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Glory (1989)  IMDB   Website
Genre Drama/War MPAA R
Director Edward Zwick Rating
Writer Robert Gould Shaw Runtime 122 minutes
Producer Pieter Jan Brugge Type Movie
Cinematographer Freddie Francis Format DVD
Studio Tri-Star Pictures Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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Based on the letters of Colonel Robert G. Shaw. Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Summary written by: Murray Chapman {muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au}
Actor / Character

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Matthew Broderick ..... Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington ..... Private Trip
Cary Elwes ..... Major Cabot Forbes
Morgan Freeman ..... Sergeant Major John Rawlins
Jihmi Kennedy ..... Private Jupiter Sharts
Andre Braugher ..... Corporal Thomas Searles
John Finn ..... Sergeant Major Mulcahy
Donovan Leitch ..... Captain Charles Fessenden Morse
JD Cullum ..... Henry Sturgis Russell
Alan North ..... Governor John Albion Andrew
Bob Gunton ..... General Harker
Cliff De Young ..... Colonel James M. Montgomery
Christian Baskous ..... Edward L. Pierce
RonReaco Lee ..... Mute Drummer Boy
Jay O. Sanders ..... General George Crockett Strong
Awards

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(1989) Academy - Best Art Direction (nom) ..... Garry Lewis
(1989) Academy - Best Art Direction (nom) ..... Norman Garwood
(1989) Academy - Best Cinematography (win) ..... Freddie Francis
(1989) Academy - Best Editing (nom) ..... Steven Rosenblum
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (win) ..... Russell Williams II
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (win) ..... Gregg Rudloff
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (win) ..... Elliot Tyson
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (win) ..... Mitchell, Donald O.
(1989) Academy - Best Supporting Actor (win) ..... Denzel Washington
(1989) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Supporting Actor (nom) ..... Denzel Washington
(1989) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Supporting Actor (nom) ..... Denzel Washington
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Director (nom) ..... Edward Zwick
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Film (Drama) (nom) .....
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Original Score (nom) ..... James Horner
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Screenplay (nom) ..... Kevin Jarre
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor (win) ..... Denzel Washington
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor (win) .....
Review

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Edward Zwick's account of the experience of the first group of African-Americans to serve in combat during the Civil War is a rousing display of pageantry. The film was based partly on the letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the commander of the all-black 54th Regiment of the Massachussetts Volunteers, a unit formed to test the widely doubted ability of black troops to serve in combat. The film details the racist indignities to which the black soldiers were subjected, such as a lower rate of pay than white troops and delays in receiving provisions. The drama of the black regiment's training sequence, such as it is, revolves around the ability of Shaw to remedy these problems. Zwick has fabricated a group of four black characters to represent a cross section of the regiment, but, as in a WWI movie, their only purpose here is to bond and prepare to fight. As the film approaches its climax, with James Horner's theme becoming more throbbingly insistent, it's consumed almost entirely in the kind of pageantry that was John Ford's specialty. Just as this begins to become annoying, Zwick plunges one back into the horror of war in the attack on Fort Wagner. While one can quibble with aspects of the film, such as making a white officer the lead and narrator, the surfeit of TV-movie-like uplift, and the lack of substance in the parts of the black characters, all are outweighed by value of the film in more widely disseminating an invaluable piece of history. The project benefits from tremendous performances by Morgan Freeman as the unit's elder statesman, and Denzel Washington, who garnered an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. --- Michael Costello

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