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Glory -- Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.


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Writers (WGA):
Kevin Jarre (screenplay)
Lincoln Kirstein (book)
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16 February 1990 (USA) See more »
Their innocence. Their heritage. Their lives. Nothing would be spared in the fight for their freedom.
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Broderick ... Col. Robert Gould Shaw

Denzel Washington ... Pvt. Trip

Cary Elwes ... Maj. Cabot Forbes

Morgan Freeman ... Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Jihmi Kennedy ... Pvt. Jupiter Sharts

Andre Braugher ... Cpl. Thomas Searles

John Finn ... Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy

Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Capt. Charles Fessenden Morse (as Donovan Leitch)

JD Cullum ... Henry Sturgis Russell (as John David Cullum)
Alan North ... Gov. John Albion Andrew

Bob Gunton ... Gen. Charles Garrison Harker

Cliff De Young ... Col. James M. Montgomery (as Cliff DeYoung)

Christian Baskous ... Edward L. Pierce

RonReaco Lee ... Mute Drummer Boy

Jay O. Sanders ... Gen. George Crockett Strong

Richard Riehle ... Quartermaster
Daniel Jenkins ... 'A' Company Officer
Michael Smith Guess ... 'A' Company Soldier

Abdul Salaam El Razzac ... 'A' Company Soldier

Peter Michael Goetz ... Francis George Shaw
Pete Munro ... Surgeon
Benji Wilhoite ... Young Soldier

Ethan Phillips ... Hospital Steward
Mark A. Levy ... Bigoted Soldier
Randell Haynes ... Paymaster

Afemo Omilami ... Tall Contraband
Keith Noble ... Short Contraband
Dan Biggers ... Minister
Marc Gowan ... Dr. William B. Rogers
Raymond Godshall Jr. ... Dr. Charles G. Thorpe

Bob Minor ... Contraband Soldier
Joan Riordan ... White Woman
Saundra Dunson-Franks ... Black Woman (as Saundra Franks)
Mark A. Jones ... 54th Soldier
Peter Grandfield ... 10th Connecticut Soldier

Mark Margolis ... 10th Connecticut Soldier
Paul Desmond ... 10th Connecticut Soldier
Tom Barrington ... 10th Connecticut Soldier
Michael Fowler ... 10th Connecticut Soldier
Richard Wright ... 10th Connecticut Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Alex ... Re-Enactor Core Group and Company A (uncredited)

Jane Alexander ... Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw (uncredited)
Frank Blair ... Darian Farmer (uncredited)
Carla Brothers ... Charlotte Forten (uncredited)

Bill Chemerka ... Confederate Officer (uncredited)

Sheila Cochran ... Home dweller (uncredited)
Rachel Lea Grundfast ... Ellen Shaw (uncredited)

Kevin R. Hershberger ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Kevin Jarre ... 10th Connecticut Soldier (uncredited)
Jay Lance ... Union Soldier (uncredited)

Rick Leisenring ... Union Officer (uncredited)
William Mathis ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Matthew Murdzak ... Captain (uncredited)

Bill Nunn ... (uncredited)

Larry Peterson ... Union Officer (uncredited)
Alejandro de Quesada ... Confederate / Union Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Ragland ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)

Raymond St. Jacques ... Frederick Douglass (uncredited)

Michael Wayne Thomas ... Soldier (uncredited)
Rodger Williamson ... Union Cavalryman (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Zwick 
Writing credits
Kevin Jarre (screenplay)

Lincoln Kirstein (book "Lay This Laurel")

Peter Burchard (book "One Gallant Rush")

Robert Gould Shaw (letters)

