'Django Unchained' isn't the only film about American slavery, but it's close

Glory

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GLORY (1989)
Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for his gripping performance as a headstrong escaped slave who signs up to the first African-American army regiment to fight in the Civil War. He’s joined by fellow acting heavyweights Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher, and long stretches of the film focus on their stories and struggles. But the film is ultimately seen through the eyes of their white commander, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), whose real-life letters served as the basis for the screenplay.

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