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An Epic Struggle,
This review is from: Glory (DVD)During the Civil War, the order was given for the organization of the first black regiment. To be led by General Robert Shaw, it proved not only to be a significant turning point in the war, but also led to an amazing act of bravery.
"Glory" follows General Shaw (whose letters a large portion of the movie is based on), a young, confused man amidst racism, hate, anger, and war in a struggle for solace. Played by Mathew Broderick, one of the few roles he fits perfectly, he leads the regiment into history.
Denzel Washington won a supporting oscar for his role as a bitter ex-slave who desires to fight, and he'll fight anyone he can. A monumental success for Washington.
Zwick's direction is enchanting, capturing the characters faces up close often to examine the mental anguish surrounding the regiment and making no secret that war is brutal.
A war-film of true grit and quality, with an terrificly effective score from Horner, "Glory" plays off of fact and ends in legend.