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AND DONE The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 80) (#1):
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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 79) (Top 2):
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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 78) (Top 3):
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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 77):
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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 64):

17. “Glory” (1989)


Movie Summary:

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.


From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/




Matthew Broderick—Col.Robert Gould Shaw


Denzel Washington—Pvt. Trip


Cary Elwes—Maj. Cabot Forbes


Morgan Freeman—Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins


Jihmi Kennedy—Pvt. Jupiter Sharts


Andre Braugher—Cpl. Thomas Searles


Bob Gunton—Gen. Charles Garrison Harker


Cliff De Young—Col. James M. Montgomery


Richard Riehle—Quartermaster




Edward Zwick


Facts about the this movie:

*Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

*Opening Weekend: $63,661 (USA)  (3 Screens)

*Gross: $26,830,000 (USA)

*Matthew Broderick is believed to be a distant relative of Robert Gould Shaw, the character he plays.

*Many scenes/subplots were cut out from both the theatrical version and the DVD. These include Shaw (Matthew Broderick) and Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes) attending school together, fencing one another, etc. Nearly all of the scenes of Jane Alexander were cut.

*With the exception of Shaw, none of the primary characters are based on real people in the 54th.

*The relief sculpture in the credits is the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial in Boston Common, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

*Many of the first shots of the movie were taken from the 125th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1988, in which up to 15,000 participants took part. The scenes filmed at the Gettysburg Reenactment were fused into the depicted Battle of Antietam scene which was filmed in Mcdonough, Georgia. Viewers can distinguish the two separately filmed locations either by the massive amounts of reenactment troops that were at the Gettysburg event; or by the browner dry summer background of Pennsylvania in 1988, and the greener spring background of Georgia in 1989.

*Very early in the movie there is a scene of Union soldiers playing baseball. While there remains considerable dispute about exactly when, where and how the sport was invented, there is no question that the Civil War itself had a significant role in the rapid growth of the sport, as it became a popular pastime for soldiers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line who spread it around the country. Incidentally, Union general Abner Doubleday once was credited with inventing baseball but that theory has long been discredited.

*In order to simulate realistic shell bursts, Edward Zwick and his effects crew used lycopodium powder, which, when puffed into a naked flame, instantly ignites producing a phosphorescent ball of light for a split second.

*The majority of Cary Elwes' scenes were cut from the film.


*Andre Braugher's movie debut.


*The inaugural battle for the real 54th Massachusetts was at James Island, South Carolina, on 16 July 1863. The scene depicting this engagement was filmed during late February of 1989 at the Girl Scout Camp on Rose Dhu Island near Savannah, Georgia. It actually snowed during filming, and heaters had to be brought in to melt the snow. Later, in the Christmas at Camp Readville scene (filmed in March 1989 at the old Train Roundhouse in Savannah, Georgia), snow blowers were brought in to blow chipped ice onto the ground to give the appearance of a winter snow.


*The film depicts the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry training through the Christmas holidays of presumably 1862 (after the September 1862 Battle of Antietam), but the real 54th Massachusetts did not organize until March 1863, and were engaged in their first battle on James Island, South Carolina on 16 July 1863, and then Battery Wagner (the final battle in the film) on 18 July 1863.


*According to director Edward Zwick, Matthew Broderick and Cary Elwes did not get along during filming.


*The lines spoken by Colonel Montgomery to the outraged Colonel Shaw when he orders the burning of Darien - "Secesh has got to be swept away by the hand of God like the Jews of old" - are the actual words of Montgomery, quoted in a letter from the real Shaw to his family.



*Several of the extracts from Colonel Shaw's supposed letters to his mother, as heard in voice-over narration throughout the film, were actually taken from "Army Life in a Black Regiment," an 1870 book by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who commanded the 1st South Carolina Regiment during the Civil War.


*Although it's not depicted in the film, Robert Gould Shaw got married to the sister of noted newspaper editor George William Curtis a few days before the 54th was sent to South Carolina.


*This was the movie that gave Denzel Washington his big brake in film. This movie got his name known.


*This is one of the movies that got Morgan Freeman his big brake in film, got his name known.



From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/trivia



Why I Picked this movie #17:

1.One of top five best war films ever.


2. Might be the best war movie about the Civil War, if not one, it is for surreally number two.


3. It is Matthew Broderick best film. He shows how great of an act he is. If not of all-time, it is for surreally his best from the 1980’s.


4. Awesome Cast.


5. Great script.


6. It has a great realism of war.


7. Awesome battles scenes.


8. Awesome story.


9. It will give you the chills or will make you choke up, Every time you watch it.


10. Awesome ending and beginning.


11. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.


12. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.


13. It is one of most Iconic movie made in the 80’s.


14. It is timeless.


15. Awesome action.


16. The casting was awesome.


15. One of the best 80 movies made in 1980’s


16. Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman do any awesome job playing off each other.


17. You can see how great of actor Denzel Washington would become.


18. You can see how great of actor Morgan Freeman would become.


19. Even with the whole mess with the war you can see and feel the big heart that this movie has.


20. It showed how things really were back then.


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