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122 min
Drama | History | War
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Edward Zwick
Won 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1990-02-16
Filming Locations: African-American National Historic Site - 14 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Budget: $18,000,000
Opening Weekend: $63,661 (USA) (17 December 1989)
Gross: $26,830,000 (USA) Filming Dates 9 February 1989 - 30 April 1989 Copyright Holder Tri-St ar Pictures, Inc. (1989)
Matthew Broderick
Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington
Pvt. Trip
Cary Elwes
Maj. Cabot Forbes
Morgan Freeman
Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Jihmi Kennedy
Pvt. Jupiter Sharts
Andre Braugher
Cpl. Thomas Searles
John Finn
Sgt. Maj. Mulcahy
Donovan Leitch Jr.
Capt. Charles Fessenden Morse
JD Cullum
Henry Sturgis Russell
Alan North
Gov. John Albion Andrew
Bob Gunton
Gen. Charles Garrison Harker
Cliff De Young
Col. James M. Montgomery
Christian Baskous
Edward L. Pierce
RonReaco Lee
Mute Drummer Boy
Jay O. Sanders
Gen. George Crockett Strong
Richard Riehle
Daniel Jenkins
'A' Company Officer
Michael Smith Guess
'A' Company Soldier
Abdul Salaam El Razzac
'A' Company Soldier
Peter Michael Goetz
Francis George Shaw
Pete Munro
Benji Wilhoite
Young Soldier
Ethan Phillips
Hospital Steward
Mark A. Levy
Bigoted Soldier
Randell Haynes
Afemo Omilami
Tall Contraband
Keith Noble
Short Contraband
Dan Biggers
Marc Gowan
Dr. William B. Rogers
Raymond Godshall Jr.
Dr. Charles G. Thorpe
Bob Minor
Contraband Soldier
Joan Riordan
White Woman
Saundra Dunson-Franks
Black Woman (as Saundra Franks)
Mark A. Jones
54th Soldier
Peter Grandfield
10th Connecticut Soldier
Mark Margolis
10th Connecticut Soldier
Paul Desmond
10th Connecticut Soldier
Tom Barrington
10th Connecticut Soldier
Michael Fowler
10th Connecticut Soldier
Richard Wright
10th Connecticut Soldier
Joseph Alex
Re-Enactor Core Group and Company A (uncredited)
Frank Blair
Darian Farmer (uncredited)
Carla Brothers
Charlotte Forten (uncredited)
Bill Chemerka
Confederate Officer (uncredited)
Sheila Cochran
Home dweller (uncredited)
Rachel Lea Grundfast
Ellen Shaw (uncredited)
Kevin R. Hershberger
Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Kevin Jarre
10th Connecticut Soldier (uncredited)
Alex Joseph
Company A soldier (uncredited)
Jay Lance
Union Soldier (uncredited)
William Mathis
Union Soldier (uncredited)
Matthew Murdzak
Captain (uncredited)
Bill Nunn
Larry Peterson
Union Officer (uncredited)
Alejandro de Quesada
Confederate / Union Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Ragland
Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
Raymond St. Jacques
Frederick Douglass
Michael Wayne Thomas
Soldier (uncredited)
Rodger Williamson
Union Cavalryman (uncredited)
Did you know?
The relief sculpture in the credits is the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial in Boston Common, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
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Many scenes/subplots were cut out from both the theatrical version and the DVD. These include Shaw (Matthew Broderick) and Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes) attending school together, fencing one another, etc. Nearly all of the scenes of Jane Alexander were cut.
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Several of the extracts from Colonel Shaw's supposed letters to his mother, as heard in voice-over narration throughout the film, were actually taken from "Army Life in a Black Regiment," an 1870 book by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who commanded the 1st South Carolina Regiment during the Civil War.
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When Colonel Shaw volunteers to lead the charge on Fort Wagner, he tells General Strong, "you should have seen us in action two days ago - we were a sight to see". The skirmish Shaw was referring to occurred on James Island, SC on July 16th, 1863. The charge on Fort Wagner occurred two days later on July 18th. But the film portrays Shaw's conversation with General Strong as taking place on the 17th, with the regiment resting that night (the singing scene) and making the charge the next day (the 18th). So what he should have said was "you should have seen us in action yesterday", not "two days ago".
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Flogging was banned in the Union Army in 1861. Private Trip would not have been whipped, at least not by someone as by-the-book as Colonel Shaw; however, there were harsh punishments, such as being "spread eagled" on the spare wheel of an artillery limber, which often broke the man's back.
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In the film, Shaw asks who will carry the colors if they should fall during the assault on Fort Wagner. In reality, it was General Strong who asked this question, and Robert Gould Shaw was the one who volunteered.
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Colonel Robert G. Shaw: There's more to fighting than rest, sir. There's character, there's strength of heart. You should have seen us in action two days ago. We were a sight to see! We'll be ready, sir. When do you want us?
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John Rawlins: Where about you from?
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10th Connecticut soldier: Give 'em Hell, 54!
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Which major characters are based on real people?
Robert Gould Shaw is the only major character based on a real person. Frederick Douglass is represented as a minor character, though he plays an important role in the movie's plot. All of the other major characters are composites.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Glory can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Jane Alexander