Films based on actual incidents are often rife with mistakes, as Wikipedia-educated experts are quick to point out.

However, these films can also shine welcome light on overlooked real-life heroes. One example is “Glory,” the 1989 Edward Zwick film about the first African American regiment to serve in the American Civil War and prove that Black soldiers could fight valiantly, confounding the era’s racists. The film contained inaccuracies, but it was also sincere about wanting to enlighten its audience.

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