GLORY [working title: LAY THIS LAUREL] (1989) Script by Kevin Jarre, based on books by Lincoln Kirstein and Peter Burchard


(African American cinema) Vintage original film script [under working title LAY THIS LAUREL] by Kevin Jarre. Los Angeles: Freddie Fields Productions, [ca 1988]. Talent agency wrappers, brad bound, quarto, 112 pp., spotting to front cover, a few penciled notes on title page, generally NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD wrappers.

Script for one of the most acclaimed films of African American interest made in the late 1980s.

American war film directed by Edward Zwick about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the Union Army’s second African-American regiment in the American Civil War. It stars Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment’s commanding officer, and Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman as fictional members of the 54th. The screenplay by Kevin Jarre was based on the books Lay This Laurel by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard, and the personal letters of Shaw. The film depicts the soldiers of the 54th from the formation of their regiment to their heroic actions at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner.

Glory was nominated for five Academy Awards and won three, including Best Supporting Actor for Washington. It won many other awards from, among others, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Golden Globe Awards, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the Political Film Society, and the NAACP Image Awards.” (Wikipedia)

Besides the presence of Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, the supporting cast included a uniformly excellent cast of African American actors, among them Andre Braugher and Raymond St. Jacques.

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