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Sherman's March (1986)

  NR Closed Captioning

Ross McElwee

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About the Movie

After his girlfriend leaves him, Ross McElwee takes a voyage along the original route taken by General William Sherman - but rather than cutting a swath of destruction designed for force the Confederate South into submission, as Sherman did, McElwee searches for love, camera in hand, "training his lens with phallic resolve on every accessible woman he meets" (Chicago Readers Circle). The Library of Congress National Film Registry recently chose "Sherman's March" for preservation as a "historically significant American motion picture." It has won documentary awards at numerous film festivals including Sundance, has been cited by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and chosen as "One of the Top 20 Documentaries of All-Time" by the International Documentary Association.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: McElwee asks us to reconnect not only with each other but with our human spirit. – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine, Jun 4, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Great Taste of the South

A search for love in the South with history as a backdrop. Quite funny, surprisingly charming.

Oh Yes

One of the first documentaries I ever saw. Both crazy and BRAVE. And before video cameras. This is an ACHIEVEMENT.

2 thumbs way up!!

Basically, if you have any appreciation for documentaries and have any sense of humor/intelligence, and have an appreciation for films that were a brave and successful benchmark in the history of movies - then I highly recommend watching!!

Sherman's March (1986)
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