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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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1.85 : 1
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The scenes for the party were filmed in the Savannah home of Jim Williams, the man whose history was the basis for the book and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). See more »

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When Shaw finally loses patience with the Quartermaster, he marches in and demands 600 pairs of shoes and 1200 pairs of socks. After the initial interchange, Matthew Broderick (Shaw) says "Do you really think you can keep (pause) 700 Union soldiers..." Patently Matthew had forgotten just how many pairs he needed and the slight pause indicates he had momentarily forgotten his lines. 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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Memorable and moving - truly glorious
22 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Easily the best Civil War movie ever produced, and among the front rank of all war movies. Filled with memorable and moving scenes - the look of sheer defiance on Trip's (Denzel Washington) face as his already scarred back is whipped, the men of the 54th telling their stories around the campfire on the eve of battle, Shaw (Matthew Broderick) turning loose his horse on the beach before Ft. Wagner. History is brought to life more vividly in this film than in any big-budget all-star cast epic I can recall. Most often , those films only succeed in collapsing under their own weight and leaving audiences more turned off about history. Glory brings the issues of the time - slavery, freedom and sacrifice - down to human scale. We can understand why the men of the 54th were willing to take up arms, and how tragic it was that they had to sacrifice their lives in order to be considered men.


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