Glory

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
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Film Cast:

  • 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
  • Gen. Charles Garrison Harker: Bob Gunton
  • Col. James M. Montgomery: Cliff DeYoung
  • Edward L. Pierce: Christian Baskous
  • Mute Drummer Boy: RonReaco Lee
  • Gen. George Crockett Strong: Jay O. Sanders
  • Gov. John Albion Andrew: Alan North
  • Quartermaster: Richard Riehle
  • Francis George Shaw: Peter Michael Goetz
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Mark Margolis
  • Sarah Blake Sturgis Shaw: Jane Alexander
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Paul Desmond
  • Union Cavalryman: Rodger Williamson
  • Soldier: Michael Wayne Thomas
  • Frederick Douglass: Raymond St. Jacques
  • Soldier: Ted Rupel
  • Cavalry Officer: Roger Ragland
  • Confederate / Union Soldier: Alejandro de Quesada
  • Confederate Soldier: Shane Pinson
  • Union Officer: Larry Peterson
  • …: Bill Nunn
  • Captain: Matthew Murdzak
  • Union / Confederate Soldier: Barry J. Miller
  • Union Soldier: William Mathis
  • Union Officer: Rick Leisenring
  • Union Soldier: Jay Lance
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Kevin Jarre
  • Confederate Soldier: Kevin R. Hershberger
  • Ellen Shaw: Rachel Lea Grundfast
  • Union Cavalry: Gary O. Crane
  • Home dweller: Sheila Cochran
  • Confederate Officer: Bill Chemerka
  • Charlotte Forten: Carla Brothers
  • Darian Farmer: Frank Blair
  • Re-Enactor Core Group and Company A: Joseph Alex
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Richard Wright
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Michael Fowler
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Tom Barrington
  • 10th Connecticut Soldier: Peter Grandfield
  • 54th Soldier: Mark A. Jones
  • Black Woman: Saundra Dunson-Franks
  • White Woman: Joan Riordan
  • Contraband Soldier: Bob Minor
  • Dr. Charles G. Thorpe: Raymond Godshall Jr.
  • Dr. William B. Rogers: Marc Gowan
  • Minister: Dan Biggers
  • Short Contraband: Keith Noble
  • Tall Contraband: Afemo Omilami
  • Paymaster: Randell Haynes
  • Bigoted Soldier: Mark A. Levy
  • Hospital Steward: Ethan Phillips
  • Young Soldier: Benji Wilhoite
  • Surgeon: Pete Munro
  • ‘A’ Company Soldier: Abdul Salaam El Razzac
  • ‘A’ Company Soldier: Michael Guess
  • ‘A’ Company Officer: Daniel H. Jenkins

Film Crew:

  • Production Design: Norman Garwood
  • Unit Production Manager: Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Original Music Composer: James Horner
  • Editor: Steven Rosenblum
  • Director of Photography: Freddie Francis
  • Screenplay: Kevin Jarre
  • Supervising Art Director: Keith Pain
  • Director: Edward Zwick
  • Set Decoration: Garrett Lewis
  • Art Direction: Dan Webster
  • Sound Designer: Lon Bender
  • Visual Effects: Bill Taylor
  • Casting: Mary Colquhoun
  • Producer: Freddie Fields
  • Assistant Art Director: Andrew Precht
  • Foley: Alicia Stevenson
  • Costume Design: Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Phil Cory
  • Visual Effects: Syd Dutton
  • Makeup Artist: Francisco X. Pérez
  • Stunt Coordinator: Bob Minor
  • Second Assistant Director: Robert Rothbard
  • Property Master: Guy Barnes
  • Still Photographer: Merrick Morton
  • Gaffer: Steve Mathis
  • Costume Supervisor: Frank Perry Rose
  • Foley: Dan O’Connell
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Gregg Rudloff
  • Makeup Department Head: Carl Fullerton
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Donald O. Mitchell
  • Music Editor: Jim Henrikson
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Elliot Tyson
  • Transportation Coordinator: Bryce Guy Williams
  • Construction Coordinator: Marvin Salsberg
  • ADR Supervisor: Joseph A. Mayer
  • Hairstylist: Elle Elliott
  • Camera Operator: Jeff Moore
  • ADR Editor: Devon Heffley Curry
  • Publicist: Patti Hawn
  • Hairstylist: Linda Peterson
  • Makeup Artist: Vera Yurtchuk
  • Foley: Laurel Doran
  • Second Unit Director of Photography: David Wagreich
  • Script Supervisor: Connie Papineau
  • Public Relations: Pat Newcomb
  • Second Assistant Director: Douglas Dean III
  • First Assistant Director: Skip Cosper

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: And there wouldn’t be nothing but rebs dyin if they’d let the fifty-fourth in it.

    Based around the actual letters sent by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw to his parents, this Civil War picture tells the story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first black regiment to fight under the American flag. Led by their white leader (Shaw), they must overcome bigotry, in fighting and the war itself, and this just to feel like men of honour.

    The most striking thing about Glory is that it is never over sentimental. With the subject to hand it would have been easy for the makers to over egg the pudding and rely solely on a racialist stance purely for impact. What we do get is actually a candidate for one of the most politically correct war films to have ever been made. It’s harsh and at times heart tugging, that in fact is certainly true, but the narrative never veers from the core essence of men wanting to be just that – men!

    Director Edward Zwick has many critics in the industry, but here his attention to detail should be roundly applauded. He perfectly captures the period whilst molding a tightly plotted piece of work. Zwick also needs a pat on the back for hiring cinematographer Freddie Francis (Academy Award Winner), who weaves his magic to bring the brutality of the surroundings vividly to life. While James Horner provides a wonderful swirling emotive score (fans of his work on Braveheart should definitely check out this earlier composition). Though the film is essentially a multi ensemble piece, there are tremendous performances from the principal actors. Matthew Broderick (Shaw), Denzel Washington (Academy Award Winner Best Supporting Actor) (Trip), Morgan Freeman (John Rawlins) and Andre Braugher (Searles).

    We follow this regiment from their initial formation, here they are ill equipped and never taken seriously, it appears that this group of men are not even worthy of being canon fodder. But through sheer determination – and led by the empathetically driven Shaw, the 54th Regiment prove themselves to be a worthy fighting force. This ultimately leads to their place in American history with the culmination of events at South Carolina’s Fort Wagner (a stunning emotive finale that booms out of the screen).

    Heroic and tragic is the tale of Glory, but the chief point of enlightenment through historical facts, and the message of heroics having no colour, makes Glory a truly inspiring movie that demands to be seen and totally respected. 10/10

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