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Movie Review for Glory


An 80s movie about war, determination, and a fight for freedom. Glory is a true story about civil war and of African American soldiers in the battle.

Glory DVD


Robert Shaw (played by Matthew Broderick) volunteered to be in charge of an all Black team of soldiers in Massachusetts in the film Glory. Shaw deals with racism toward his soldiers and also tries to overcome the obstacles and attitudes of some of his men.

In Glory, the team of soldiers at the 54th Infantry over which Shaw is responsible is comprised of runaway slaves that he turns into war fighting machines. Denzel Washington as Pvt. Trip and Morgan Freeman as Sgt. Major John Rawlins both give stellar performances.


Col. Robert Gould Shaw - Matthew Broderick
Pvt. Trip - Denzel Washington
Maj. Cabot Forbes - Cary Elwes
Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins - Morgan Freeman
Pvt. Jupiter Sharts - Jihmi Kennedy
Cpl. Thomas Searles - Andre Braugher
Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy - John Finn
Capt. Charles Fessenden Morse - Donovan Leitch
Henry Sturgis Russell - JD Cullum
Gov. John Albion Andrew - Alan North
Gen. Harker - Bob Gunton
Col. James M. Montgomery - Cliff De Young
Edward L. Pierce - Christian Baskous
Mute drummer boy - RonReaco Lee
Gen. George Crockett Strong - Jay O. Sanders


Robert Shaw’s real mother, Jane Alexander, made a cameo in the film Glory.

Robert Shaw was the only character that was based on an actual person in the movie Glory. All the other key characters were fictitious and were not in the 54 Infantry.

Academy Awards:

Denzel Washington won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Trip in Glory.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Glory was released to theatres on 12/14/1989 by Sony, and grossed $26,593,580 at the box office in the US.

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