Glory is a 1989 American historical war drama film directed by Edward Zwick about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the Union Army's earliest African-American regiments 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.


After being wounded at Antietam, Captain Robert Gould Shaw is sent home to Boston on medical leave. His well-connected father obtains for him a promotion to colonel of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the first all-black regiments in the Union Army. Shaw appoints his friend and fellow soldier Cabot Forbes as his second-in-command. Their first volunteer is Thomas Searles, a bookish, free African-American who works as the Shaw family's secretary. Other recruits include John Rawlins, Jupiter Sharts, Silas Trip, and a mute teenage drummer boy whom Rawlins refers to as "Honey".


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    award Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Sound 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 historical
    keywords 54th massachusetts infantry regiment a major campaign abraham lincoln antietam awol battle of antietam better life black and white black men black soldier boston brigadier general bury captain capture charles garrison harker charles harker charleston harbor colonel color sergeants colour sergeant confederacy confederate flag confederate states of america congress desert emancipation proclamation execute federal government flog fort wagner general george strong george crockett strong help james montgomery kill medical leave morning after morris island mute muteness nothing obey an unlawful order one take profiteer quartermaster robert gould shaw second battle of fort wagner sergeant major stabbed in the back suffer summarily executed superior orders train u.s. government union army union soldier united states congress united states department of defense war department win 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 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
    producer Freddie Fields
    productionCompany Freddie Fields Productions
    publisher Tri-Star Pictures
    theme race and ethnicity war