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Includes biographical information on Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington as well as an analysis of three published reviews Needs better transitions Glory captures the heroism of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the first black regiment in the Civil War the Massachusetts Fighting Fifty-fourth An extremely talented cast and crew earned three Academy Awards cinematography sound and supporting actor and five nominations for their work in Glory The outstanding cinematography sound score and acting recreate the events leading up to the Union attack on Fort Wagner on July 18th 1863 Matthew Broderick portrays the young Bostonian abolitionist Col Robert G Shaw who takes command of the Fifty-fourth following the Emancipation Proclamation Shaw along with Cabot Forbes Cary Elwes leads a band of ex slaves servants and other black volunteers including a rebellious runaway slave Trip Denzel Washington Shaws educated childhood friend Thomas Searles Andre Braugher and a former grave digger Rawlins Morgan Freeman Together these men face the adversity of a racist Union Army struggling to prove themselves worthy of their government issued blue uniforms After months of training and exploitation for physical labor the Fifty-fourth gains the opportunity to fight in an attack on Fort Wagner on the beaches of South Carolina Poised to dispel the belief that blacks would not be disciplined under fire the Fifty-fourth leads the almost suicidal attack on Ft Wagner There Col Shaw valiantly falls and the Fifty-fourth suffering great losses displayed the courage that persuaded the Union to enlist many more black soldiers Matthew Broderick delivers a noteworthy performance in the role of Col Shaw which Leonard Maltin calls his most ambitious part In an interview for the New York Times Broderick spoke of his method acting The first step in preparing for the role of Robert Gould Shaw in Glory was to try to learn as much as I could about the real person That was mostly from letters photographs descriptions and a poem by Emerson The
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