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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Excellent Civil War movie has graphic violence, profanity.

Movie R 1989 122 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 14+

Best War Movie Ever

This is probably my favorite war movie because it has heart. War itself is a horrible, ugly thing- but the reasons we fight: freedom, equality, hope are worth it sometimes. This isn’t a documentary, so it’s not an accurate portrayal of everything that happened. It’s a MOVIE and it inspires and entertains - and is based on factual events. Those reviews complaining it’s too violent- it’s a WAR movie- did you expect something else? And it doesn’t “promote” racism- it’s shows the times as they were. This is WHY we fought the war. I can think of no more inspiring movie than Glory.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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age 17+

Good but very violent and graphic

It was a good movie and I enjoyed it. It is very scary, graphic and, violent too scary for young children it’s frightening overall it was enjoyable for me but pretty scary.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (35 ):

This powerful and complex movie is best for mature teens and up; it may be too intense for younger kids, even those who are Civil War buffs. Rigorous, even pitiless codes of military behavior is something worth talking about with kids, especially in military families.

The movie is important, because, during a time when white Americans generally accepted the idea that African-Americans were an inferior race and incapable of serving with pride and dignity in the military, Robert Gould Shaw believed otherwise. He fought tirelessly against a corrupt bureaucracy and reluctant military establishment to prove that his all-African-American regiment would display valor and courage in the heat of battle. In the midst of intense racial prejudice from many in the North as well as the South -- and a lifetime of suffering the bitterness, anger, and frustration such prejudice engendered -- the African-American soldiers who composed the 54th Massachusetts Regiment overcame the false assumptions of many, resulting in President Lincoln ordering the recruitment of many more all-African-American regiments, which he believed helped turn the tide in the Civil War.

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