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Year
1989
Runtime
122 min.
Director
Edward Zwick
Genres
Drama, War, History
Rating *
7.9
Votes *
97,647
Checks
13,290
Favs
530
Dislikes
71
Favs/checks
4.0% (1:25)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. TheMajor's avatar

    TheMajor

    Good film, but a little too forcedly melodramatic and sentimental. Especially the score. 6 years 9 months ago
  2. ClassicLady's avatar

    ClassicLady

    Broderick did a grand job. But the movie just didn't hit home with me. 5 years 1 month ago
  3. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    I think Matthew Broderick was a good casting decision. The way I see it, his character is supposed to appear weak and soft. The movie opens with him going down over a scratch in the middle of a battle, faking dead beause he is scared shitless. He even comments upon the fear that his own weakness will affect the performance of his regiment. I think the movie makes the point that the army would not give command of a black regiment to a charismatic or brilliant leader. No John Wayne-type for them black folks. Hell no, give them that weak papas boy... Then, the movie slowly shows how he develops as a commander and gains the respect of his regiment. Think about the contrast (and development) in his character from his first scene in the movie and his last scene in the movie. I think the movie makes a point by using Matthew Broderick in the main lead. Namely "Don't judge a book by its covers"... 7 years ago
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