Based on the letters of Colonel Robert G. Shaw. Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers. —Murray Chapman
Often considered to be a throwback to an older Hollywood era, director Edward Zwick was an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently featured fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues and plots driven on the ambiguity of authority and on individual conscience as the ultimate arbiter of truth. Zwick got his start in television, directing episodes of long-gone shows until he partnered with friend Marshall Herskovitz to produce the Emmy Award-winning drama, “thirtysomething” (ABC, 1987-1991). While enjoying the fruits of his small screen success, Zwick struck a major chord with his second feature, “Glory” (1989), which told the often neglected story of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union during the Civil War. He parlayed this award-worthy epic into a string of financial and critical hits, including “Legends of the Fall” (1994), “Courage Under Fire” (1996) and “The Siege” (1998), before he settled into a producer’s role on “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and… read more
Revisionist BS. Call the subtext behind Ed Zwick's, and Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves, mythology. Denzel hopped over the noble story and gave a brave performance that elevated the material. Morgan Freeman was also great, always. Philosophically, the themes of these films are very troubling, It's History as much do with Hollywood's invention of it. Good film? that depends.