Produced by
Pieter Jan Brugge .... co-producer
Sarah Caplan .... associate producer
Freddie Fields .... producer
P.K. Fields .... associate producer (as P.K. Fields Zimmerman)
Ray Herbeck Jr. .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Freddie Francis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steven Rosenblum 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
Art Direction by
Keith Pain (supervising art director)
Dan Webster 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
Costume Design by
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck 
Makeup Department
Everett Burrell .... makeup effects crew: Kevin Yagher Productions
Elle Elliott .... key hair stylist (as Elle Elliot)
Carl Fullerton .... makeup department supervisor
Julian Ledger .... makeup effects crew: Kevin Yagher Productions
Linda Peterson .... hair stylist
Ron Pipes .... makeup effects crew: Kevin Yagher Productions (as Ron Pipes II)
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist (as Frank Carrisosa)
Sean Rodgers .... makeup effects crew: Kevin Yagher Productions
Mike Trcic .... makeup effects crew: Kevin Yagher Productions (as Michael Trcic)
Kevin Yagher .... makeup effects creator
Mark C. Yagher .... makeup effects crew: Kevin Yagher Productions
Vera Yurtchuk .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pieter Jan Brugge .... unit production manager
Carol Dantuono .... post-production supervisor (as Carol Dantuono Blake)
Tom Luse .... assistant unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... second assistant director: second unit
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... second assistant director: second unit (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Karen Estelle Collins .... additional second assistant director (as Karen E. Collins)
Skip Cosper .... first assistant director
Louis D'Esposito .... first assistant director: second unit
Douglas Dean III .... second assistant director (as Douglas F. Dean III)
Dan Lerner .... second unit director
Douglas S. Ornstein .... second assistant director: second unit (as Doug Ornstein)
Robert Rothbard .... second assistant director
Richard 'Dub' Wright .... additional second assistant director (as Richard Wayde Wright)
Art Department
Guy Barnes .... property master
Tony Belmonte .... drapery
Kelly Farrah .... assistant property master
Bobby Joe Garren .... greens foreman (as Bobby Garren)
Doug C. Lewis .... assistant property master (as Douglas C. Lewis)
Mike Margaros .... labor foreman
Ben Massi .... paint foreman (as Benny P. Massi)
Bernard Alan McPherson .... construction foreman (as Bernie McPherson)
Alan Munro .... production illustrator
Andrew Precht .... assistant art director
John Root .... sign painter
Marvin Salsberg .... construction coordinator
Jeff Spellerberg .... assistant property master
Mark Woods .... leadman
Dave Barnes .... art production assistant (uncredited)
Ken Counts .... set constructor (uncredited)
Robert Engle .... set dresser (uncredited)
Patrick Fuhrman .... set dresser (uncredited)
K. Drew Fuller .... carpenter (uncredited)
Paul Vincent Fusco .... props (uncredited)
Jody Gaber .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Scott Garrett .... set dresser (uncredited)
Margaret Hungerford .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Amy McGary .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Abbott .... digital sound effects recordist
Bill Abbott .... sound mixer: second unit
Albert Aquino .... boom operator
Robert Batha .... assistant sound editor
Bob Beher .... assistant sound editor (as Robert Behr)
Lon Bender .... sound designer (as Lon E. Bender)
Lon Bender .... sound re-recording mixer (as Lon E. Bender)
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
James Cavarretta .... dubbing recordist (as Jim Cavarretta)
Laurel Doran .... foley artist
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Sukey Fontelieu .... foley supervisor
George Fredrick .... sound editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound editor
Avram D. Gold .... sound editor (as Avram Gold)
Kevin Hearst .... sound editor
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr editor (as Devon Heffley-Curry)
Chris Hogan .... digital sound editor: weapons
Alan Holly .... foley mixer
Jack Keller .... dubbing recordist
Chet Leonard .... cableman
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Lisa Miller .... assistant sound editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (as J. Dan O'Connell)
Kelly Oxford .... assistant sound editor (as Kelley Oxford)
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gregg C. Rudloff)
Frank Smathers .... sound editor
David Spence .... sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... digital sound effects recordist
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim Waugh .... digital sound effects recordist
Russell Williams II .... production sound mixer (as Russell Williams)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor (as Marshall Wynn)
