DVD - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. Much of the story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt.

Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks, c1999
ISBN: 0783231202
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama AMISTAD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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A group of Africans are illegally purchased by a Spanish slaver, but the slaves escape, murder much of the crew, and demand the survivors sail them back to Africa. Instead, the ship is captured off of the American coast. This leads to a difficult choice about what to do with the slaves: are they ... Read More »

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Sep 21, 2014
  • frishta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great "good against evil" movie.

Aug 10, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Aug 03, 2014
  • xod_s rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Something important to note:this movie is better described as a period legal drama than a depiction of the harrowing suffering of enslavement like "12 years a slave" was (although there are scenes of what happened to Cinque,Djimon Housou's charater after being captured).

Before knowing about this I didn't know that Djimon Housou had been working in the mid-90's nor that HBO released movie productions back then. Anthony Hopkins as a teensy bit curmudgeonly John Quincy Adams does a compelling monologue delivery around the end.

It interesting to see that (being based on real life events) ,some ppl thought it was worth getting involved into a deep rooted legal battle for lives of enthralled Mende tribe ppl,in the early 1800's .U.S. before the American civil war made sure that slavery never had anymore legal clearance.

May 24, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.


Feb 02, 2014
  • marvelboy888 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Rare for Spielberg, Amistad somehow manages to be completely unengaging in almost every way possible. Nothing in his direction indicates he every really had a coherent idea of what the visual style of this story was meant to be, using different evocative lighting scene by scene and failing to craft a coherent visual style. The actors feel compulsory in indicating the film's hackneyed message (slaves are people too!) rather than being allowed to create characters. An Oscar-nominated Anthony Hopkins is a total ham as John Quincy Adams. It all just feels like Spielberg lost interest about three days into shooting, and was left with nice costumes, sets, and even an interesting John Williams score but little passion.

Jan 19, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Directed by Spielberg, this is an excellent movie of a mutiny on board and it's trial. Great performances by Djimon Hounsou, M. McConaughey and of course the great Anthony Hopkins. Very good!

Mar 26, 2013
  • kontikki rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very powerful movie, can't believe EPL has only 1 copy of this though.

May 15, 2012
  • (Staff) Elaine Bird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Facinating slice of history. Worth watching for the excellent portrayal of some very interesting characters.

May 07, 2010
  • nan56 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Powerful story. Marvelous cast. Get the kleenex out. Tragic yet remarkable, more so because it is true.

Mar 04, 2010
  • mtayal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie but intial part is difficult to handle since its not in English. The funny part is how to talk to person who don't understand your language.

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