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Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace


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Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: Michael Apted
Rating: PG
Features: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Running Time: 118 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Release Date: November 13, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: February 23, 2007
Studio: 20th Century Fox

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From the makers of Ray, AMAZING GRACE tells the inspiring story of William Wilberforce and his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th century. Several friends, including Wilberforce's minister, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through.
In this inspirational costume drama, Michael Apted 49 Up recounts a period in British history sure to be unfamiliar to most Americans. In fact, his eye-opening biography of 18th century abolitionist William Wilberforce Ioan Gruffudd is likely to come as a revelation to many Britons, as well. After all, despite the presence of his wife, Barbara Romola Garai, this isn't a particularly "sexy" story, but it is a powerful one. The title comes from John Newton's hymn "Amazing Grace" "I once was lost but now am found". Newton Albert Finney was a former slaveholder, who became a clergyman and spent his days repenting. While America had John Brown, England had Wilberforce, and Newton is one of many who helped the MP to abolish slavery in the UK. The story begins towards the end of Wilberforce's mission when he's sick with colitis and addicted to laudanum. Apted continues to alternate between 1797 and 1789, when Wilberforce was fitter and more idealistic, and ends in 1807 as his efforts come to fruition. Apted and writer Steven Knight Dirty Pretty Things do right by their hero. Unlike Amistad, however, slaves are largely off-screen, with the exception of author Equiano Senegalese vocalist Youssou N'Dour. Amazing Grace reserves its focus for the politicians who risked their reps for the greater good, like Wilberforce and Prime Minister Pitt an excellent Benedict Cumberbatch, and those more concerned with the income slavery provided their constituents, like Lord Tarleton CiarĂ¡n Hinds and the Duke of Clarence Toby Jones. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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