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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: Multiple Formats, 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (577 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VNMMQG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,074 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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307 of 312 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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111 of 114 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
Format:DVD
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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99 of 111 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but accurate? December 1, 2007
Format:DVD
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 Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 1 day ago by Sean Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 6 days ago by Tammy Carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars horrible but
history is facinating to me and this showed slavery that I didn't know about...horrible but true
Published 7 days ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great, mostly-overlooked movie that any historical drama buff should enjoy. Well played, well-written.
Published 8 days ago by Dainelle Kinsel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Powerful and moving.
Published 9 days ago by John OC NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excelente movie! Bring a little bit of reflection to our lives...
Published 11 days ago by Eliasibe
5.0 out of 5 stars and it is very sad that the thinking by men of that era was ...
Truth be told about the slave industry... and it is very sad that the thinking by men of that era was that without the livelihood of a slave industry, which was and is totally... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Handmaiden
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed it
Published 12 days ago by D. Mallory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this highminded, historically accurate movie....so well written and very entertaining!
Published 15 days ago by CBT
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie gave us a good idea of the man and his challenges to the...
Only knowing the barest facts about William Wilberforce, this movie gave us a good idea of the man and his challenges to the slave trade. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Colorado&Beyond
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