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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glory, Glory Allelujah!

    The title of GLORY really fits the movie itself in term of rating. With excellent scenery, special effects, soul-inspiring background music, and the oustanding performance of the actors, this is a movie that has drawn many young people's attention to the Civil War and its 54th Infantry. Matthew Broderick's portrayal of Col.Shaw was the most perfect performance ANYone could've EVER given. *Note: This movie is wonderful for educational purpose but it's NOT a popcorn movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie making!

    Glory has all of the elements... Great story, outstanding cinematography, a beautiful score and excellent acting that all come together brilliantly! From the inspiring and tragic introduction at Antietam to the charge on Fort Wagner, this is film-making at its finest. To my surprise, the Academy did not overlook Glory, except for the fact that it was 1989's best picture and was nominated in that category. For all DVD/Home theatre owners, ADD THIS GREAT FILM TO YOUR COLLECTION!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From degredation to glory

    Early in the movie a great Black leader, Frederick Douglass, voices the underlying purpose of the first Black regiment to be raised by a northern state: to extend to its volunteer soldiers ''who have known only degredation'' the possibility of dignity and full citizenship. One of my few complaints about this otherwise excellent film is that it doesn't make this goal clear. Amid loneliness, horrific prejudice and physical danger,what motivated ordinary Black men and their White officers to risk life and reputation before Blacks were even citizens of the country they would be fighting for? The ''Prayer meeting'' scene towards the end gives one of them a chance to put some of it into words: ''We MEN, ain't we?'' However, a deleted scene, where Douglass underlines the issues in a more sophisticated way for a crowd of prospective recruits, would have taken the issues (and the motivation) further. During one of the commentaries both the actors opine that the charge on Fort Wagner accomplished nothing of much value: it's a pity that they, too, weren't brought on board.There are also some errors of historical fact for the nit-pickers, none of them vital. Otherwise it's a finely-dcrafted, well-acted movie with a lean plot and characters who develop before our eyes. Its terrifying battle sequences and the bravely soaring music draw us into it and build to a tragic but glorious climax. It should have won many more Oscars than in fact it did. The DVD edition extends the film with the Douglass scene and two others, plus commentaries by director and actors on the making of the movie and the further history of the Regiment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A few liberties, but a great movie.

    Historically, I had a few complaints: There were no runaway slaves in the 54th-they were all free Massachussets men, and their first black sergeant-major was actually one of Frederick Douglass's sons. That said, this was one powerful movie! The non-historical characters were probably needed to make the movie work, and Mathew Broderick gave one of his best performances by far. Except for the odd note of General Long's final speech being given on a beach facing the wrong way(the ocean was on their right, not left), this movie accomplished it's goals admirably. Quibbles aside, this is one of the great Civil War movies. Don't miss it!

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