scofield’s performance and the historic story are the highlights of this best picture winner. as usual the academy dropped the ball here, but not as badly as in some years. the good the bad and the ugly, battle of algiers, el dorado, and who’s afraid of virginia woolf all came out this year and were better than this. drags a bit in spots. considering the time period, though, the film was fairly enjoyable. generally speaking i don’t enjoy films that takes place before the civil war. sarris writes that zinneman is capable, but boring. he indicts his lack of creativity and willingness to move outside of realism. can’t disagree, but also have to note that he turned out some good, though unamazing, films.