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Amazing Grace (2007)

Ioan Gruffudd , Albert Finney , Michael Apted  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Steven Knight
  • Producers: David Hunt, Duncan Reid, Edward R. Pressman, James Clayton, Jeanney Kim
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (529 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

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300 of 305 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing battle to end the English Slave Trade April 6, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
Anyone who has seen AMISTAD or ROOTS needs to see the Michael Apted directed AMAZING GRACE which predates and fills in so much of the political and humanistic tug of war that existed concerning the awful dirty business of the African Slave Trade.Hollywood could not have conjectured a more true film than the actual true and inspiring life of William Wilberforce,a revered heroic figure in England,who,with the help of other abolitionists and political sympathizers,takes on the English Parliament and wins legislation to finally end the Slave Trade in 1807.This movie is SO significant because it is this piece of history that leads other European nations to follow suit in subsequent years and eventually to abolish the trade worldwide.Michael Apted has skillfully rescued this story from being another biopic,and has turned it into a sweeping epic that rings historically true.
No finer actor could have been chosen to play Wilberforce than the Emmy Award winning Welsh marvel Ioan Gruffudd,pronounced YO-an Griffith( HORATIO HORNBLOWER,SOLOMON AND GAENOR,VERY ANNIE MARY).Gruffudd positively understands the heart and soul of Wilberforce,and delivers a tender yet dynamic knockout performance of this absolutely giant among men whose inner convictions and powerful and persuasive rhetoric eventually win over Parliament in a nearly twenty year life-and-death struggle.
This film brings tremendously true and historical understanding of the political machine that was (and frankly still is) in place from 1785 to 1807.Historical figures argue and debate their opposing views while the lives of millions of innocent Africans and the fortunes and supremacies of national pride hang in the balance.The film moves swiftly and is not preachy or at all heavyhanded in any direction.
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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING, POWERFUL FILM! April 14, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
"Amazing Grace" is an exceptional film that chronicles the amazing true story of William Wilberforce, the man who spent twenty years in the British Parliament fighting to end one of mankind's greatest injustices: the slave trade. The film features powerful performances by an outstanding cast, including Ioan Gruffudd ("Fantastic Four," "King Arthur," TV's "Horatio Hornblower") as Wilberforce, whose faith and courage drove his fight for social justice. Albert Finney gives an amazing performance as John Newton, the former slave-ship captain turned pastor, and writer of the beloved hymn "Amazing Grace." Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Youssou N'Dour, Rufus Sewell, and Nicholas Farrell give outstanding supporting performances.
The rest of the crew does a fantastic job of bringing the world of 18th/19th Century Britain to life. "Amazing Grace" is an amazing film that shows how men of faith can truly help change the world. Amazing Grace, indeed!
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely AMAZING movie! October 12, 2007
I've long been a fan of William Wilberforce - a man that God used greatly for a great cause: the abolition of slavery and the reformation of manners into the English society. Working at a private Christian school, I often refer to Wilberforce as an example to our students of what God can do with one man wholly committed to Him. In fact, I took sixteen of our students to see the movie when it was released and it had a very profound impact on their lives and thinking -- they saw with their own eyes the struggle of Wilberforce's life, the great cause to which he gave himself fully, and the great joy that comes from a life given in service to the King of Kings.

While I strongly recommend that all Christians watch this movie, parents I'll warn you that the issue of slavery isn't easy to watch or understand at a young age -- I would recommend this movie to middle school students and older, but probably not elementary-aged students.

There are some wonderful resources that you can get to accompany this movie for family discussions and devotions. While most of the Wilberforce books are lengthy, but excellent, let me tell you about a few lesser-known gems. First, John Piper has a great little 76 page book titled Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce -- great read. This same material is actually found in another book by Piper that is simply outstanding -- it is the third book in a series by Piper to reintroduce our generation to some of the great saints of the faith -- Book Three is titled The Roots of Endurance and examines the lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce.
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but accurate? December 1, 2007
I enjoyed the movie. The historical sets were great. The acting was very good. The dialogs had a ring of truth. The love story, although it was a minor part of the movie, was done well. The story needed to be told and the movie told it well. One of the bad points was the movie jumped around in Wilberforce's life quite a bit. Following the time shifts was confusing at times. As the movie went along, the plot was easier to follow.

I read a short biography of Wilberforce and I heard a talk on Newton. I can't claim any expertise on these men, but what little I know of them made me question the movie's historical accuracy. Newton had a congregation. He was not a hermit mopping up a church. He was a popular Anglican preacher. Finney did a great job in the part, but I don't think it represented Newton very well. Wouldn't a better charactorization have been a more historic portrayal of Newton who was a slave trader that became a slave of Christ by serving and preaching to all? Rather than a guilt-ridden old man?

I also wished the movie spent more time on Wilberforce's conversion and beliefs. Wilberforce was a thoughtful Christian who wrote books on what he believed. Wilberforce's stamina according to Wilberforce was his reformed faith. The movie just had him studying nature in a worshipful manner in his garden.

In summary, I liked the movie and I enjoyed it. The message needed to be told and it was told well. How England avoided a bloody civil war because of this issue and resolved the issues through a peaceful process was instructive. However, Wilberforce and Newton deserved to have a more accurate portrayal of their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a good moral movie that the whole family can watch together. I would recommend this movie to you as well.
Published 4 days ago by Tractor Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love British films, and this is no exception. Many familiar faces, all with superb acting as usual. It's a great story. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Darcyt
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've seen !!
Wish I'd heard about William Wilberforce earlier in my high school days---I would have done more research on the great hero.
Published 10 days ago by Carol A Harold
5.0 out of 5 stars movie greatness
totally awesome movie. recommended fro the whole family. I highly recommend it. people of all ages will love this movie.
Published 13 days ago by Michael W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Freely Given
Ending slavery (we're not finished yet) began in the UK before the U. S. This film is pretty much true in the history and leaves us with questions about our sad chapter. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Quelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith and Justice Prevail
When Faith and Justice Prevail over greed and prejudice. A masterpiece tail of gripping drama and human frailty with a splendid outcome.
Published 24 days ago by Pilgrim Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must see movie!
One of the best movies ever. A must see. Just purchased two additional copies as gifts. Treat yourself. You won't be sorry.
Published 28 days ago by Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
A great movie! Very well made & excellent cast
This was movie that I've been wanting to see & am so glad I found it on Amazon.
Published 29 days ago by sara esteban
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Awesome movie its a great history lesson that I think everybody should know about. I would really recommend this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy...!
Just what I wanted and love it. Better than I expected and enjoyed it. Would recommend it to you anytime.
Published 1 month ago by Stanley Joseph
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