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Amistad [DVD] [Widescreen]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Based on actual events in 1838, AMISTAD is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes of returning back to their homeland. After the slaves are caught and imprisoned, their leader, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), unable to understand the language or court system of America, tries to communicate his desire to return home to his defense lawyer, Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), and former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman). The men plead for help with their groundbreaking court case from former president John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins). Steven Spielberg directed this moving film, using as a reference the book by William A. Owens, BLACK MUTINY: THE REVOLT ON THE SCHOONER AMISTAD. The Africans in the movie speak Mende, with subtitles added. West African actor Djimon Hounsou had to learn to speak the language for his role--and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Spielberg shot the film at the State House in Providence, Rhode Island, the seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, and other New England locations.
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    • Rating - For some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 84162

  • Credits
    Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Hopkines, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgaard, Stellan Skarsgard, Razaaq Adoti, Abu Bakaar Fofanah, Anna Paquin, Tomas Milian, Chjwetel Ejiofor, Derrick N. Ashong, Geno Silva, John Ortiz, Ralph Brown, Darren E. Burrows, Darren Burrows, Allan Rich, Paul Guilfoyle, Peter Firth, Xander Berkeley, Jeremy Northam, Arliss Howard, Willie Amakye, Luc Assogba, Mariah Campbell, S
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...It has excellent cinematography....Djimon Hounsou gives the film a strong visual focus as he radiates extraordinary presence and fury..."
    New York Times

    "...A monumentally impressive achievement and further proof of Spielberg's ongoing maturation as an artist..."
    Box Office

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