AMISTAD (Theatrical Release USA 1997)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Stars ìììì

Amistad, based loosely on the true story of a slave mutiny aboard the 1839 slave ship, Amistad, takes us into the courtroom as 50 captured African slaves fight for their freedom and right to return to Africa. The incident involves the United States Supreme Court as well as President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne). It’s a true-to-form Stephen Spielberg classic about greed, power, and evil being thwarted by the few just individuals who fight for right. The tale is told through the eyes of Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), the leader of the African ship revolt.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Steven Spielberg. Thank you to Executive Producers Laurie McDonald and Walter Parkes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman), Mr. Tappan (Stellen Skarsgård), John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins), Secretary John Forsyth (David Paymer), Holabird (Pete Postlethwaite), and Yamba (Razaaq Adoti).

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