Rated R for occasional swearings.
This movie was recently mentioned on Jeopardy! Nice. We love Jeopardy. So, anyway, Ferris Bueller plays White Saviour to a bunch of courageous, black, Civil War soldiers in the Next 151 Project. And, against the odds, it really works. This remains a powerful film 30 years on, especially when the focus shifts (at least somewhat) from Matthew Broderick to Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and friends. Broderick (and the man he portrays, Colonel Shaw) might be in over his head, but that benefits the character and the movie. It’s a flicker show filled with great moments and exceptional battle scenes. Ed Zwick has directed a few underrated motion pics, but his Civil War opus is his most-meaningful accomplishment.
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For The Record: Cary Elwes’ character is a major, so calling him Shaw’s “top lieutenant” was meant as a figure of speech. Also, Washington was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1987’s Cry Freedom and one of his fellow nominees was Freeman (his nom was for Street Smart).
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1989 Academy Award winners and nominees
Oscar acceptance speeches: Denzel and Cinematography
Links to: Paths Of Glory and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Do The Right Thing and Driving Miss Daisy and Malcolm X and Legends Of The Fall and Courage Under Fire and Saving Private Ryan and Game Of Thrones
YouTube links: The horror of Antietam and the whipping of Trip and “oh my Lord Lord Lord Lord” and “if this man should fall…” and “COME ON!!!” and the 54th breaks into Fort Wagner
Previously on the Next 150 Project: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
June 3rd on the Next 152 Project: Men In Black