Glory

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Freddie Fields Production Released 1989

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Director:
Edward Zwick
Released:
1989
Rating:
R

Glory is a 1989 Civil War drama that won Denzel Washington his first Academy Award for his performance as a former slave who joins the Union army. During the early years of the Civil War, Black Americans who volunteered only worked to support the Union troops engaged in combat. But as the war dragged on, the Union Army needed soldiers and they offer Col. Robert Gould Shaw the commission to lead the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts. As the son of an abolitionist, Col. Shaw believes fervently in the cause, and convinces his childhood friend Maj. Cabot Forbes to help him train men like former gravedigger John Rawlins and fugitive slave Trip. Col. Shaw witnesses the Union Army depriving his unit of basic amenities like decent shoes and gear and finds he must battle with his superiors as often as with the enemy South. At the Battle for Battery Wagner, a fortress, the regiment will prove its mettle or die trying.

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Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Quartermaster

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Pvt. Trip

Cliff DeYoung

Cliff DeYoung

Col. James M. Montgomery

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Col. Robert Gould Shaw

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African-American Drama, Epics, Military & War, Historical