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Amazing Grace
- Ioan Gruffudd

Overview - Michael Apted, whose claim to fame till now has been the respected 7 UP documentary series, directs this lavish costume drama whose heart is as big as its budget. Though a marked departure, Apted's idealistic interests are well served by the story, which is based on the true tale of the 18th-century British politician William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd, who played Horatio Hornblower in the HORNBLOWER series).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Michael Apted, whose claim to fame till now has been the respected 7 UP documentary series, directs this lavish costume drama whose heart is as big as its budget. Though a marked departure, Apted's idealistic interests are well served by the story, which is based on the true tale of the 18th-century British politician William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd, who played Horatio Hornblower in the HORNBLOWER series). Though as a young man Wilberforce is torn between politics and the church, he is inspired to action by John Newton (Albert Finney), a penitent monk who is haunted by his past as a slave-ship captain. Wilberforce makes it his mission to end slavery in the British Empire, and, aided by a small band of radical thinkers and unlikely supporters, he annually presents a bill for abolition to Parliament. When the war with France generates a patriotism in the people that makes opposition to slavery seem seditious, Wilberforce becomes disillusioned, and he retires to his cousin's (Nicholas Farrell) house, physically ill and emotionally destroyed by his perceived failure. When he meets the beautiful and righteous Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai, AS YOU LIKE IT), however, he gains new determination to pursue his dream of abolition. The talented cast includes Michael Gambon as Lord Fox, an old gent who turns out to be more lucid than anyone would have guessed, as well as Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour as Oloudaqh Equiano, a regal former slave turned activist. Terrence Malick (BADLANDS), who produced the film, leaves his mark in the stunning visuals.

Cast List

Michael Apted - British Director/Producer
Terrence Malick - Director/Screenwriter/Producer
Terry Malick - Director/Screenwriter/Producer
David Hunt - Star, began in late '80s, JADE (1995)
Toby Jones - Actor, INFAMOUS (2006)
Jeremy Swift
Steven Knight - Screenwriter, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
Steve Knight - Screenwriter, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
Albert Finney - Oscar winning actor
Ioan Gruffudd
Nicholas Day
Ciaran Hinds - Actor
Ken Wales - Producer
Robert Roy Collins - Actor, AMAZING GRACE, (2007)
Rufus Sewell - Actor, A KNIGHT'S TALE
Benedict Cumberbatch - Star, AMAZING GRACE (2007)
David Arnold - Composer/"Stargate"
Patricia Heaton - Actress, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Michael Gambon - Irish Stage/Film Actor - A Dry White Season/Sleepy Hollow
Romola Garai - Actor, I CAPTURE THE CASTLE (2003)
Georgie Glen

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543444930
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (for thematic material involving slavery and some mild language.)
  • Release Date: August 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Slavery
Thriller
True Story
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Theatrical Release: February 23, 2007 (Limited)

Reviews:
"[T]he fun of the movie comes from the political intrigue among a very diverse group of politicians duking it out in Parliament." - 01/01/2007 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.98


"It has been confidently directed by Michael Apted, who invest Wilberforce's fight with a strong sense of conviction..." - 02/23/2007 New York Times, p.E10


"AMAZING GRACE ostensibly represents Michael Apted's re-engagement with serious dramatic film-making....Solid period drama." - 03/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.45


3 stars out of 5 -- "This is an instantly accessible film that never allows melodrama to belittle the powerful story that lies at its core." - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.127


3 stars out of 5 -- "Michael Apted's film intrigues both an an intimate character study of William Wilberforce and in highlighting a cause that resulted in a sea change..." - 09/01/2007 Empire, p.144

 
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