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Glory is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved have been ignored by history due to racism. Those heroes were the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the son of an influential abolitionist (played by an uncredited Jane Alexander). Despite the fact that the Civil War is ostensibly being fought on their behalf, the black soldiers are denied virtually every privilege and amenity that is matter of course for their white counterparts;… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is the movie's often awesome imagery and a bravely soaring choral score by James Horner that transfigure the reality, granting it the status of necessary myth."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The stark clarity of Freddie Francis' cinematography combined with Zwick's intimate style evokes immediacy and fear."
‑ , Time Out
"Excellent Civil War movie for mature teens."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"one of the great war films and perhaps the greatest film ever made about the American Civil War"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"One of the best films ever made"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"A stirring and long overdue tribute to the black soldiers who fought for the Union cause in the Civil War."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is a good, moving, complicated film."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Exceptionally well-rendered and emotive war drama."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"In its broad strokes, Glory gets at the spirit of a group of previously unsung black heroes, and the filmmaking is of a high caliber. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The lasting power of the [film]... rests in the emotional connection to the characters ."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A pretty watchable and always interesting period film, well photographed by English cinematographer Freddie Francis."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Glory is, without question, one of the best movies ever made about the American Civil War."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A visceral, astounding war film, intelligently told."
‑ , Film4
"Still one of the best war epics ever made, with all around fantastic performances..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"[A] fabulous historical re-creation."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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