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Why has there never been a Major Motion Picture Depicting the Life of General Nathan Bedford Forrest?

Updated on October 29, 2014

How Bout it Mr. Tarantino?

I feel embarrassed at the fact that my own ancestor far removed has never received a storytelling quite like those done by the now famous Quentin Tarantino or even an Oliver Stone. I think that whoever would undertake the process of putting the General's story to film could greatly benefit their own career and filmography by telling his story.

First off, I think Quentin Tarantino would be my first choice as a possible director or screenwriter for such a movie. He seems to be able to bring the best qualities out of some of the darker characters that are in his films such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and The Inglorious Bastards. The General is obviously a controversial figure that emotes an immediate image of the Klan when his name is spoken around certain ill informed individuals. His questionable aura could be accurately explained by someone like Tarantino with all of the documentation on the records about the General. And many of the records depict the more reasonable and human side of Forrest. I think that a lot of the stories fit very well into a movie of the sort famous gave Tarantino his fame.

This is a Call for Action to Movie Directors

I believe that by starting enough communication about the lack of a solid movie and storytelling of the "real" side of Nathan Bedford Forrest there can be a worthy director to step forward and make the movie happen. Whether that is done by fans and interested learners wanting to urge directors like Tarantino to direct a similar movie or by rookie directors taking the lead and making the General's story into a movie.

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      Justin Kelly Duckworth 2 years ago from Tennessee

      Alastar, you bring a great point. It was VERY personal. Thanks for your honesty.

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      Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

      The War Between the States was violence personified. Forrest fought it that way, often, against what he considered invaders. No one in their right mind can deny the fact that Forrest was a hard man and supremacist. He was also one of the greatest cavalry commanders in military history. A director? Who could do the story justice in all its sorrow and wrongs...and glory, with no revisionism? That's a good one to ponder on.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      I think your choice of Tarantino is inspired. Only making a movie similar to Inglorious Bastards would do Forrest's violent life justice. Making a "serious" movie about the man might be too depressing but it would be a reality check for many in the South. Slaveholder, war criminal and helping to found the KKK might be tough to take.