January 21, 2007 - Civil War Re-enactor Richard Schimenti:
Some thoughts to share on the film Prairie Rose, A Civil
I have just finished watching the movie " Prairie Rose, A Civil War
Journey " presented by Prairie Star Productions. To say that I enjoyed
the movie would be an understatement. My 11 year old daughter watched
the movie with me and we were both captivated by the story from start to
end. I would like to recommend the movie to all who enjoy a story of
love, courage and devotion to a purpose beyond ones own safety and well
The story is about a young woman who
sets out on a journey across country with a new found friend to rescue
her husband held in a prisoner of war camp in Chicago, Ill. The two
heroines of the story have to face what seems to be insurmountable odds.
I believe you will be captivated by the charm of Sarah and the
pluckiness of Cath as myself and my daughter were. I have been a Civil
War re-enactor with the 2nd, Kentucky Cavalry Co. D for over four years
and as a result I tend to look at movies, especially history movies
about the era that I portray with a very critical eye.
I must admit that I was totally impressed with the attention to detail
portrayed throughout the entire movie. The wardrobe was meticulous, the
furniture well set for the time period. Small things that might go
unnoticed, such as the books in the book case, the bindings were all
period correct. The lawn on the front yard of Sarah's home was not mown.
The dialogue was period correct as well; (That in itself was
refreshing). The backgrounds and the scenery was also carefully chosen
to portray the proper settings for the time period.
I really recommend this movie to all who enjoy a good old fashioned love
and adventure story. My compliments to all the cast and crew that made
the movie Prairie Rose an enjoyable family movie that I will enjoy
watching many times over.
In closing, I would also like state that I paid my $22.00 for the movie
like everyone else. So I am not bound to write a favorable review out or
courtesy or obligation.
Corporal Richard Schimenti
2nd. Kentucky Cavalry, Co. D
||August 16, 2006
Step back in time........,
Sons of Confederate Veterans Member and
Mr. Steve Quick
"Prairie Rose" is the first film effort of a promising new film director
and producer, Rebecca Sutera Tulloch. It should not be her last! Set in
1862 Kentucky and Chicago it chronicles the daring journey of two young
women, Cath (played by Kaeleen Taylor) and Sarah (played by Elisa Ford),
determined to free the latter's husband from the Federal death camp
known as Camp Douglas. Both actresses are both making their feature film
debuts. Drawing on the resources of Chicago's local reenacting
community, it has the look, feel and cadence of the nineteenth century.
It brings a variety of fresh perspectives to an old conflict, and carves
out a unique niche in independent film-making.
The adventure begins when Kath makes her way to a small Kentucky farm
pursued by a couple of Pinkerton detectives who have uncovered her
covert work for the Confederacy in Camp Douglas. While in the hospital
she met a wounded soldier who pleaded that a message be given to his
wife in Kentucky. Wounded in her flight South by one of the Pinkertons,
she is nursed to recovery by Rose and her mother, portrayed by Ruth
Bukowski who turns in one of the strongest performances. The journey
North to recover her husband will be even more perilous as they must
elude the detectives and the Union army.
Camp Douglas is both historically accurate and deeply disturbing. It
portrays the inhumanity, corruption and deplorable conditions that
created its notorious reputation. This unusual combination of women's
and prisoner perspectives set this film apart and is especially daring
in an era where political correctness has such a stranglehold on
story-telling. Several outstanding cameo appearances merit mention,
including Max Daniels as Lincoln, Pam Welcome, Phil Lauricella, Stan
Bukowski and curmudgeonly cavalry officer Ward Brown. Cath is especially
compelling with a pluck that is authentic and convincing.
My only criticism would be directed at some of the accents which could
have been acquired with some practice but were conspicuous by their
absence. As to a rating there are some gruesome hospital scenes
inappropriate for very young children but the film is refreshingly free
of gratuitous profanity and vulgarity. With two children of my own I
would deem it fine for anyone over the age of ten. Otherwise I look
forward to her next film with eager anticipation. I am expecting great
things from Mrs. Tulloch.
Mr. Steve Quick