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Amistad

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: Amistad
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: DreamWorks Pictures presents in association with HBO Pictures
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1997
For specific features see interactive menu
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0783231202
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama AMISTAD
Credits: Produced by Steven Spielberg, Debbie Allen, Colin Wilson ; written by David Franzoni ; directed by Steven Spielberg.
Performers: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard.
System Details: DVD format
Subject Headings: Amistad (Schooner) Drama Slave insurrections United States Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Slave insurrections
Publisher No: 84162 DreamWorks
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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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May 24, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

preachy

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
  • Birdy007 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.

Jan 18, 2010
  • cyan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent movie - depicts the horrors of slavery and the trial that they were forced to go through when the slaves aboard the Amistad were charged with mutiny.

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