Men Go to Battle

Directed by Zachary Treitz
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98 Minutes
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“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.


  • Tim Morton
  • David Maloney
  • Rachel Korine
  • Steve Coulter
DVD Features

Director and Cast Commentary\nOuttakes\nDeleted Scenes\nBonus short: Operation Commando, directed by Jan Czarlewski

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "An instant-classic Western..."
    Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  • Highest Rating
    "...takes us back into the everyday lives of such a troubled time period without feeling heavy-handed or manipulative."
    Meredith Alloway, The Daily Buzz
  • Highest Rating
    "A darkly comedic but historically accurate look at two brothers whose escalating pranks are interrupted by the Civil War."
    Jeremy Kay, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "CRITIC'S PICK!...the movie aspires to an over-the-shoulder immediacy of perspective...there’s much of value here."
    Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
World Narrative Competition
Tribeca Film Festival

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