Amistad

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Released 1997

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Director:
Steven Spielberg
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Amistad is the 1997 historical slavery epic directed by master filmmaker Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and based on the true story of bravery in the face of unspeakable hardship. A Spanish slave ship is captured off the coast of New England, carrying a group of slaves who, led by the stoic Cinque (Djimon Hounsou, Deep Rising, Gladiator), revolted against their captors and took over piloting of the ship, hoping to somehow return to their African homeland. Several parties are claiming that the slaves are their 'property' and are doing any and everything they can to obtain ownership of them, but it is ne'er do well livestock case attorney Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey, Contact, Dazed and Confused, A Time to Kill), working for abolitionists Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman, Seven) and Tappan (Stellan Skarsgaard, Deep Blue Sea), who believes he holds the key to proving the Africans are in fact illegally acquired slaves who deserve their shot at freedom.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Dwarfed by the enormity of what it means to illustrate, the diffuse Amistad divides its energies among many concerns: the pain and strangeness of the captives' experience, the Pres...

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Aiming to instruct as well as entertain --- and often struggling to reconcile these two divergent goals.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What saved "Schindler's List" from this self-conscious nobility was the ambiguity of Oskar Schindler's personality and Spielberg's willingness to treat incendiary material coolly. ...

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Historical, social issues, moral dilemmas, prisoners of war, public figures