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The scenes that really move me In Glory

Glory is one of those films, that sticks in the mind long after you have seen it. The scenes that really get to me each time are:

1. Robert Gould Shaw's horse being let go before the final attack on the fort.You know that he believes that he will not survive.

2.Trip's face when he is being whipped,refusing to show pain. Match that with the anguish on Shaw's face as he watches the whipping.

3. The soldiers marching into battle, passing white Union soldiers on the way."Give them Hell, 54th!"You cannot failed to be moved by this.

4. Shaw's speech to his commanders, describing the actions of his men."They were a sight to behold."

Any others?


that 'give 'em hell 54th' line is one of my faves in ANY movie....excellent...

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Boy are you right on all notes. Glory is one of the best movies of all time. The acting, direction, cinematography, musical score...totally engaging and moving. I haven't seen the movie in a few years and all four scenes you describe are vivid in my memory and I totally agree.
What sticks in my mind are two more scenes
- the confrontation between Sgt Rawlings and Trip when they call each other the "n" word
-when they are burying all the dead at the very end in a mass grave and Shaw slides down the hill into the pit and lands on top of Trip. The music and cinematography is haunting and poingnent.

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Agree with all 4. "Give then Hell, 54th!" is especially moving because the music that follows is so incredibly moving.

Another line that moved me is when Shaw tells the reporter: "Got some letters here, personal things. ...Also, if I should fall, remember what you see here." That line, and the facial expression of the reporter when Shaw says it, gives me chills. If that reporter doesn't "remember" or report what he sees, then there's a good chance all of what they do will just fall between the cracks of history and never be remembered.


Those ones are good...

For me....

- The look on everyone's face when Shaw is killed, and the music starting, they just saw the man who cared for them all the way, die in front of them...

- The final battle from where you see Captain Charles Morse with a bloodied eye still trying to fight, and you know it's a hopeless battle...!

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Give'em hell 54 gets me every time.

The flogging scene.

Shaw's death.

Rawlins scene where he gives Trip a tongue lashing. Freeman is so good.

Right before battle at end when Shaw gives reporter the letters then joins his men and Sharts says "we's ready colonel" with a stutter.


you forgot to mention the scene around the campfire where they were singing and some of them had speeches before the battle of fort Wagner, THAT was a great scene


All of the above...also like to add the opening scenes of the Battle of Antietam, including seeing the swirling of winds.

Also Shaw has minor wounds and the director beautifully contrasts his pain by letting you see and hear a soldier having his leg amputated.

Also the entire house scene which had a soldier in a wheelchair and Frederick Douglass.


My favorite scenes:

1. GIVE 'EM HELL '54.
2. Morgan Freeman telling Trip off.
3. The black kids waving to the troops as they marched through town.
4. Trip going uphill saying "Come 'on".
5. Trip raising hell about the pay discrepancy between black and white soldiers.
6. Marching on the beach, like a ballet.
7. The 54 getting their new shoes and immediately marching.


Number one is my favorite:

Colonel Shaw, a boy from Massachusetts, looks out on the Atlantic Ocean peacefully for what is likely the last time in his young life. He looks over his shoulder at the ominous Fort Wagner knowing that is going to be the place of his death. And his face shows that he's afraid. Yet, you can see him accepting his fate as he dismounts and slaps his horse away. That's courage!

And then walks in among his men who take-up a cheer for him. The look of sheer pride on his face as he walks in amongst this extremely well-trained and motivated regiment, who chant "Colonel Shaw!" in appreciation for taking his job seriously and turning them into good soldiers, is a sight to behold. (Matthew Broderick did such an amazing job with this role!)