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Ronald F. Maxwell (born January 5, 1947) is an independent film director and writer from Clifton, New Jersey. He is most famous for writing and directing the American Civil War epics Gettysburg (1993)[1] and Gods and Generals (2003).[2] The third part of the Civil War trilogy written by Michael Shaara and his son Jeffrey Shaara, The Last Full Measure, is a project currently waiting for financial backing, since the bankroller of the first two parts, Ted Turner, backed out following the poor reception of Gods and Generals.

In 2007, Maxwell optioned the film rights to novelist Speer Morgan's 1979 book Belle Starr. Starr was a legendary female outlaw of the Old West. In the December 2008 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, Maxwell is mentioned as being the director of the forthcoming film Belle Starr.

A New Jersey native, Maxwell attended Clifton High School.[3]. He graduated from New York University (NYU) Institute of Film in 1967. He received his MFA from New York University (NYU) in 1969. Fluent in French, Maxwell is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East, Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



According to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center the conservative Maxwell subscribes to the reconquista theory that Mexico is secretly planning to annex the southwestern United States. The same report indicates that Maxwell considered producing a film version of Frenchman Jean Raspail's novel The Camp of the Saints.

This entry above is false. Mr Maxwell has never subscribed to the ridiculous notion that "Mexico is secretly planning to annex the southwestern United States." There is no expression of this opinion in any of his public statements or writings, any where. Mr. Maxwell also never considered producing a film version of Frenchman Jean Raspail's novel, The Camp of the Saints." The entire entry from the Southern Poverty Law Center is false and defamatory.

Furthermore, a film version of Jean Raspail's book, The Camp of the Saints, was in fact produced by the BBC, titled as The March. It aired in the UK in 1990.

In the film, a charismatic political leader called El-Mahdi leads a quarter of a million people out of a Sudanese refugee camp on a 3,000-mile march to Europe under the slogan "We are poor because you are rich"--a message the movie made little effort to contradict.

In The Camp of the Saints, a collection of philanthropists and activists incite a million underfed Indians to board a flotilla of rusty ships for Europe, with dire consequences, including the trampling to death of the well-wishers who rush to welcome the disembarking hordes. Raspail's vision captures more of the complexity of the modern world than does The March. Political clashes are provoked not just by simple inequalities but by accidents, the vanity of intellectual elites, and the snowball effect of the mass media. What the BBC's filmmakers saw as conscience, Raspail saw as a mix of cowardice and unintended consequences.


Maxwell currently resides in Rappahannock County, Virginia. He's a regular at the Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill as well as Bleu Rock Inn in Washington, Va.



  1. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Review/Film; When War Was All Glory and Bands and Death", The New York Times, October 8, 1993. Accessed October 22, 2007. "Ronald F. Maxwell's four-hour cinematic re-creation of the battle that was the turning point of the Civil War has a stately tone and meticulous attention to historical detail that make it feel more like an epic documentary than a dramatic film. "Gettysburg," adapted by Mr. Maxwell from Michael Shaara's novel "The Killer Angels," limits itself to the first three days of July 1863, when 150,000 soldiers threw themselves into a battle in which more than a quarter of them became casualties."
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen. "FILM REVIEW; Gory, Glory Hallelujah: Not Just Whistlin' 'Dixie'", The New York Times, February 21, 2003. Accessed October 22, 2007. "Both films were written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell and adapted from a sequence of Civil War books begun by Michael Shaara, whose 1974 novel, The Killer Angels, became the movie Gettsysburg. Since Shaara's death in 1988, his work has been carried on by his son, Jeff, whose novel Gods and Generals was published seven years ago."
  3. ^ Biography: Ronald F. Maxwell - Narrator, Horses of Gettysburg. Accessed June 17, 2007. "Ronald F. Maxwell is the son of a World War II veteran and a French war bride. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Clifton High School."

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