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By |2018-03-21T18:32:00+01:00January 15th, 2009|Reviews|


Date: 1989

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman


his terrific Civil War film brims with feelings produced largely without resorting to cheap tricks. Matthew Broderick is Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who led the war’s first volunteer all-black fighting unit, the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts. A young Denzel Washington cuts his teeth on the role of Private Trip, a former slave who doubts Shaw only to later swear allegiance. Morgan Freeman as Sergeant Rawlings, a gravedigger-turned-soldier, gives the story depth and maturity. Director Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai,” “The Siege”) captures Gould’s near-impossible position — fighting the Confederacy on the battlefield and the in-tent prejudices of the Union Army. Stirring stuff, led by a virtuoso Broderick.

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Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.