Ill-Gotten Gains [DVD] [1998]

Package Description: "The year is 1869. Slavery is a crime punishable by death, yet the skin trade continues, driven by unrestrined greed. Twenty-four African captives fill the tiny hull of the slave ship Argon Miss off the coast of West Africa. As the ship travesl to an unknown destination, its inhabitants begin to buckle under the daily regimen of cruelty and abuse. When an ancient spirit appears from within the wooden planks of the ship calling for release by fire, the captive men and women led by Fyah (Djimon Hounsou - Anistad, E.R.) are driven toward escape through bloody uprising. Shot on location oin Cameroon and also starring Akosua Busia (The Color Purple, Rosewood), Ill-Gotten Gains was written two years before spielberg's Amistad, and is a chilling portrait of the spirit of rebellion."

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    Ill-Gotten Gains
    A kidnapped African fights for his life rather than allowing himself to be sold into slavery in this historical drama. In 1869, slavery is outlawed in America as well as most of the world, but that doesn't stop certain unscrupulous traders from trafficking in human beings to an underground market in the U.S. As the ship Argon Miss begins to enter British waters, 24 kidnapped African natives are held in chains below the decks, with another 60 soon to be delivered. As the captives ponder their fate, they are visited by an ancient spirit (voice of Eartha Kitt) that has been trapped within the planks used to build the ship. The spirit urges the slaves to escape to freedom while the African coastline is still within reach. One of the slaves, Fyah (Djimon Hounsou), is so moved that he breaks free from his shackles and leads his fellow captives in an effort to take over the ship and sail home. Blending an accurate historical recreation of period slave ships with dialogue that incorporates modern-day slang, Ill-Gotten Gains was shot on the same ship used in Steven Spielberg's drama about a slave uprising, Amistad, and features the same leading actor, Djimon Hounsou, though Ill-Gotten Gains was filmed several months before Spielberg's picture. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Djimon Hounsou
      Djimon Hounsou - Fyah
    • Akosua Busia
      Akosua Busia - Fey
    • De'Aundre Bonds
      De'Aundre Bonds - Pop
    • Eartha Kitt
      Eartha Kitt - The Wood
    • Reg E. Cathey
      Reg E. Cathey - Nassor

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