Amazing Grace [DVD] [2006]

  • SKU: 8289032
  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Rating: PG
$5.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

    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



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Inspiring!

      Posted
      familymom

      My husband and I saw this movie orginally in the theater and I knew right away that I would love to own it. Ioan Gruffudd's character as William Wilberforce shows all of us how persistence in the fulfillment of laws matching his beliefs can be really worth the effort, even if it means hardships along the way. Plus, it is great fun to watch the British Parliament at work - very lively and upbeat, even when arguing, they seem to be enjoying themselves. This is a truly enjoyable movie with a great moral lesson. I will be watching this movie time and time again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Truth is difficult to watch sometimes.

      Posted
      Cookie
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      This is a great movie. It is history, and everyone should watch it, so we never repeat this kind of inhuman treatment. Today we call it Human Trafficking!! When will we learn? Watch the movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing movie

      Posted
      Buttergirl
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      Well done movie about William Wilberforce who was instrumental in abolishing the slave trade in England. Emotional and deals with disturbing facts, may not be appropriate for children.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      OUTSTANDING

      Posted
      ilovejesus
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      Based on a TRUE story, love the testimony of STRENGTH, HONOR and PERSEVERANCE for truth. Well done and motivating. Definite for family and testament of one's faith too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      drako
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      This was so over the top with information about his battle to remove slavery from England. Such a great movie have told everyone about it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good history movie

      Posted
      Breezybug123
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      This movie is a eye opener to the slave trade and our American history thanks best buy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic!

      Posted
      pastrygrl
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      Fantastic movie telling the story of the origins of an amazing hymn, as well as an important milestone in history.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing true story

      Posted
      sunnygirl7
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      This movie gives you hope that sometimes goodness prevails and that cruel brutality is too often the norm.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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