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Published on January 28th, 2007 | by Chris

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Glory (1989)

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Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman, its the story of one of the few all-black Union companies formed during the war, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Glory (1989) - Civil War MoviesThe US Civil War is a period that hasn't received as much attention as World War II, or Vietnam, but the few films or miniseries that have come out about it have been nothing short of great.

1989's Glory continues that legacy. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman, its the story of one of the few all-black Union companies formed during the war, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

In itself, Glory is a fine picture. The performances by the above four are nothing short of spectacular. The battle scenes depict just what a terrific nightmare and waste of life warfare in the period was. And it portrays the conflict of the North vs. the "property owner" mentality of the seceding South brilliantly.

And of course you have typical "military" moments such as supply issues, conflict within the ranks, etc. etc. etc.

For all its greatness, though, one thing bothers me about Glory. At times it comes across as purposefully, over-the-top, politically correct. There are numerous scenes which, of course, looked at today you can't help but read into them what the director and writers put into them. I (much as I hate to say it) think though that such moments in reality wouldn't have given the actual participants much, if any pause at all. Times being what they were and all. Context being everything you know.

Some of the violence is a bit on the light side, some of it not. But if you can allow the PC-ness of parts to slide, then Glory is one you can't miss. You might be able to catch this on HDNet Movies again in the near future (as I was able to.)

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One of the very best films about the Civil War, this instant classic from 1989 is also one of the few films to depict the participation of African American soldiers in Civil War combat. Based in part on the books Lay This Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard, the film also draws from the letters of Robert Gould Shaw (played by Matthew Broderick), the 25-year-old son of Boston abolitionists who volunteered to command the all-black 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: Sony
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Denzel Washington
  • Cary Elwes
  • Morgan Freeman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll see you in the fort, Thomas", September 10, 2015
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A. R. Corman (Beltsville, MD) - See all my reviews
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This was, and still is, one of my favorite all-time Civil War movies. It's one of the few that I've kept upgrading over the years, from when it first came out on VHS to the first time on DVD to getting it now in Blu Ray. I didn't know as much about Col. Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts back then as I do now, but after all these years, it's still a good movie to watch and enjoy, in spite of its many historical inaccuracies. I love it for the story and action sequences, and the picture and sound quality in Blu Ray just makes it all the better. Sure, it has its share of inaccuracies, but what Civil War period movie doesn't? If you're buying this to learn about the history of the 54th Mass. infantry, I'd say it's a good place to start but keep in mind you won't get the accurate history of the regiment. For that I'd highly recommend the books Lay This Laurel, Blue Eyed Child of Fortune, and A Brave Black Regiment--the official history of the 54th. If you're looking for a good,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most wonderful movie that moves along with the daily lives of ..., December 4, 2015
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A most wonderful movie that moves along with the daily lives of the first black volunteers and their officers who fought in the Civil War. This also covers some of the prejudices they suffered with both those whose side they were fighting with and also their enemies. The subject matter is so relevant.

At the beginning I was a bit annoyed with Matthew Broderick's doe eyed responses as Col. Robert Shaw, upon whose letters that were sent to his mother are what this movie is based on. By the end of the movie, I was definitely hooked with those doe eyes.

I can never say enough about how much I always enjoy Morgan Freeman along with Denzel Washington's acting and, in this movie, the soldiers they portray.

The battle scenes throw you into the madness as your neighbors and comrades perish, but you are still alive and breathing to fight the next battle with them.

Next to Saving Private Ryan, this is a must watch movie for those history buffs that... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!, July 16, 2015
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A great movie, shows a part of American history that still surprises me just how primitive we really are. A bunch of I am originally from Tennessee so I used to hear all that "heritage not hate" BS from confederate flag loving rednecks. Several southern states wanted to own slaves so bad that they rose up and committed the ultimate act of treason. If you still believe the Civil War was not all about slavery go read all the southern states official letter of concession to the United States, it says it in there in plain English and SHOULD explain what the war was all about to anybody who still tries to deny it. The Civil War became the war with the most American casualties at an estimated 620,000 lives. I wonder what people would think about a group of people who did this today? Just a thought, because store JUST started taking the confederate flag (which, by the way was not even the one flown in the civil war) off the shelves now in 2015. This movie is supposedly based on a... Read more
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Summary: Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman, its the story of one of the few all-black Union companies formed during the war, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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  1. As is usually the case for a Memorial Day Weekend, several cable/satellite networks will be chock full of classic war movies this coming weekend. Namely Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, and AMC. I’m sure there are many more but these are “The B

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