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Director: Edward Zwick

Cast: Edward Zwick, Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman


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Glory is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved have been ignored by history due to racism. Those heroes were the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the son of an influential abolitionist (played…  See more details below


Glory is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved have been ignored by history due to racism. Those heroes were the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the son of an influential abolitionist (played by an uncredited Jane Alexander). Despite the fact that the Civil War is ostensibly being fought on their behalf, the black soldiers are denied virtually every privilege and amenity that is matter of course for their white counterparts; as in armies past and future, they are given the most menial and demeaning of tasks. Still, none of the soldiers quit the regiment when given the chance. The unofficial leaders of the group are gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and fugitive slave Trip (Denzel Washington), respectively representing the brains and heart of the organization. The 54th acquit themselves valiantly at Fort Wagner, SC, charging a fortification manned by some 1,000 Confederates. Glory was based on Lincoln Kirstein's Lay This Laurel and Peter Burchard's One Gallant Rush; the latter book was founded on the letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, the real-life character played by Matthew Broderick. The film won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for co-star Denzel Washington, and additional statuettes for Best Cinematography (Freddie Francis) and Sound Recording.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This stirring, meticulously produced historical drama pays long-overdue tribute to the nation's first all-black infantry unit, organized to fight for the Union during the Civil War. It provides a great role for Matthew Broderick, who is letter-perfect as the idealistic but callow Colonel Shaw, charged with training an undisciplined group of former slaves that becomes the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Morgan Freeman is equally impressive as an intelligent, dignified soldier who clashes regularly with cynical malcontent Denzel Washington, whose dynamic portrayal earned him a richly deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. All the acting is great, for that matter, but ultimately Glory's effectiveness is determined by director Edward Zwick (Courage Under Fire), who expertly balances the need for verisimilitude with the demands of cinematic storytelling. He recreates the era, the events, and the attitudes with remarkable fidelity -- in part by relying on the real-life Shaw's diaries -- and stages his harrowing battle scenes with both panoramic sweep and surgical precision. Brimming with emotion and grandeur, Glory documents a long-forgotten aspect of Civil War history in an immensely satisfying manner. The two-disc DVD Special Edition has a rich selection of extras, including from commentary from Zwick, Freeman, and Broderick; a documentary, "The True Story of Glory Continues," narrated by Freeman; and an exclusive featurette entitled "Voices Of Glory."
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Edward Zwick's account of the experience of a group of African-Americans who served 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.

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Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington Trip
Morgan Freeman John Rawlins
Cary Elwes Cabot Forbes
Cliff De Young Col. Montgomery
Andre Braugher Searles
Jihmi Kennedy Sharts
Jane Alexander Mrs. Shaw
John Finn Sgt. Mulcahy
Bob Gunton General Hunter
Alan North Gov. Andrew
Christian Baskous Pierce
RonReaco Lee Mute Drummer Boy
Jay O. Sanders Gen. Strong
Richard Riehle Quartermaster
Mark A. Levy Bigoted Soldier
Ray Godshall Dr. Thorpe
Donovan Leitch Morse
J.D. Cullum Russell
Michael Smith Guess "A" Company Soldier
Abdul Salaam El Razaac "A" Company Soldiers
Peter Michael Goetz Francis Shaw
Pete Munro Surgeon
Benji Wilhoite Young Soldier
Ethan Phillips Hospital Steward
Randell Haynes Paymaster
Afemo Omilami Tall Contraband
Keith Noble Short Contraband
Dan Biggers Minister
Marc Gowan Dr. Rogers
Bob Minor Contraband Soldier
Joan Riordan White Woman
Saundra Franks Black Woman
Mark A. Jones 54th Soldier
Mark Margolis 10th Conn. Soldier
Paul Desmond 10th Conn. Soldier
Richard Wright 10th Conn. Soldier
Raymond St. Jacques Frederick Douglass
Daniel Jenkins "A" Company Officer
Chad Dowdell Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
Lance Norris Man In Crowd (Boston)
Freddie Fields Actor

Technical Credits
Edward Zwick Director
Pieter Jan Brugge Co-producer
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
Freddie Fields Producer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Marshall Herskovitz Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Jarre Screenwriter
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Bob Minor Stunts
Keith Pain Art Director
Mario Roberts Stunts
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Gregg Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Webster Art Director
Kevin Yagher Special Effects

