Upwards of 15,000 Civil War reenactors participated in some of the scenes depicted in GLORY. Shot over a ten week period, the reenactors all served on a voluntary basis and were not paid. Director Edward Zwick used lycopodium powder to simulate realist shell bursts. Actor Matthew Broderick told friends that the battle scenes didn’t require much acting on his part because he was genuinely afraid.
Here’s a quick summary:
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
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