Glory (1989)

Glory (1989)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Drama | History | War
  • Director: Edward Zwick
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes


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.

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  • This film explores one of the African American contributions to the American Civil War, through the story of the 54th Regiment, an experimental fighting force lead by white colonel Robert Shaw. loosely based on Shaw’s real-life story, this film creates a powerful context for exploring racial politics, courage, dignity, hope, trust and the cause of freedom in the American late 19th century.

    There are not enough praises in the English language to express how I feel about this incredibly emotional and amazingly well acted film. There were also not enough academy awards, nor any other award, to give Glory the recognition it deserved. This is a story of triumphant humanity and respect from which every denizen of planet earth could take important lessons. Everybody involved with this film should be commended for helping to bring it about. The cast never mis-steps, and the cinematography, script and editing make the entire two hours of the film flood by like a river which has still not quite reached the sea.

    There are black heroes and white heroes in this film. There is also a study of cowardice in its many forms, colors, and ways. And there is a certain redemption, hope and love running throughout the film which makes it the classic it has become. There is no sense in describing the plot. Suffice to say, the story brings tears to my eyes every time.

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