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Amistad
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Amistad 1997


From Amazon: Steven Spielberg's most simplistic, sanitized history lesson, Amistad, explores the symbolic 1840s trials of 53 West Africans following their bloody rebellion aboard a slave ship. For most of Schindler's List (and, later, Saving Private Ryan) Spielberg restrains himself from the sweeping narrative and technical flourishes that make him one of our most entertaining and manipulative directors. Here, he doesn't even bother trying, succumbing to his driving need to entertain with beautiful images and contrived emotion. He cheapens his grandiose motives and simplifies slavery, treating it as cut- and-dry genre piece....

Directed By:
Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg
Written By:
No image existsDavid Franzoni
Starring:
No image existsPaul Guilfoyle
Djimon HounsouDjimon Hounsou
Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
No image existsNigel Hawthorne
David PaymerDavid Paymer
No image existsPete Postlethwaite
No image existsStellan Skarsgard
Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
Austin PendletonAustin Pendleton
No image existsTomas Milian
Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor

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Amistad Movie Review by Movie Addict (2/16/2008)

While theatergoers in 1997 were being amazed by special effects on another ship, this magnificent story given to us by the master director Steven Spielberg gives us the true story of our country and what it means to be American.

We are not free as long as one of us is in chains. As John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) so...

(complete Amistad review by Movie Addict)


Amistad Movie Review by Jarrod (2/14/2008)

'Amistad' comes as close as any film I have seen to capturing the brutality and inhumanity of slavery, depicted in many ugly and horrifying scenes. Yet, it is primarily a legal drama, a compelling and absorbing one at that, with a masterful star-making performance from Djimon Hounsou, whose character speaks virtually no...

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Amistad Movie Review by Valerie (12/31/2006)

Steven Spielberg's Amistad is one of his underrated movies, overshadowed by his more popular material.

I consider this film an admirable achievement, not only for cinema but I think it's an important film to the human spirit, not trying to sound preachy but these are the kind of films that make you think deeply about...

(complete Amistad review by Valerie)



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