Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 1998

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Alan North

Director: Edward Zwick

Genres: Historical drama , War

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Keywords: Sacrifice, Hospital, Quest, Soldier, Inspiring, Friend


Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Sound
Winner Cinematography