Director:   Edward Zwick
Year:   1989
Language:   English
Time:   122 minutes

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was one of the first African-American units formed for combat in the American Civil War. This film tells the story of its recruitment, training and combat engagements from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's white commanding officer.

Rated R for violence.

This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence program. Discussion led by Ranger John Rudy (Harpers Ferry, Storer College).


Other background on the film.

About the director Edward Zwick.

About the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.

A selection of reviews of the film.

About the 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, Charles Frazier.