'Glory' Directed by HUMANITAS Trustee Edward Zwick Charges Back Into Cinemas For Its 30th Anniversary This July
In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Academy Award-winning Civil War epic, Glory, returns to cinemas this July for two days only. The date also coincides with the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863, the battle brutally brought to life in the film's gripping climax.
Thanks to a partnership between Fathom Events, Sony Pictures, and Turner Classic Movies, Glory will be shown on more than 600 movie screens around the U.S. on Sunday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (all times local).
The film, directed by Edward Zwick, was nominated for five Academy Awards and won three, one for Freddie Francis' lush cinematography, one for sound mixing and the first Oscar in the celebrated career of Denzel Washington, who took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor on Oscar Night in 1990.
Glory features Matthew Broderick as Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who assumes control of the 54th Massachusetts Regimen comprised of black soldiers as by law only a white officer could lead a black unit in the Civil War. In addition to Washington, who portrays Pvt. Trip, a former slave who volunteers to be a part of the 54th Massachusetts, the film also stars Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, Cary Elwes, and Cliff De Young. Glory remains one of the most intelligent and captivating films ever made about the Civil War, and is a testament to the enormous courage and bravery of the 54th Massachusetts unit.
Though a critical favorite, the film ultimately would not become a box office success for its distributor, Tri-Star Pictures, in its initial release. At the time, many felt the film's brutal depiction of war was a curious choice for a holiday release, though it only debuted in a handful of theaters in December, and never reached a wide release when it expanded in January of 1990. The film has gained its celebrated status largely through ancillary viewings.
This 30th anniversary presentation marks the film's first nationwide re-release since its initial run and during these special showings TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz will present special pre- and post-film commentary that offers even more background information on the film that the New York Times praised for its "almost overwhelming emotional impact."
Tickets can be purchased at participating theater box offices and at FathomEvents.com
All box office estimates courtesy of Box Office Mojo.