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Amazing Grace
Aretha Franklin and Reverand James Cleveland




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In this documentary, Aretha Franklin performs with the choir at Watts' New Bethel Baptist Church in January 1972 while recording her live best-selling gospel album "Amazing Grace." In attendance are Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin's family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her. Directed by Sydney Pollack and finished by Alan Elliott.

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Overview

In this documentary, Aretha Franklin performs with the choir at Watts' New Bethel Baptist Church in January 1972 while recording her live best-selling gospel album "Amazing Grace." In attendance are Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin's family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her. Directed by Sydney Pollack and finished by Alan Elliott.

Main Cast & Crew

Alan Elliott - Director
Sydney Pollack - Director
Aretha Franklin
Reverand James Cleveland
C.L. Franklin
Alexander Hamilton
Bernard Pretty Purdie
Chuck Rainey
Clara Ward

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 87
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 191329107164
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2019

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Movies > Education/General Interest

Related Keywords:
Concert
Documentary
Music (General)
Singers
Musicians
African Americans
Soul Music

 

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Reviews:
"[I]t does contain moments of bliss: As astonishing as the sound of Franklin's singing in 1972 remains, watching her do it is even better." - 11/12/2019 Hollywood Reporter


"AMAZING GRACE can stand as an essential filmed record of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest gospel performances you’ll ever see." - 11/13/2018 Variety


4 stars out of 4 -- " This film is a powerful love letter to the Black Church, offering a soul-shaking introduction for the unfamiliar and a grandmotherly yank of the arm for those who know -- it drags you from the theater straight into the pews." - 04/05/2019 RogerEbert.com


5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] concert film to rank with the best, including Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST WALTZ and Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE." - 04/02/2019 Rolling Stone


"Franklin’s performance inspires awe because it’s stripped down to the bare essentials and yet still possesses a divine scope." - 04/04/2019 A.V. Club


4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] movie captures both the hive of musical activity and fervour or religious ecstasy that thronged through that church all those years ago." - 05/12/2019 The Guardian


"Grace’s fly-on-the-wall intimacy doesn’t just capture the Queen at the peak of her powers; it feels as close as any artist gets to God." - 06/07/2019 Entertainment Weekly


"AMAZING GRACE simply chronicles two incredible concerts, as Franklin, Cleveland, the choir and the congregants seek fellowship and find transport and transcendence.” - 12/31/2019 Washington Post

 

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