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Run time: 1h 58min |  Biography, Period, Drama | Released: December 14, 1989 (USA)


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.

Director: Edward Zwick

Writer(s): Kevin Jarre

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Andrew Braugher


Estimated budget:

$18 million

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Widest Release:

801 Theaters

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