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This film is about the 54th Massachusetts, set during the Civil War. Edward Zwick was the Director of this film. This instant classic was produced in 1989 and a crew of well-known actors as it stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman. Glory follows the personal letters of the events that Robert Shaw went through during his time in the Civil War. This film follows the life of five men during this time, Robert Shaw (Matthew Broderick) who commands the 54th Mass, Private Trip (Denzel Washington), Private Jupiter Sharts, Corporal Thomas Searles (Andre Braugher), and Sergeant Major John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). Glory follows the personal letters of Robert Shaw and in his letters they begin to tell the story of how African Americans in his unit are undisciplined and are eventually turned into a fighting force. Sergeant Major Mulcahy is brought into the unit to teach the men discipline and makes them train for hours on end. COL. Shaw sees the amount of work that these men have done and convinces his commanders with blackmail that his men should be transferred to a combat unit to be given the chance to prove themselves. When their transfer was finally approved, they are tested with their first major battle to go through, at James Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Since Shaw was in command of mostly African American’s, his soldiers were heavily mocked and tormented by the white Union Soldiers; however after the battle of James Island, the white Union soldiers gave them the respect that any other soldier would receive. As the 54th Mass marched to Fort Wagner Shaw and most of his men were killed during the battle.
The film Glory followed the life of Robert Shaw and Fredrick Douglass as they were the only two characters, based on real people. Though Fredrick Douglass has a minor role in this film, this is because we only…...