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Title

Walking in Memphis

Artist

Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn is an American singer who was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His first song “Walking in Memphis” is his best-known work. He won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1992.

Released in 1973 it was Palmer’s first Top 40 Hit in the US. It has been covered many times by artists such as Mint Julep, Amy Grant and Joe Cocker.

Song

Walking in Memphis

Movie

Gettysburg

Filmed in 1993, Gettysburg is based on the historical novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Robert Maxwell. The movie, at 254 minutes, is one of the longest films ever released by a major US studio.

It stars Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott and Stephen Lang.

Genre

Historical Epic

Plot Synopsis

The story of the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle fought from July 1 – July 3, 1863, which ultimately determined the outcome of the American Civil War. The story is told from the viewpoints of several of the key figures of the battle including Robert E. Lee (Martin Sheen), James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) and George Pickett (Stephen Lang) on the Confederate side and John Buford (Sam Elliott) and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) on the Union side.

Fun Facts

Gettysburg was partly filmed on the actual site of the 1863 battle, the first time the US National Parks Service ever allowed that to happen. The bulk of the scenes were filmed on a nearby farm. A re-enactment of the battle takes place on the weekend of July 4th every year (the actual battle ended on July 3rd, 1863) and many of the re-enactors returned for the filming of the movie.

Ted Turner, head of the studio has a cameo in the movie as does Ken Burns, the creator of an epic 11-hour PBS series on the Civil War.

Clip

Gettysburg

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