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Glory 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this DVD both for the movie "Glory" and for the extras included. The acting was what I've come to expect from the lead actors. The story this DVD told should be an inspiration to us all.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely a movie touches me as deeply as Glory has. From its stunning acting performances, through all too realistic war scenes, and to the heart of the true soul and character of the 54th regiment Mass, this epic war film epitomizes the hardships of all black infantries. This movie cannot go unseen by any Civil War historian and truly, by any American. There is a deep message portrayed through this masterpiece, a message of courage and faith when all of the world seems to be the enemy. The 54th, though, vowed never to surrender and through that, they came to the realization of what our mission is in this fight we call life... Glory.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the touching story of the 54th Mass. and the Battle of Ft. Wagner. What made this movie great was a cast of fantastic actors. This is Mathew Broderick's best performance. Freeman, Washington, and Yules expectedly give great performances. Its a must see movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing movie. It's absolutley wonderful. It's perfectly made, and the cast does a fantastic job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie shows the bravery of Colored Troops during the Civil War, and the prejudices they endured by thier own army. Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick are supurb. Broderick is one of my favorite actors, as he can play a variety of roles. Who ever thought that the actor who played the inspirational Col. Shaw was the same guy who played the wise-cracking Ferris Bueler? Like the Tuskegee Airmen, 'Glory' gives Colored Northern Troops their due. Now, I'd like to see a movie that centers around the 80,000 free blacks who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely does a movie touch me but 'Glory' just touched me so much. Denzel Washington was fantastic as well as Morgan Freeman. What made this movie so great was the Performance of Matthew Broderick as he was at his best. Broderick plays Colonel Shaw and a fine job he did do. This movie is about the first black infantry unit in the US. This by far was the best movie i have ever seen and i would recommend it to anyone that enjoys action movies. The battle scenes were done very well. The ending will touch everyone and as everyone will be sad by it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just showed this movie to my HS sophomores and they loved it. For the most part they have been disinterested in history, but after this movie, many of them are asking for more information. It hits closer to home since I teach in Massachusetts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true must see. Fantastic story... superb acting... gripping realistic war scenes... and a soundtrack that evokes emotion. One of my favorite films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glory is truly a very remarkable movie. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorites. I'm quite certain that it has touched the hearts of hundreds of viewers...
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watched this movie in history class, and i honestly think everyone in the class fell in love with it, and the teacher claims she gets goosebumps during certain parts, when, after seeing it hundreds of times, sometimes 5 times a day(for the 5 classes) on movie days, she still gets goosbumps. this movie is a real winner-and im only in 8th grade
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tribute to some of the greatest and bravest soldiers in the history of our Union. We must never forget their sacrifices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a heart-wrenching portrayal of actual history that was ignored for too long. It is unbelievable what these men sacrificed in the face of blatant discrimination. They gave their lives for the sake of all future generations. Their dignity and courage moved me to tears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glory was one of the most accurate Civil War movies ever made to date. The dates were all correct and the battle scenes were notably accurate. This movie is a great movie for a research project on the Civil War, but not exactly the kind of movie someone would watch for entertainment, unless he/she was very much interested in history, then it would be entertaining for him/her. However, if you are doing a research project on the Civil War, specifically the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, then this movie is excellent for that. I'm not a big history fan myself, but I was doing a Civil War research paper and that's how I came across this movie, it helped me a lot with my paper, but I wouldn't say I would watch it again for entertainment, but if I ever needed to research the Civil War again for future years,then this would be at the top of my list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glory, a movie that closely follows the life and hardships of the men involved in the 54th Massachusetts Regiment is both an inspiring and fairly accurate film in terms of relating to the people and events of the time. In particular, the movie follows the battle scenes such as Ft. Wagner to an astonishly accurate degree, according to the opinion of Shelby Foote, a distinguished historian who played a key role in reviewing the film's battle scene contents. At the same time, Glory contains its innacuracies and flaws as well. When one of the men of the 54th is caught as being a deserter for example, he is severely whipped. By 1863 however, this practice was outlawed in the north and would not have been ordered by the troop Colonel. An even more obvious flaw stands in the fact that the African American characters of the film are mostly fictional characters, while the leaders such as Colonel Robert Shaw were real people. Why is there no mention of some of the notable people in the troop such as the sons of Frederick Douglas or Sargeant William Carney? These questions are left unanswered. Even with its negatives, the overall effects of Glory are what prove to matter the most. As a result, it has become a useful teaching tool as the majority of it accurately follows the events of the time. Moreover, it has led people to find a greater appreciation for the history of our nation, and caused many to find the desire to further learn about the inside story of the Massachusetts 54th.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glory chronicles the story of the Massachusetts 54th regiment and its leader, Robert Shaw. It vilifies the Confederate forces from the start and shows them as the attackers. Shaw and his men start out distant and constantly clash, but as training wears on, he begins to bond with them and form a real connection. As the men enter the Battle of Fort Wagner, they are inspired by Shaw's drive and keep the colors flying high even after he falls. The men of the Massachusetts 54th caused others to join the war effort, especially other African Americans. Overall, I enjoyed Glory, although it was a little long. However, the story portrayed is a powerful one that is still remembered today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is the color of freedom? I was moved by the acting done by these great men. I almost felt as if I was transported back in time. Bullets know no man and freedom knows no color. Either we're all free or we're all imprisoned. The lessons here are paramount. Great DVD. Get it today. You will not be disappointed
susanmacatee More than 1 year ago
I owned this DVD years ago, but it got misplaced and I just had to purchase it again. This movie, based on a true story, so intriqued me that I love to watch it over and over. The realism is unsurpassed! This and other great Civil War stories I've watched or read inspired me to write several Civil War romances of my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago