Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
Robert Gould Shaw, the son of wealthy Boston abolitionists, was 23 years old when he enlisted to fight in the War Between the States. He wrote home regularly, telling his parents of life in the gathering Army of the Potomac. / These letters are ...
Colonel Robert G. Shaw: ...
Several extracts from Colonel Shaw's letters to his mother, as heard in voice-over narration throughout the film, were actually taken from "Army Life in a Black Regiment," an 1870 book by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who commanded the 1st South Carolina Regiment during the Civil War.
The newly released Region 2 edition dvd contains two deleted scenes.
$63,661 17 December 1989