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Glory is a 1989 American war drama film directed by Edward Zwick about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the Union Army's first African-American regiment in the American Civil War. It stars Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's commanding officer, and Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman as fictional members of the 54th. The screenplay by Kevin Jarre was based on the books Lay This Laurel (1973) by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush (1965) by Peter Burchard, and the personal letters of Shaw. The film depicts the soldiers of the 54th from the formation of their regiment to their heroic actions at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863.

Plot

During the American Civil War, Captain Robert Shaw, injured at Antietam, is sent home to Boston on medical leave. Shaw accepts a promotion to colonel commanding the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the first all-black regiments in the Union Army. He asks his friend Cabot Forbes to serve as his second in command, with the rank of major. Their first volunteer is another friend, Thomas Searles, a bookish, free African-American. Other recruits include John Rawlins, Jupiter Sharts, Silas Trip, and a mute teenage drummer boy.

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    award Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Georgia Maryland Massachusetts South Carolina
    director Edward Zwick
    editor Steven Rosenblum
    events 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry African Americans American Civil War comradeship racism recognition slavery in the United States
    genre action drama
    keywords 54th massachusetts infantry regiment a major campaign abraham lincoln antietam awol battle of antietam better life black and white black men black soldier brigadier general bury captain charles garrison harker charles harker charleston harbor civil war colonel color sergeants colour sergeant confederacy confederate flag confederate states of america emancipation proclamation execute federal government fort wagner help injured james montgomery kill medical leave morning after morris island mute muteness obey an unlawful order quartermaster robert gould shaw robert shaw second battle of fort wagner sergeant major suffer summarily executed superior orders their way train u.s. government union army union soldier wound
    musicBy James Horner
    nomination Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
    producer Freddie Fields
    productionCompany Freddie Fields Productions
    publisher TriStar Pictures
    theme race and ethnicity war