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Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman View All


Edward Zwick (Director), Kevin Jarre (Screenplay) View All

Release: Dec. 15th, 1989
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
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The line between a film being progressive and being patronising is a blurry one, especially when one takes into consideration how the film has to give us a white protagonist in the form of a colonel (Matthew Broderick) who takes charge of the regiment, though this is arguably justified by the film being based on the real-life colonel's letters.
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A powerful anti-war film which also pays great honor to ALL the men who served, died and suffered during the American Civil War, Glory focuses on the African-American experience as seen through the eyes of a somewhat naive young white officer (Matthew Broderick), from a rich family, who agrees to lead the all-black, all-volunteer regiment which actually includes one of his best and smartest friends (Andre Braugher).
At first I thought the character of Colonel Shaw was a coward because he layed down in the first battle scene, and then was found by Morgan Freeman's character, and then we see him at a dinner party and his confidence level seems very shaky, as if he just accidentally dropped acid and is having a bad trip.
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