Film Summary: The Vietnam War Film Glory

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Glory is a 1989 war film which portrays the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer infantry in the American civil war (1861-1865). The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, inspired and based largely on the personal letters and experiences of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the novel One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard, and Lay This Laurel (1973) by Lincoln Kirstein. It is directed by Edward Zwick and stars Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Mathew Boderick, and Denzel Washington as the main characters in the movie. Glory is a great representation of the brotherhood and racism that the 54th Regiment had to undergo to gain the respect and opportunity to fight by the Union leaders.
The movie begins with the Battle of Antietam Creek, in which the Union is
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He explains how the first regiment to go forward will be guaranteed to suffer extreme casualties. Colonel Shaw volunteers to have the 54th lead the battle and motivates them that night by conducting a prayer and letting soldiers make emotional speeches to ask for God’s help throughout it. The next morning of July 18, 1863, the 54th regiment leads the attack on the fort and heavy casualties begin as the cannons explode. As the sun begins to set, the bombardment still continues and the soldiers begin to realize they are greatly outnumbered. Colonel Shaw then attempts to urge his men forward from the sand dune they were protecting themselves behind, which then leads to him being shot and instantly killed, freezing the men in shock. Trip then spurs forward, lifting the flag encouraging the men to charge, which leads to him being shot and killed as well. The soldiers lastly are able to break inside the forts outer defense, but are killed due to the large amount of Confederate soldiers inside. The morning after the great battle, the Confederate flag is raised over Fort Wagner and the corpses are thrown into a trench, with Trip and Colonel Shaw laying side by side. In the end Union forces fail to take the fort but the bravery of the 54th led to the Union accepting many more colored men for

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