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Glory (1989)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Col. Robert Gould Shaw
... Pvt. Trip
... Maj. Cabot Forbes
... Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Jihmi Kennedy ... Pvt. Jupiter Sharts
... Cpl. Thomas Searles
... Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy
... Capt. Charles Fessenden Morse (as Donovan Leitch)
... Henry Sturgis Russell (as John David Cullum)
... Gov. John Albion Andrew
... Gen. Charles Garrison Harker
... Col. James M. Montgomery (as Cliff DeYoung)
... Edward L. Pierce
... Mute Drummer Boy
... Gen. George Crockett Strong
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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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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tiempos de gloria  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,661, 17 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,830,000
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Very early in the movie, there is a scene of Union soldiers playing baseball. While there remains considerable dispute about exactly when, where and how the sport was invented, there is no question that the Civil War itself had a significant role in the rapid growth of the sport, as it became a popular pastime for soldiers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, who spread it around the country. In fact, Union General Abner Doubleday once was credited with inventing baseball, but that theory has long since been discredited. See more »

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The length of Forbes' facial hair when General Strong is giving his speech and then later the next day during the battle. 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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A terribly underrated film which deserved better
9 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

With one of the best ensemble casts of all time, this ranks as one of the best war films of all time. With a collection of great black actors like no other, everything seemed to work well in this film, from the cinematography to the acting. Edward Zwick created a masterpiece, which, in any other year, would have swept most of the major awards. Sadly, this did not even make the AFI Top 100 so inferior movies could squeeze in. In my opinion, the likes of Born on the Fourth of July and Driving Miss Daisy were vastly inferior to this film during the 1990 Academy Awards. I mean, how the heck were films like Dead Poets Society and My Left Foot nominated for best picture when this one wasn't? (sure they were good films, but c'mon)

Matthew Broderick completely surprised me with his performance, as well as Cary Elwes. And one cannot forget the likes of Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman giving great performances as soldiers weary of being the Union's lackeys. While the historical accuracy may not be perfect, as least this was a tribute to those who helped emancipate the slaves during the Civil War.


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