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glory--starring_VBG
matthew_NP
broderick_NP
,_,
denzel_???
washington_NP
,_,
and_CC
morgan_NP
freeman--is_???
the_DT
true_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
the_DT
54th_CD
regiment_NN
of_IN
massachusetts_NP
,_,
the_DT
first_OD
black_JJ
fighting_NN
unit_NN
recruited_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
north_NN
during_IN
the_DT
civil_JJ
war_NN
._.
broderick_NP
plays_VBZ
robert_NP
gould_NP
shaw_NP
,_,
the_DT
young_JJ
white_JJ
officer_NN
who_WP
led_VBD
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
into_IN
battle_NN
._.
shaw_NP
,_,
the_DT
son_NN
of_IN
well-to-do_???
abolitionists_NNS
,_,
hailed_VBN
from_IN
boston_NP
high_JJ
society_NN
._.
the_DT
letters_NNS
he_PP
wrote_VBD
home_RB
to_IN
his_PP$
parents_NNS
during_IN
the_DT
war_NN
are_BER
on_IN
display_NN
at_IN
harvard_NP
,_,
and_CC
were_BED
,_,
evidently_RB
,_,
the_DT
inspiration_NN
for_IN
glory_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
begins_VBZ
in_IN
1862_CD
,_,
shaw_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
captain_NN
in_IN
the_DT
northern_JJ
forces_NNS
._.
like_IN
private_JJ
eriksson_NN
(_(
michael_NP
j_NN
._.
fox_NN
)_)
in_IN
casualties_NNS
of_IN
war_NN
,_,
shaw_NP
initially_RB
is_BEZ
naive_JJ
and_CC
idealistic_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
war--that_RB
is_BEZ
,_,
until_CS
his_PP$
company_NN
is_BEZ
attacked_VBN
by_IN
enemy_NN
forces_NNS
._.
shaw_NP
experiences_NNS
first_OD
hand_NN
the_DT
horror_NN
and_CC
chaos_NN
of_IN
battle_NN
,_,
witnessing_VBG
mass_JJ
slaughter_NN
and_CC
receiving_VBG
a_DT
minor_JJ
wound_NN
himself_PPX
when_CS
a_DT
bullet_NN
grazes_NNS
his_PP$
neck_NN
._.
soon_RB
after_IN
his_PP$
recovery_NN
,_,
shaw_NP
is_BEZ
promoted_VBN
to_IN
colonel_NN
and_CC
assigned_VBN
to_IN
enlist_VB
and_CC
train_NN
blacks_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
war_NN
effort_NN
._.
glory_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
story_NN
not_XNOT
only_RB
of_IN
colonel_NN
shaw_NP
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
of_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
who_WP
laid_VBD
down_RP
their_PP$
lives_NNS
to_IN
free_JJ
their_PP$
brothers_NNS
from_IN
slavery_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
periodically_RB
jumps_VBZ
between_IN
shaw_NP
's_POS
point_NN
of_IN
view_NN
and_CC
the_DT
perspective_NN
of_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
introduces_VBZ
us_PP
to_TO
a_DT
handful_NN
of_IN
black_JJ
recruits_NNS
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
follow_VB
them_PP
from_IN
their_PP$
enlistment_NN
through_IN
basic_JJ
training_NN
and_CC
finally_RB
into_IN
action_NN
._.
the_DT
large_JJ
black_JJ
cast_NN
is_BEZ
uniformly_RB
outstanding_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
washington_NP
who_WP
is_BEZ
electrifying_VBG
as_IN
a_DT
runaway_JJ
slave_NN
with_IN
a_DT
big_JJ
mouth_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
brash_NP
and_CC
pushy_JJ
,_,
always_RB
getting_VBG
into_IN
trouble_NN
and_CC
always_RB
looking_VBG
for_IN
a_DT
fight_NN
._.
his_PP$
bitter_JJ
,_,
tough_JJ
guy_NN
facade_NN
is_BEZ
really_RB
just_RB
a_DT
mask_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
loneliness_NN
and_CC
vulnerability_NN
._.
washington_NP
provides_VBZ
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
intensity_NN
and_CC
emotional_JJ
power_NN
._.
in_IN
one_CD
heartbreaking_NN
scene_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
whipped_VBN
for_IN
allegedly_RB
deserting_VBG
the_DT
army_NN
._.
when_CS
he_PP
removes_VBZ
his_PP$
shirt_NN
to_IN
receive_VB
the_DT
punishment_NN
,_,
you_PP
cringe_VB
at_IN
the_DT
sight_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
back_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
riddled_VBN
with_IN
ugly_JJ
scars_NNS
from_IN
his_PP$
days_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
slave_NN
._.
it_PP
makes_VBZ
your_PP$
blood_NN
boil_VB
._.
