Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsZwick, Edward
Running Time122 minutes
Date Released12/1989
DistributorTriStar Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish

Glory stands as an important cinematic contribution to the history of the American Civil War by telling the story of the all-black 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Although told from the perspective of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, a white son of a prominent Boston abolitionist, the film portrays how a group of freed blacks and runaway slaves struggled for dignity, respect, and honor. It captures the racism of white Union soldiers, including Shaw, and of the Union and Union Army more generally as the all-black regiment fights for equal pay and against ideas that they are too unfit and undisciplined to fight. Their first battle in Charleston, South Carolina in July 1863 led to untold slaughter, but their heroic performance convinced the Union Army to expand its recrutiment effort among blacks, freed and enslaved.


Matthew Broderick

Denzel Washington

Morgan Freeman

Cary Elwes

Andre Braugher


Produced by Freddie Fields

Directed by Edward Zwick

Screenplay by  Kevin Jarre

Cinematography by Freddie Francis

Edited by Steven Rosenblum

Music by James Horner



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