Taglines: Their innocence. Their heritage. Their lives. Nothing would be spared in the fight for their freedom.
Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.
Glory is a 1989 American war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on the personal letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the book One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard (reissued in 1990 after the movie), and Lay This Laurel (1973), Lincoln Kirstein’s compilation of photos of the monument to the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on Boston Common.
The film is about one of the first military units of the Union Army during the American Civil War to be made up entirely of African-American men (except for its officers), as told from the point of view of Colonel Shaw, its white commanding officer. The regiment is especially known for its 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. 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.
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, JD Cullum, Alan North, Bob Gunton, Christian Baskous
Screenplay by: Kevin Jarre
Production Design by: Norman Garwood
Cinematography by: Freddie Francis
Film Editing by: Steven Rosenblum
Costume Design by: Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
Set Decoration by: Garrett Lewis
Art Direction by: Keith Pain, Dan Webster
Music by: James Horner
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: February 16, 1990