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Amazing Grace
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  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Year: 2007
Audio
English: Dolby Surround 5.1
Subtitles:
English / Subtitled

Synopsis

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.

Disc Information

**Widescreen Feature
**Audio Commentary - Michael Apted and Ioan Gruffudd
**How Sweet the Sound: The Making of Amazing Grace
**Freedom Center
**Music Video - Chris Tomlin

Cast & Crew

Ioan Gruffudd ... William Wilberforce
Romola Garai ... Barbara Spooner
Benedict Cumberbatch ... William Pitt
Albert Finney ... John Newton
Michael Gambon ... Lord Charles Fox
Rufus Sewell ... Thomas Clarkson
Youssou N'Dour ... Olaudah Equiano

Reviews

David Denby New Yorker | February 26, 2007

As square as this movie is, it has been made with eloquence and jaunty high spirits, and it tells a good story that is virtually unknown here.

Manohla Dargis New York Times | February 23, 2007

Amazing Grace, a prettified take on the life and times of the 18th-century reformer William Wilberforce, carries a strong whiff of piety. It isn't a bad smell; there are notes of roses and treacle in the mix, but also elements of sweat and pain.

Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle | February 23, 2007

A detailed, affecting biography of one of the great souls who moved humanity forward.

Kyle Smith New York Post | February 23, 2007

Amazing Grace isn't quite an accurate title for this entertaining history lesson, but no one will ever write a song titled 'Amazing 20-Year Period of Parliamentary Maneuvering to End Britain's Role in the Slave Trade.'

Jack Mathews New York Daily News | February 23, 2007

Michael Apted's compelling and highly informative Amazing Grace is an apt celebration of America's Black History Month, even though its story takes place in England.

Tom Long Detroit News | February 23, 2007

Amazing Grace is the stuff of great lessons and inspiration and hope, and if it's all delivered with a bit too much moral push, well, moral push apparently was what William Wilberforce was all about. There's another word for such dweebs: Heroes.

Terry Lawson Detroit Free Press | February 23, 2007

Director Michael Apted has turned out a movie that might be best described as faithful, both in its attention to accuracy and in its acknowledgement of the role faith played in righting one of the great social wrongs.

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