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Cast: David Arquette, Luke Benward, Max Lloyd-Jones, Zach Roerig, Lauren Holly, Mary Mouser, Nolan Gould, Jason Isaacs, Tom Skerritt
Based on a true story of the American Civil War, this film shows the bravery of a group of teenage cadets who were called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley against General Grantís (Tom Skerritt) Union forces, under the leadership of Captain Henry DuPont (David Arquette). 274 young men from the Virginia Military Institute are ordered to provide support for the more seasoned troops in the strategic battle. When the Confederate soldiers are outnumbered, General John C. Breckenridge (John Isaacs) makes the agonizing decision to send the young men into the melee. A band of seven friends, each with their own set of values and feelings about the war, soon come together as one when faced with the most shattering moments of their young lives.
"Field of Lost Shoes" is based on a true story but the film does seem to take sides so to take it as fact is a bit of a stretch but if you can get passed that it is an enjoyable Civil War flick.
The film mainly focuses on the group of young soldiers and their reasons for fighting and what they all hope for in the future but what surprised me the most was how well done the battle scenes were considering the film was done on a small budget.
Speaking of being impressed, the entire cast did a great job playing their roles including, David Arquette, Tom Skerritt and John Isaacs to name only a few. As I stated before the film seems to take sides regarding the slave issue and it depicts it as being the reason for the war in the first place when there was actually several reasons besides the slavery issue which was important by itself.
Historians will have a beef with the film's story while everyone else will enjoy it for what it is. If you like this sort of war film then I recommend checking it out, the cast is reason enough.
"Field of Lost Shoes" is available on DVD now, you can order it HERE.
Released by Arc Entertainment
*** Out Of *****