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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

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Edward Zwick

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Kevin Jarre (screenplay), Lincoln Kirstein (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington ... Pvt. Trip
Cary Elwes ... Maj. Cabot Forbes
Morgan Freeman ... Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Jihmi Kennedy 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
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Storyline

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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Their innocence. Their heritage. Their lives. Nothing would be spared in the fight for their freedom.


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiempos de gloria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,661, 17 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,830,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Jarre was inspired to write the screenplay when he encountered a monument to Robert Gould Shaw on Boston Common. The memorial is shown in the closing credits. See more »

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In their first battle the 54th are faced with a Confederate Cavalry charge which is easily repulsed. In general, the Cavalry troops in the American Civil War on both sides did not attack deployed infantry head-on as depicted unless the attack was made in response to a surprise encounter, or an attack made of sheer desperation in order to escape an enemy encirclement. Regardless, In the vast majority of such attacks, whether executed from a accidental encounter or not, the result was almost always followed by heavy cavalry casualties. 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 ...
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The Best Civil War Movie I've Ever Seen
1 February 2005 | by FrankBooth_DeLargeSee all my reviews

If you think about it, most war movies are about WWII and there aren't as many movies about the Civil War. I haven't seen Gettysburg, but I did see Gods and Generals, and believe me that wasn't all that great. The best Civil War movie I've ever seen is Glory. The movie has an excellent cast which includes Mathew Broderick(only three years after he was in Ferris Buellers Day Off), Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman.

I first saw this in my eight grade history class when we were learning about the Civil War. This movie has a great score and it really captures the feel of the Civil War through its battle scenes. For those of you who only watch war movies to see people getting their heads blown off, this is the wrong movie for you. This movie focuses on the characters and what they're going through. Despite having a long running time, the result of this movie is an entertaining and well made war movie.

You should only buy this movie if you really like it, because it gets a little bit slow the second time you see it. Either way, I'd say you should watch this movie to see what quality war films are all about.


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