Amazing Grace [DVD] [2006]

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Michael Apted and actor Ioan Gruffudd
  • How Street the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace featurette
  • Chris Tomlin music video
  • Finding Freedom: a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Interactive discussion tools and study guides

Synopsis

Amazing Grace
One man's role in the long battle to outlaw slavery in the United Kingdom sets the stage for this historical drama from director Michael Apted. In 1784, 21-year-old William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) was elected to the British House of Commons, and soon established himself as a politician with a conscience. Several years later, his close friend William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch) became prime minister, and together they made a bold plan to introduce a bill banning slavery before the English legislature. Wilberforce was aided by anti-slavery activists Olaudah Equiano (Youssou N'Dour) and Thomas Clarkson (Rufus Sewell); however, pro-slavery hard-liners Lord Tarleton (Ciarán Hinds) and the Duke of Clarence (Toby Jones) spearheaded a hard-fought opposition to the legislation, and despite Wilberforce's best efforts, his bill went down in defeat. In 1797, Wilberforce left politics due to poor health and a battered spirit; staying at the country home of his friends Henry and Marianne Thornton (Nicholas Farrell and Sylvestra Le Touzel), he became acquainted with Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai), a beautiful woman with progressive views. Spooner became deeply infatuated with Wilberforce, and she encouraged him not to give up on his noble goals; with her help, Wilberforce launched a second campaign to persuade England's lawmakers to end the slave trade. Amazing Grace made its North American premiere as the closing-night gala attraction at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ioan Gruffudd
    Ioan Gruffudd - William Wilberforce
  • Romola Garai
    Romola Garai - Barbara Spooner
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
    Benedict Cumberbatch - William Pitt
  • Albert Finney
    Albert Finney - John Newton
  • Michael Gambon
    Michael Gambon - Lord Charles Fox

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