Glory

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Bolstered by exceptional cinematography, powerful storytelling, and an Oscar-winning performance by Denzel Washington, Glory remains one of the finest Civil War movies ever made.

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Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.

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Matthew Broderick
Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Morgan Freeman
Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Cary Elwes
Maj. Cabot Forbes
Jihmi Kennedy
Pvt. Jupiter Sharts
Andre Braugher
Cpl. Thomas Searles
John Finn
Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy
Alan North
Gov. John Albion Andrew
Bob Gunton
Gen. Harker
Cliff DeYoung
Col. James M. Montgomery
James Horner
Original Music
Fred Francis
Cinematographer
Steven Rosenblum
Film Editor
Norman Garwood
Production Design
Dan Webster
Art Direction
Skip Cosper
First Assistant Director
Kevin Jarre
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Critic Reviews for Glory

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  • Jun 18, 2014
    I will have to praise this American war drama directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. It had everything you need for a good movie! Stunning cinematography , inspirational screenplay written by Kevin Jarre, based on the personal letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, outstanding acting with powerful characters, dramatic music... like following instructions of "How to make a good movie" manual. Wasn't perfect, but, it is one of the better war movies I've seen in my lifetime! The story is about the first formal unit of the US Army during the American Civil War to be made up entirely of African-American men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Shaw, its white commanding officer. They were the first unit of what became known as the United States Colored Troops and known for their heroic actions at Fort Wagner. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won three, including Denzel Washington for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Private Trip. Amazing! It won many other awards, including from the British Academy, the Golden Globe Awards, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Political Film Society, the NAACP, among others. It is sad that this movie made only $26,828,365... still, it was considered a moderate financial success, taking into account its $18 million budget. A wonderful story of black soldiers which did not have commercially convenient white hero... it was a tale of the 54th Regiment, not Colonel Shaw, but at the same time the two were inseparable.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2013
    A powerful and inspirational Civil War epic, Glory is a brilliantly crafted film from director Edward Zwick. The story follows the formation of the first all-black volunteer Union Army regiment of the Civil War, and their exploits at the Battle of Fort Wagner. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Cary Elwes, the performances are all especially good; particularly Washington, who gives a career performance. And, the writing does an excellent job at developing the characters. Additionally, the sets and costumes are all exceptionally well-done, giving an authentic feel to the film. The battle sequences are also extraordinary, portraying a gritty and realistic picture of warfare. And enough cannot be said about James Horner's magnificent score, which is incredibly passionate and spiritual. Based on a remarkable true story, Glory is a compelling film about courage and bravery.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2013
    Edward Zwick's Glory is a stunning, well acted war drama about the first all black regiment that fought in the civil war. Matthew Broderick heads a great cast of talented actors who all deliver some terrific performances. This is a well paced movie that tells a thrilling story that is a must see for cinema buffs everywhere. Now, I've never really been a fan of Broderick's work, but in Glory he really gives a stunning, immaculate performance that you simply can't ignore. Glory is a powerful picture that succeeds at telling a great story due to the fact that Edward Zwick is a great director, and all his films are wonderful, but Glory is by far one of his finest. War film fans will surely enjoy this different genre film, and it is a film that not only acts as a war picture, but one that holds a powerful message. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that it is a stunning piece of cinema that is worth checking out if you love war films. Broderick shines here, and he has come a long way since playing in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. You can clearly see him maturing as an actor and it is a stunning performance that will erase doubt in what he can accomplish as an actor. Broderick is great here, but other performances that stand out are that of Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington. All three actors make the film that much more entertaining and with a well written script by screenwriter Kevin Jarre, this is an accomplished picture that also acts as an important history lesson. Edward Zwick is an underrated director, and he deserves more praise in terms of filmmaking as he truly has an eye for making entertaining and memorable films that stand out among others. Glory is a great film that is elevated with a powerful script, flawless acting and directing. If you love war films, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2012
    This sweeping epic is the movie that solidified Denzel Washington as an academy award winner and a bankable leading man. Glory is the Civil War story of the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Matthew Broderick's Col. Robert Gould Shaw. This is a powerful movie of courage and heroism with an academy award winning performance from a Denzel Washington. Beautifully filmed and directed by Ed Zwick. A must see.
    Jasen L Super Reviewer

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