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Phil Hadaway .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Mark Lanza .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Motyer .... voiceover recordist (uncredited)
David Young .... digital sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects coordinator
Hans Metz .... special effects supervisor (as Han's Metz)
David Simmons .... special effects supervisor (as Dave Simmons)
Ray Svedin .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
John Ashby .... stunt player
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt player (as Bruce Barbour)
Alonzo Brown Jr. .... stunt player
Alex Brown .... stunt player
Tony Brubaker .... stunt player
Harold Burns .... stunt player
Hank Calia .... stunt player
Eric Chambers .... stunt player
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunt player
Danny Costa .... stunt player
Scott Dale .... stunt player
Gregg Dandridge .... stunt player (as Greg Dandridge)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunt player
Nick Dimitri .... stunt player
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunt player (as Greg Elam)
Ousaun Elam .... stunt player
George Fisher .... stunt player
Ralph Garrett .... stunt player
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt player
Dale Gibson .... stunt player
Dick Hancock .... stunt player
Clifford Happy .... stunt player
Bill Hart .... stunt player
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunt player (as Orwin Harvey)
Eddie Hice .... stunt player
Johnny Hock .... stunt player (as John Hock Conrad)
Terry Jackson .... stunt player
Terry James .... stunt player
Jeff Jensen .... stunt player
Mike Johnson .... stunt player
Harold Jones .... stunt player
Melvin Jones .... stunt player
Steve Kelso .... stunt player
Wayne King .... stunt player
Paul M. Lane .... stunt player
Lane Leavitt .... stunt player
Al Lee .... stunt player
Irving E. Lewis .... stunt player (as Irving Lewis)
Danny Mabry .... stunt player
Eric Mansker .... stunt player
Anderson Martin .... stunt player
Rusty McClennon .... stunt player
Bufort McClerkins .... stunt player
Dwayne McGee .... stunt player
Bill McIntosh .... stunt player
Jimmy Medearis .... stunt player
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Rita Minor .... stunt player
Bennie Moore .... stunt player
Perry Nichols .... stunt player
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt player (as E. Palmisano)
Manny Perry .... stunt player (as Manuel Perry)
Jeff Ramsey .... stunt player
Mario Roberts .... stunt player
Ben Scott .... stunt player
John-Clay Scott .... stunt player
Mel Scott .... stunt player
John Sherrod .... stunt player
Al Simon .... stunt player
Lincoln Simonds .... stunt player
Jeff Smolek .... stunt player
Neil Summers .... stunt player
R.L. Tolbert .... stunt player
Tierre Turner .... stunt player
William Upton .... stunt player
Rock A. Walker .... stunt player (as Rock Walker)
Marvin Walters .... stunt player
Richard Washington .... stunt player
Brian J. Williams .... stunt player
Gerard G. Williams .... stunt player (as Gerard Williams)
James Winburn .... stunt player (as Jim Winburn)
Gene Witham .... stunt player
Ray Woodfork .... stunt player
Kevin Beard .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Giardina .... stunts (uncredited)
Randy Tharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Brandofino .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Allan Bullard .... grip: second unit (as Alan Bullard)
Keith Bunting .... grip
Andrew Casey .... second assistant camera: second unit
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Marie Cosindas .... special photographer
Stephen Crawford .... best boy electric (as Steve Crawford)
Vito DePalma .... second assistant camera
James P. Dolan .... gaffer: second unit (as J.P. Dolan)
Fred H. Dresch .... electrician (as Fred Dresch)
Bobby Earnhardt .... electrician (as Robert Earnhardt)
Michael Fedack .... dolly grip
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera: second unit
Carl Johnson .... electrician
Stan Keitt .... second assistant camera: second unit
Steven Mann .... first assistant camera (as Steven 'Manny' Mann)
Steve Mathis .... gaffer (as Steven Mathis)
Jeff Moore .... camera operator: "b" camera
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Vinnie Nappo .... best boy electric: second unit (as Vincent Nappo)
Nick Nelson .... electrician
Wade O'Connor .... grip
Briggs Palmer .... first assistant camera: second unit
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant camera: "b" camera (as Doug Pellegrino)
Charles Quinlivan .... best boy grip
C. Alan Rawlins .... grip
Riko Schatke .... grip (as Riko R. Schatke)
George Skelly .... key grip: second unit
C. Ashley Sudge .... grip: second unit (as Ashley Sudge)
David Wagreich .... director of photography: second unit
Joe D'Alessandro .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John R. Kaplan .... grip: Boston unit (uncredited)
David Larue .... grip (uncredited)
