Glory (1989)

logoDirector: Edward Zwick

Writer: Kevin Jarre (Screenplay) Lincoln Kirstein, Peter Burchard (Book)

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Great Historical Drama


Story: Glory starts with narration from Robert Gould Shaw (Broderick) writing back to his parents explain why he is fighting for the freedom of every man woman and child in America during the Civil War. After he loses a large number of men in a battle he gets a chance to become a Colonel of the first coloured Battalion. Robert brings along his close friend Major Cabot Forbes (Elwes) and the Battalion is born. Robert’s personal friend Thomas Searles (Braugher) is the first to enlist and we meet a Private Trip (Washington) John Rawlins (Freeman) who along with others share the tent before training for combat.

When the men both black and white alike learn their potential fate if caught during the war they will either return to slavery or be executed not a single one leaves the unit. When the training continues to go on it starts to become apparent that they might just be there for show. the tensions rise as they keep getting pushes into manual work but when they finally get their chance in combat they live up to the occasion showing their excellent combat skills. When a chance to prove themselves once and for all Shaw takes it even if it means many of his men will die in the battle for Fort Wagner.

Glory tells the story of a little known part of the American Civil War, it also shows how the struggle between the race lines even if one side was fighting for their freedom. It shows how they overcame all the prejudices and even added the much need numbers in the war to help their side to victory. It does shy away from going full blown war gore on us which is a positive because it is about the idea of fighting for their chance. It is one of the best war films of all time and an important history lesson about the American Civil War. (9/10)


Actor Review


Matthew Broderick: Col. Robert Gould Shaw leader of the first coloured unit in the civil war, he has to fight to get them into combat even though his age gets put into question compared to the rest of the senior officers. Matthew gives a great performance and could easily be the best of his career. (9/10)


Denzel Washington: Private Trip the hot heated soldier who just wants to fight the world even though the people he is fighting with all want the same thing. Denzel shows here that he was going to be a superstar with a great performance. (9/10)


Cary Elwes: Maj. Cabot Forbes second in command who tries to balance his rank between his friendship and leadership. Cary gives a good performance but a large amount of his scenes were cut. (7/10)


Morgan Freeman: Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins starting off as the grave digger he becomes the leader of the men in combat and communication between the men and Shaw. Morgan gives a great performance showing he was going to continue for years to come. (9/10)


Andre Braugher: Thomas Searles a house servant for the Shaw family who enlists in the unit even though he has to deal with his higher educated background compared to the fellow soldiers. Andre makes an impressive debut that showed his skills. (8/10)


Support Cast: Glory supporting cast is the fellow soldiers and the generals who both helped and hinder the battalion. They all help drive the story to the next chapter.


Director Review: Edward Zwick – Edward does a great job directing this film showing the struggle over the war experience. (8/10)


History: Glory shows how the American Civil War changed after the inclusion of the coloured soldiers. (9/10)

War: Glory shows the struggle of going into a war over the actual battles but when the battles happen it all shows the horror of the war. (9/10)

Settings: Glory shows the settings that would be used for the Civil War. (9/10)

Suggestion: Glory is one that should be watched by everyone and if you studying American Civil War one that you will most likely watch at school. (Watch)


Best Part: The final battle.

Worst Part: Some of the extras have lets us the world interesting over the top death jumps.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final attack.


Believability: It tells the story of what really happened. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Won 3 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

Tagline: Their innocence. Their heritage. Their lives. Nothing would be spared in the fight for their freedom

Trivia: This film has one of the longest credit rolls in history. The credits following the movie ran a full ten minutes and were shipped to theaters on a separate reel. The films cast is displayed three times, each in a different layout.


Overall: Glory Shines

Rating 90

Trailer Alert – The Transporter Refueled

Plot – A reboot of the story of transporter Frank Martin.

Release Date:  19th June 2015


  • Ed Skrein (The Sweeney)

Director: Camille Delamarre

Highlight of the Trailer: Couldn’t see one.

What Looks Good? Not much

What Looks Bad? Most of it.

Summary: Can this new chap really fill the boots of Jason Statham, I really don’t see it in this trailer and I think this film could be one of the biggest flops of the year.


Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 10%

My Guess Rating – 5%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No