Every time I watch this film, I come away just a bit more impressed with it--and it is already one of my favorite films. I don't really like to use feature films as part of instruction because there are so few of them that are both reasonably accurate and where it is a good use of the time--but Glory is the only feature film that I am willing to use for a U.S. History class (so far).
This film does so much in 122 minutes: conveys the brutality of war; the complex and often ugly nature of race relations in the Union; how men confronting death prepare themselves in prayer; how, in the words of Morgan Freeman's character, the time had come to "ante up and kick in like men" -- and how bearing arms in military service was part of full citizenship for black Americans. For those seeking a more intellectual discussion, read Bernard C. Nalty's Strength For the Fight.
I don't know how many times I have seen Glory--but I still find myself with a lump in my throat as Col. Gould lets go of his horse, knowing that he is almost certainly going to die, and leads the 54th Massachusetts into battle along the beach towards Fort Wagner.
UPDATE: I was wondering why the copyright holder had allowed this to be uploaded to YouTube. The answer is: they didn't! Hence when you go there now, you get nothing but an announcement that it is down.