Brett Laumann .... electrician (uncredited)
Scott Webb .... electrician (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Billy Dowd .... extras casting coordinator
Shay Griffin .... casting: Atlanta
Avy Kaufman .... casting assistant (as Avy Kausman)
Donna Larson .... casting assistant
Cynthia Stillwell .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Perry Rose .... costume supervisor (as Frank Rose)
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... key costumer: men (as Paul Simmons)
Betty Jean Slater .... key costumer: women
Michael T. Boyd .... costumer (uncredited)
Layne Brightwell .... costumer (uncredited)
L. Robert Stanfield .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Battle Davis .... additional editor (as T. Battle Davis)
Tracey Featherston .... assistant editor
Robert Frazen .... assistant editor
Martha Huntley .... assistant editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Brent White .... assistant editor
Location Management
Sheila Allen .... assistant location manager
John B. Griffin .... location manager
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
The Boys Choir of Harlem .... choir
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Jerry Kadovitz .... assistant music editor
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Walter J. Turnbull .... founder/conductor: The Boys Choir of Harlem (as Dr. Walter J. Turnbull)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe and English horn (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: solo English horn (uncredited)
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Orlebeck .... transportation captain
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator (as Bryce Williams)
Albert B. Cooper IV .... transportation (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... unit driver (uncredited)
L. Robert Stanfield .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
B.H. Barry .... battle consultant
Stan Bielowicz .... first aid
Kathie Broyles .... title designer
Sidney Gecker .... script supervisor: second unit (as Sid Gecker)
Karen Gordon .... production accountant
Peter Grandfield .... production assistant
Patti Hawn .... publicist
Jeannie Jeha .... production coordinator
Patrice A. Kiley .... production secretary: Georgia
Daniel Kuttner .... craft service
Kelly K. Learman .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Maurice Lospinoso .... craft service
Jimmy Medearis .... boss wrangler
Pat Newcomb .... public relations
Doris Newman-Layne .... production coordinator (as Doris Newman Layne)
Jeffrey A. Okun .... title designer (as Jeff Okun)
Connie Papineau .... script supervisor
Pattee Roedig .... assistant production accountant
Paul Rousakis .... production assistant
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Gwen Taylor-Stacy .... assistant production accountant
Paul Warner .... assistant: Mr. Zwick (as Paul W. Warner)
J. Walt Waters .... production assistant
Sheila Cochran .... patron (uncredited)
Lynn K. D'Angona .... production assistant (uncredited)
Louise Del Araujo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... historical consultant (uncredited)
John Guss .... historical technical assistant (uncredited)
John Guss .... stand-in: Cary Elwes (uncredited)
Mary Cay Hollander .... pre-production coordinator (uncredited)
Dane Pizzuti Krogman .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Roger Ragland .... armorer: cannons (uncredited)
Andy Redmond .... historical technical assistant (uncredited)
Rodney Saulsberry .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Leon Watkins .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kevin R. Young .... assistant re-enactor coordinator (uncredited)
Norman Bielowicz .... special thanks: Georgia Film Commission (as Mr. Norman Bielowicz)
Patricia Broderick .... special thanks
Wesley Buford .... special thanks
Mark Edwards .... acknowledgment: 4th U.S. Colored Troops
Dale Fetzer .... acknowledgment: Historical Impressions, Inc.
Shelby Foote .... special thanks
Ray Giron .... acknowledgment: Ft. McIntosh Armory (as Dr. Ray Giron)
William Gwaltney .... acknowledgment: The National Park Service
Ardie Ivy .... special thanks: vice chancellor, UCLA
Tom Kaufman .... special thanks: special assistant to the mayor (as Mr. Tom Kaufman)
J. Leonard Ledbetter .... special thanks: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Steve Lillard .... acknowledgment: The Blue-Grey Army Artillery Battalion
Karl Luthin .... acknowledgment: 7th Illinois Cavalry, Inc. (as Dr. Karl Luthin)
Arthur Mendonza .... special thanks: city manager (as Mr. Arthur Mendonza)
Ron Nichols .... acknowledgment: First Arkansas Regt. of African Descent
Mike Riley .... special thanks: Georgia Film Commission (as Mr. Mike Riley)
John P. Rousakis .... special thanks (as Mayor John P. Rousakis)
Scott Smith .... acknowledgment: Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, GA.
Richard F. Snow .... special thanks: American Heritage
Crew verified as complete

