Glory

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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 (Matthew Broderick) 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 (Cary Elwes) to help him train men like former gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and fugitive slave Trip (Denzel Washington). 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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Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Pvt. Trip

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Col. Robert Gould Shaw

John Finn

John Finn

Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy

Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Quartermaster

Bob Gunton

Bob Gunton

Gen. Charles Garrison Harker

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