the_DT
humiliation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
beating_NN
is_BEZ
far_RB
more_DT
traumatic_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
actual_JJ
physical_JJ
pain_NN
it_PP
brings_VBZ
;_;
a_DT
tear_NN
rolls_NNS
down_IN
washington_NP
's_POS
cheek--and_NN
will_MD
probably_RB
run_VB
down_RP
your_PP$
cheek_NN
as_IN
well_RB
._.
the_DT
episode_NN
becomes_VBZ
even_RB
more_DT
tragic_JJ
when_CS
we_PP
learn_VB
that_CS
washington_NP
wasn't_BEDZ
deserting_VBG
the_DT
army_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
;_;
he_PP
left_VBD
camp_NN
to_IN
look_NN
for_IN
shoes_NNS
because_CS
his_PP$
feet_NNS
were_BED
covered_VBN
with_IN
oozing_VBG
sores_NNS
._.
freeman_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
as_CS
usual_JJ
,_,
a_DT
strong_JJ
presence_NN
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
supporting_JJ
role_NN
._.
he_PP
plays_VBZ
a_DT
grave_NN
digger_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
buried_VBN
more_DT
white_JJ
soldiers_NNS
than_CS
he_PP
cares_VBZ
to_IN
remember_VB
._.
he_PP
quickly_RB
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
leader_NN
among_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
,_,
holding_VBG
the_DT
group_NN
together_RB
and_CC
serving_VBG
as_IN
a_DT
liaison_NN
to_IN
the_DT
white_JJ
officers_NNS
._.
colonel_NN
shaw_NP
recognizes_VBZ
freeman_NN
's_POS
leadership_NN
ability_NN
and_CC
promotes_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
sergeant_NN
major_JJ
,_,
making_VBG
him_PP
the_DT
first_OD
black_JJ
officer_NN
in_IN
the_DT
army_NN
._.
andre_NP
braugher_NN
makes_VBZ
an_DT
impressive_JJ
film_NN
debut_NN
in_IN
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
thomas_NP
searles_NNS
,_,
a_DT
free_JJ
black_JJ
who_NP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
shaw_NP
's_POS
close_JJ
childhood_NN
friends_NNS
._.
searles_NNS
is_BEZ
educated_VBN
and_CC
refined_JJ
,_,
like_IN
a_DT
white_JJ
man_NN
,_,
prompting_VBG
washington_NP
to_IN
nickname_NN
him_PP
"_"
snow_NN
flake_VB
._.
"_"
the_DT
burning_JJ
question_NN
is_BEZ
whether_CS
searles_NNS
is_BEZ
tough_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
survive_VB
basic_JJ
training_NN
and_CC
to_IN
kill_NN
in_IN
combat_NN
._.
the_DT
road_NN
from_IN
marching_JJ
drills_NNS
to_IN
battle_NN
action_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bumpy_JJ
one_CD
for_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
regiment_NN
._.
the_DT
soldiers_NNS
suffer_VB
innumerable_JJ
hardships_NNS
,_,
but_CC
somehow_RB
they_PP
never_RB
lose_VB
their_PP$
morale_NN
._.
the_DT
army_NN
treats_VBZ
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
like_IN
second_NN
class_NN
citizens_NNS
,_,
subjecting_VBG
them_PP
to_IN
racism_NN
and_CC
discrimination_NN
._.
they_PP
are_BER
paid_VBN
only_RB
$_???
10_CD
a_NP
month_NN
,_,
whereas_CS
their_PP$
white_JJ
counterparts_NNS
earn_VB
thirteen_CD
,_,
and_CC
,_,
for_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
time_NN
,_,
they_PP
have_HV
to_TO
go_VB
without_IN
shoes_NNS
,_,
guns_NNS
,_,
or_CC
uniforms_NNS
._.
to_IN
make_NN
matters_NNS
worse_JJR
,_,
the_DT
white_JJ
military_JJ
hierarchy_NN
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
reluctant_JJ
to_IN
allow_VB
the_DT
blacks_NNS
into_IN
action_NN
,_,
preferring_VBG
instead_RB
to_IN
use_NN
them_PP
for_IN
manual_NN
labor_NP
._.
eventually_RB
,_,
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
regiment_NN
receives_VBZ
its_PP$
boots_NNS
,_,
uniforms_NNS
,_,
rifles_NNS
,_,
and_CC
right_RB
to_IN
fight_NN
,_,
thanks_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
stubborn_JJ
resolve_VB
of_IN
colonel_NN
shaw_NP
._.
shaw_NP
has_HVZ
absolute_JJ
faith_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
soldiers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
fights_VBZ
tooth_NN
and_CC
nail_NN
to_IN
get_VB
them_PP
what_WDT
they_PP
deserve_VB
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
it_PP
means_VBZ
threatening_VBG
a_DT
general_JJ
with_IN
blackmail_NN
._.
