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Amistad

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Spielberg's latest film is a historical courtroom drama. Back in 1839, a group of West Africans on their way to slavery in America, managed to revolt and seize control of the ship (La Amistad). However, instead of going back to Africa, the remaining sailors took them to America, where they were arrested for murder and piracy.

The film then becomes a courtroom drama which examines the complex moral issues surrounding the case. This produces some long speeches condemning slavery. The performances have generally been praised, although the film is unlikely to appeal to Spielberg's usual target market.


152 minutes.
Drama

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Credits
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, and quite a few others.
Director
Steven Spielberg
ScreenplayDavid H. Franzoni, Steven Zaillian, from the book by William Owens
MusicJohn Williams
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1997
Produced byDreamWorks SKG, Home Box Office

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson10
Cape TimesAngelo Fick10
The StarDarryl Accone12
Die BurgerGabriël Botma10
Sunday TimesWilliam Pretorius5
RapportBarrie Hough14
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge18
TV2 Leon at the MoviesLeon van Nierop14
SAFM SundayAlan Swerdlow12
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Tom Lyons5
Box Office (USA)Wade Major13
Film Review (UK)Anwar Brett15
IMDB582 Netizens16
Average .. 59%12
Visitor Ratings
Bruce Humphrey18
Kristen Stepney 14
Zuhaizie Kadir 14
Ron Clan 20
Yong Shin 20
John Williams 20
Courtney Gardner 10
Average .. 83%17

Visitor Comments
Bruce Humphrey: Brilliant but a bit too long. Don't see this movie if you are still a racist!

Zuhaizie Kadir: I've yet to see a movie that focuses on the Africans' experiences itself.

Richard Hill: Not very good.

Ron Clan: It was not only riveting, but also an eye opener.

Yong Shin: The movie taught me about what Africans went through just to survive.


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