Men Go to Battle
“An instant-classic Western” (The New Yorker), director Zachary Treitz brings contemporary indie filmmaking sensibilities to this Civil War dramedy. Most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but bumbling brothers Henry and Francis Mellon couldn't care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes become more and more aggressive and Henry is one his last never. After humiliating himself in front of the daughter (SPRING BREAKER’s Rachel Korine) of the town's preeminent family, Henry disappears in the night. Months later, Francis learns that Henry has joined the Union army, and the two are left to find out separately what the approaching war will bring.
Director and Cast Commentary\nOuttakes\nDeleted Scenes\nBonus short: Operation Commando, directed by Jan Czarlewski
Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound
- "An instant-classic Western..."
- "...takes us back into the everyday lives of such a troubled time period without feeling heavy-handed or manipulative."
- "A darkly comedic but historically accurate look at two brothers whose escalating pranks are interrupted by the Civil War."
- "CRITIC'S PICK!...the movie aspires to an over-the-shoulder immediacy of perspective...there’s much of value here."
Awards & Recognition
World Narrative Competition
Tribeca Film Festival