broderick_NP
,_,
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
most_DT
convincing_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
where_CS
shaw_NP
stands_VBZ
up_RP
for_IN
the_DT
regiment_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
however_RB
,_,
broderick_NP
's_POS
uneven_JJ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
in_IN
many_DT
respects_NNS
,_,
the_DT
weak_JJ
link_NN
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
in_IN
an_DT
effort_NN
to_IN
look_NN
more_DT
mature_JJ
,_,
broderick_NP
sports_NNS
a_DT
mustache_NN
and_CC
a_DT
goatee_NN
,_,
and_CC
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
he_PP
slips_VBZ
in_IN
and_CC
out_RP
of_IN
a_DT
phony_NN
boston_NP
accent_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
never_RB
altogether_RB
convincing_JJ
as_CS
shaw_NP
since_CS
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
time_NN
his_PP$
emotions_NNS
seem_VB
forced_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
places_NNS
too_RB
much_DT
weight_NN
on_IN
broderick_NP
's_POS
character_NN
and_CC
not_XNOT
enough_RB
on_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
,_,
who_WP
are_BER
more_DT
intriguing_JJ
._.
glory_NN
regains_NNS
lost_VBN
ground_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
harrowing_NN
depiction_NP
of_IN
war_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
shows_VBZ
the_DT
devastation_NN
of_IN
war_NN
without_IN
resorting_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
unnecessarily_RB
graphic_JJ
gore_NN
which_WDT
marred_VBD
born_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
fourth_OD
of_IN
july_NP
._.
glory_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
try_VB
to_TO
rattle_VB
you_PP
with_IN
nauseating_VBG
blood_NN
and_CC
guts_NNS
._.
except_CS
for_IN
a_DT
few_DT
bullet_NN
wounds_NNS
and_CC
one_CD
exploding_VBG
head_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
leaves_NNS
the_DT
gore_NN
to_IN
your_PP$
imagination_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
the_DT
battle_NN
scenes_NNS
in_IN
glory_NN
are_BER
timid_JJ
._.
to_IN
the_DT
contrary_NN
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
chaotic_JJ
and_CC
horrifying_JJ
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
that_DT
director_NN
edward_NP
zwick_NP
(_(
the_DT
co-creator_NN
of_IN
"_"
thirtysomething_VBG
"_"
)_(
films_NNS
them_PP
with_IN
far_RB
more_DT
subtlety_NN
and_CC
restraint_NN
than_CS
oliver_NP
stone_NN
could_MD
ever_RB
muster_VB
._.
the_DT
key_JJ
to_IN
glory_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
group_NN
dynamic_JJ
among_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
depicts_VBZ
some_DT
of_IN
(_(
but_CC
not_XNOT
enough_RB
of_IN
)_(
their_PP$
customs_NNS
and_CC
rituals_NNS
._.
in_IN
one_CD
scene_NN
,_,
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
the_DT
soldiers_NNS
motivate_VB
themselves_PPX
by_IN
singing_VBG
prayers_NNS
around_IN
the_DT
campfire_NN
._.
each_DT
man_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
relay_NN
a_DT
few_DT
words_NNS
of_IN
inspiration_NN
._.
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
most_DT
touching_JJ
moments_NNS
involve_VB
young_JJ
black_JJ
children_NNS
looking_VBG
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
soldiers_NNS
with_IN
awe_NN
,_,
disbelief_NN
and_CC
pride_NN
._.
the_DT
regiment_NN
's_POS
greatest_JJS
triumph_NN
comes_VBZ
when_CS
the_DT
soldiers_NNS
distinguish_VB
themselves_PPX
in_IN
battle_NN
,_,
thereby_RB
earning_VBG
the_DT
respect_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
white_JJ
peers_NNS
and_CC
earning_VBG
the_DT
honor_NN
of_IN
leading_JJ
the_DT
climactic_JJ
assault_NN
on_IN
fort_NN
wagner_NP
._.
like_IN
any_DT
war_NN
film_NN
,_,
glory_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
share_NN
of_IN
gloom_NN
and_CC
despair_NN
,_,
but_CC
ultimately_RB
it_PP
proves_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
truly_RB
uplifting_JJ
experience_NN
and_CC
an_DT
important_JJ
history_NN
lesson_NN
,_,
a_DT
valuable_JJ
reminder_NN
that_CS
despite_IN
what_WDT
the_DT
history_NN
books_NNS
say_VB
(_(
or_CC
,_,
more_RBR
precisely_RB
,_,
what_WDT
they_PP
do_DO
not_XNOT
say_VB
)_)
,_,
blacks_NNS
played_VBD
a_DT
critically_RB
important_JJ
role_NN
in_IN
the_DT
north_NN
's_POS
victory_NN
over_IN
the_DT
south--forever_NN
changing_VBG
the_DT
evolution_NN
of_IN
america_NP
._.
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