Distribution

Glory

Dir: Edward Zwick

USA

1989

122 mins

15

Part of: Black Star
Cast:

Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes

Glory is the story of the fate of one of the first army units to be made up of black soldiers during their fight for freedom and dignity in the American Civil War.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is tasked with recruiting men to the regiment, starting with gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman) and slave escapee Silas Trip (Denzel Washington).

What follows is a stirring depiction of the struggles of the Civil War told through the eyes of the black recruits, from the harsh conditions within the unit to the racist threats of the Confederacy. Despite facing one of the most brutal onslaughts against the Confederates in Charlestown, they proved that black soldiers deserved to stand against their white counterparts.

The recruitment of black soldiers they inspired in all likelihood turned the tide of the war. A rare period film that does justice to black lives and their part in history, this moving and inspirational film will raise debate and make you rethink history.

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