1989 R 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD

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1989 R 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD
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Loosely based on the letters of Union commander Col. Robert G. Shaw, this Academy Award-winning drama follows the first group of African-Americans to serve in combat during the Civil War -- and shows how they helped turn the tide of the war.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Glory is a 1989 movie about the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first all-African-American volunteer company to fight in the Civil War. Racism in many forms is shown here: The "N" word is used, as are dated terms such as "Negro" and "colored"; African-Americans are compared to "monkeys"; and the bitterness and frustration of a lifetime of prejudice, abuse, and slavery comes through in the speech and actions of the soldiers. There is graphic war violence: A soldier's head is blown off by cannon fire. Battles with rifles and bayonets are shown. In a military hospital, the screams of the wounded are graphic, including one soldier heard begging doctors not to cut him anymore. In one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, a soldier found guilty of attempted desertion is sentenced to be whipped in front of the entire regiment. When he removes his shirt, the whip scars from slavery are clearly seen. Overall, this movie is an unforgettable history lesson about soldiers who transcended the profound racism and ignorance of their time to find dignity, courage, valor, and self-respect when given the opportunity to prove their worth.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


War violence. A soldier's head is blown off by cannon fire. Soldiers are shown firing rifles and fighting and killing with bayonets. A soldier found guilty of attempted desertion is shown being whipped on the back; when he removes his shirt, his back is covered in the scars of previous whippings from when he was a slave. During the looting of a southern town, a man strikes a woman in the face and is then shot and killed by his commanding officer. Screams of wounded soldiers in a military hospital after a major battle, including one man begging doctors not to cut him anymore. Inference of rape as a weapon of war from a corrupt military officer.


Use of the "N" word, as well as outdated words such as "Negro" and "colored." Occasional profanity throughout.

Social Behavior

Racism and prejudice are key themes; many characters' assumptions are challenged, and some are models of tolerance and acceptance.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking at parties. The night before a major battle, two officers drink shots of alcohol. Cigar and cigarette smoking throughout.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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