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General Orders No. 9

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Robert Persons

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About the Movie

Awarded for its visionary cinematography, GENERAL ORDERS NO.9 breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South. The stunning culmination of over eleven years' work from first time writer-director Robert Persons, General Orders No. 9 marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between nature and man's progress, and reaches a bittersweet reconciliation all its own. Told entirely with images, poetry, and music, GENERAL ORDERS NO.9 is unlike any film you have ever seen. A story of maps, dreams, and prayers, it's one last trip down the rabbit hole before it's paved over.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen." – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jun 23, 2011

Fresh: This naturalist reflection on a violated world is a little too high on its own holiness, but it introduces a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 21, 2011

Rotten: General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry. – Keith Uhlich, Time Out, Jun 22, 2011

Rotten: The film haphazardly follows the self-destructive path by which, in its own words, "deer trail becomes Indian trail becomes county road becomes interstate." – Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine, Jun 20, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Great Film about the Changing Landscape of the South

This movie is like a lyrical poem, an ode to the changing of the South due to the buildup of cities, roads and the disconnections those caused. It is beautiful, having won many cinematography awards at film festivals. More than one critic has compared it to "Tree of Life" and it came out before that film. It is an wholly original work of art, something you rarely find anymore, and this throws some critics and viewers for a loop, but those who explore this film will be rewarded.


I gave this film five stars based on the trailer, alone. A wonderful, enriching experience. Thank you Robert Persons, and all others connect to this film. It is important that you continue making films like this.

Great movie!

Its the lorax for adults.....loved it!

General Orders No. 9
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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