- 2 hr 2 min
Glory is a historical war drama film released in 1989, directed by Edward Zwick and produced by Freddie Fields. The movie stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman in prominent roles. Glory is based on the true story of the first all-African-American regiment to fight for the Union Army during the American Civil War.
The story follows Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), a young, inexperienced Union Army officer who is tasked with leading the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which is made up entirely of African-American soldiers. Shaw's mission is to train the regiment and lead them into battle against Confederate forces.
One of Shaw's soldiers, Trip (Denzel Washington), is a runaway slave with a strong hatred for white people, fueled by the bitter experiences of his past. Through his interactions with Shaw and fellow soldier John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman), Trip transforms from a rebellious, distrustful soldier to a loyal and committed member of the regiment.
Cary Elwes also stars as Maj. Cabot Forbes, a friend of Shaw's who serves as his second-in-command during the regiment's training and deployment.
The film captures the numerous challenges that the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment faced as they prepared for war. The historically accurate portrayal of the racism and prejudice they experienced both from within and outside their own ranks helps to illustrate the significant struggles that these soldiers faced.
Upon the regiment's arrival in South Carolina, Shaw and his men are assigned to the Army of the Potomac and take part in the Siege of Charleston. The tense and emotional scene in which the soldiers are given their weapons and uniforms, signifying that they have become official United States soldiers, is a standout moment in the film.
Through realistic depictions of combat, Glory shows the horror and brutality of war. The climactic Battle of Fort Wagner is a primary example of this. During this battle, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment was ordered to lead the assault on the heavily fortified Confederate stronghold. The fighting is brutal and intense, and the film effectively captures the chaos and confusion of the attack.
Glory is a powerful and moving film that explores themes of bravery, sacrifice, and racial prejudice. The performances from the cast, especially Denzel Washington, were widely praised and have become iconic in cinematic history.
The film won multiple awards, including three Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Washington, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound. The film's score, composed by James Horner, was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Glory continues to be a highly regarded film, both for its historical accuracy and its timeless themes. It serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by African-American soldiers during the Civil War and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in the United States.
Glory is a 1989 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 2 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 78.