DVD Amazing Grace [DVD] [] [2007] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 1140019),
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Amazing Grace [DVD] [] [2007] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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    • Rating - for thematic material involving slavery and some mild language.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2244493

  • Credits
    Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Swift, Robert Roy Collins, Nicholas Day, Georgie Glen, Toby Jones, David Hunt
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he fun of the movie comes from the political intrigue among a very diverse group of politicians duking it out in Parliament."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "It has been confidently directed by Michael Apted, who invest Wilberforce's fight with a strong sense of conviction..."
    New York Times

    "AMAZING GRACE ostensibly represents Michael Apted's re-engagement with serious dramatic film-making....Solid period drama."
    Sight and Sound

    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."
    Ultimate DVD

    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..."
    Empire

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