ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL

 

Horrifying and fascinating, this superb made-for-television drama, set just after the Civil War, chronicles the trial of those Confederate officers who ran the dreaded Andersonville prison where nearly 50,000 captured Union soldiers were sent (14,000 died there).Director George C. Scott has fashioned a realistic and gripping account of the war-crimes trial of the camp's administrators. As the case unfolds, the film shows many horrific details of the ways prisoners were tortured and abused. MacKinlay Kantor's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel provides the basis for this provocative expose of the dark side of American history.

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