The Historian's Movie Review

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Apr 26, 2015


I just wanted to post a quick message with two-ish big announcements:

First and foremost thank you all for your support! We have reached a milestone this month with over 300 downloads! Never did I thnik this show would be that popular. I, as well as Gerard Butler, thank you!

We also made the New and Noteworthy section on iTunes! 

Also, The Historian's Movie Review is now a part of the History Podcasts Network. You can find this podcast as well as many other

Thanks again for the support, and keep learning!






Apr 25, 2015


Note: Audio quality in this episode has been fixed.

Warning: This episode contains plot spoilers and course language - mildly NSFW

After a prolonged hiatus The Historian's Movie Review is back!

In this week's episode I talk about the TV miniseries Andersonville. Topics discussed include the real Colonel Wirtz, the trial and execution of prisoners at Andersonville, and how Tom Wilson is my favorite actor.

This week's episode is brought to you by Audible. You can support the show, and get a 30-day ree trial by using the link


Andersonville IMDB 

Ransom, John, Andersonville Diary (audiobook)

Roberts, Edward W., Andersonville Journey

Sanders Jr, Charles W., While in the Hands of the Enemy: Military Prisons of the Civil War

Andersonville National Historical Site

Intro Music - "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Interstitial, and Outro Music - "Dixieland (Union Version)"



Andersonville Prison, Library of Congress


Henry Wirz


 Execution of Capt. Henry Wirtz, Library of Congress

Apr 18, 2015

[Boys and teacher in classroom at the Golden Industrial School, Denver, Colorado(?)]

Boys and teacher in classroom at Golden Industrial School, Denver Colorado, 1910-1915, courtesey of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog


So, I wanted to give you all a brief update about why shows have been less frequent this month. 

The short answer is -- work.

If you've listened to the first few episodes you'll know that I teach at a local college, and this being the end of the semester grading and end of term insanity has caught up with me.

Fear not though! I will have a new episode out in the next few days, and once the semester is over I should be back to a more regular schedule.

Thank you all for your support and keep learning.


Apr 11, 2015

Civil War soldiers reading letters from home

Picture of a group of Union officers in Culpeper, VA - coutrtesey of The Smithsonian article "Six Books on the Civil War".

What film do you want to see reviewed in future episodes? These men are reading all of your emails, tweets, and letters with suggestions.

You can contact me @histmovie on Twitter or through email

You can also take this survey to voice your opinion about what movies I should review in the future.

Apr 8, 2015



Note: Audio quality has been fixed in this episode.

In this week's episode of the Historian's Movie Review I look at the film Gettysburg -- the first in a series observing the end of the Civil War in April of 1865.

Topics discussed include Lee's failed plan at Gettysburg, Civil War medicine, and Jeff Daniels' moustache.

This week's episode is sponsored by Audible. You can get a 30-day free trial and a free download if you visit



IMDB, Gettysburg


Desjardin, Thomas, Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Battle of Gettysburg

Carhart, Tom, Lost Triumph: Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg, and Why it Failed

Intro Music - "Kelly's Irish Brigade" 

Ad Break Music - "Scarce O'Tatties"

Outro Music - "We'll Fight for Uncle Sam"



Apr 3, 2015

An audience buying tickets at the Regal Cinema, Chicago, 1940s - Northwest Chicago Film Society 


This week's episode of the Historian's Movie Review will be delayed, but there will be one in the next few days.




Apr 1, 2015


April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and all this month The Historian's Movie Review will be reviewing Civil War films. 

Have an idea for a film I should review? Drop me a line @histmovie or