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122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

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While this is the first major motion picture to acknowledge that African-Americans had their own unit in the American Civil War, the subject has been referred to other films. Andrew V. McLaglen's Shenandoah (1965) is one such example.See more »
Factual errors: In the second assault on fort Wagner the movie shows Shaw getting shot three times in the midsection on the wall.When in real life he had made up to the top of the wall, where he was shot once through the heart dying instantly, and fell out side of the wall According to the color Sgt of the 54th Mass.See more »
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Title Card:Robert Gould Shaw, the son of wealthy Boston abolitionists, was 23 years old when he enlisted to fight in the War Between the States. He wrote home regularly, telling his parents of life in the gathering Army of the Potomac. / These letters are collected in the Houghton Library of Harvard University.
Colonel Robert G. Shaw:Dear Mother, I hope you are keeping well and not worrying much about me. You mustn't think that any of us are going to be killed. They are collecting such a force here, that an attack would be insane. The Massachusetts men passed though here this morning; how grand it is to meet the men from all the States, east and west, ready to fight for their country, as the old fellows did in the Revolution. But this time we must make it a whole country for all who live here, so that all can speak.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
More Than My Words Could Praise, The History Glorifies Itself, 28 January 2006
Author: sm from usa

I find this one of my most difficult reviews to write. Even as I sit here for what must be the 206th viewing, I marvel, as acutely as I did in the very first viewing, that this tale has the compelling and overwhelming power to touch aesthetically, viscerally, profoundly and emotionally my sense of pride,injustice, soul. Even if this were not a true story, I would still recommend this movie to everyone with awe and reverence. And even as I watch, there is goose-flesh and damp eyes. As there always is...

Based on the letters compiled and only two reference books (including "One Gallant Rush" by Peter Burchard, which I proudly own), this tells the tale of the heretofore largely unknown 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the first Afro-American regimen in American history during the Civil War. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw was a 26-year old bright eyed Bostonian who was chosen by favor to lead the "first colored regimen" at the apex of the Civil War. Matthew Broderick portrays Col. Shaw as accurately as possible, bringing the youth and zeal of the real Shaw to grand light. He was truly overwhelmed by the thought of leading the troops, but idealistic and optimistic enough to give it everything he had and to make his family and title proud. Broderick never loses sight of the simple fact that Shaw was humble and grateful for every advancement he was given. Although in reality the 54th was compiled of mostly free black men from upper New England, Denzel Washington is cast as the runaway slave Trip who brings his grudges and injustices to the troop. He portrays a slave who is on a personal mission to hurt those who have hurt him (if you know about the history of slavery, one can hardly blame him), but in the process hurts himself all the more until by rote he learns to channel his hate into determination, and by his actions is humiliated and beaten down to the point that he can only rise up like a griffin and prove that he is as much a soldier as the rest of them. The 'whipping scene' in which you see him go through that exact process, every emotion known to a man culminating in a quiver of the cheek, a single tear escaping, and eyes that shred, plea, hate, mourn, haunt. That Denzel could convey that with a role that could have easily been a stereotype deserves more praise that I can type. Morgan Freeman is a man of quiet yet profound dignity that carries him in every role he plays, and this time as Rawlins is no exception. He is a victim of prejudice, but still carries his own as a man. He is there for his men as a leader even before being officially decorated, but he is not above reaching out to Shaw to help his men simply because Shaw is yet another white authority--he helps the cause, no matter the colors. And that cause is so much more than the War, which I will explain further below...

The score by the wunderkind James Horner is Majesty in every literary definition of the word. I know that if I'm ever stressed and need a release, all I have to do is pop in a CD of this score, listen for only a few minutes, and I will be sobbing. In my humble opinion he has yet to top himself with his work in this picture. From the subtle ache of a single horn to the swelling of the Harlem Boys' Choir and their keening voices that beg us to remember forever.

I won't break down the actors, directing or anything individually any more than I have because that's not the intention of this film. It's not a star vehicle, but rather hundreds of people coming together to tell a story they believe in. And as such, deserve to be praised as a whole, which only proves how well they've done their work. But some scenes cannot escape the psyche...The morning after they've been read a proclamation stating that they will be put to death, black and white, if caught bearing Union arms, and there they stand as a unit for roll call, not one man deserting, at attention for duty, prouder and taller than ever...The aforementioned Corporal Punishment scene (which, by the way, was the same punishment white officers would suffer if they deserted as well)...The charge on Fort Wagner--Shaw finally returning to the seashore he so loved all his life for what he knows in his heart is the last time, feeling home again and yet feeling already a walking spectre--Rawlins with a divine inner pride in his eyes marching toward the fort as Thomas looks to the others and Trip with no longer the mad lashing-out force to kill but the aggravated determination to win--the company as a whole marching into Fate with a gallant unified step...

The true meaning of "hero" is in the heart of a man who faces even death if it will prove himself a man, not only to others but to himself. This lies true for every person in that brave pioneering regimen, black and white. They didn't just die for their country or their rights, but for their own personal honors and faiths as human beings who are deserved of dignity. The likes of which this country will never see again, but must not fall into obscurity. At the heart, and in my heart, this is not a story of men, but what it means to be a man. And the sacrifice it sometimes takes to become one and prove yourself one.

We as a Nation, as Earth, should thank the 54th for that beautiful lesson. This pristine film will guarantee it so.

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