Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Movie review: Glory (1989)

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Boston-raised son of abolitionists Robert Gould Shaw is put in charge of an all-black battalion, the 54th Massachusetts, during the Civil War. Braving uneducated soldiers, racist Army policies, hostile civilians and soldiers on both sides of the war, he manages to develop and lead a fighting force that changed the attitudes of many in the service, and silence the question of "whether the black man can fight."

This movie is on both the AFI's 100 Years 100 Cheers list, and Mark Hughes' "The Best Films Never Nominated For The Oscar For Best Picture," which I'm watching for my 3rd 101 Things in 1001 Days. It's also among my own 100 Favorite Movies. My description is a bit flip for the serious subject matter, and there are outstanding performances by the African American cast members, particularly Denzel Washington (won his first Oscar), Morgan Freeman and Andre Brauer. Definitely worth watching. Repeatedly.

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  1. True story: When I saw this movie at the theater, the friend I went with -- who knows how completely I lose myself at the movies -- kept reminding me, "Everyone you like in this movie will die." My favorite scene is when Matthew Broderick slaps his horse on the butt to get it to run away, because he loves it. Very moving.

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    1. Everyone we like in this movie *does* die. Even Westley - I mean Cabot. And it sucks every time!

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