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Amazing Grace
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Directed By
Michael Apted

Written By:
Steven Knight

Cast:
Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Campbell Moore, Nicholas Farrell, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Georgie Glen, Ciaran Hinds, David Hunt, Toby Jones, Bill Paterson, Richard Ridings, Rufus Sewell, Jeremy Swift, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Nigel Davey, Jazz Dhiman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Nicholas Day, Nick Thomas-Webster, Alex Blake, Sean Bloc, Robert Roy Collins, Derek Hagen, Tom Knight, Alwyn Scott, Aaron Sweeney, Andrew Whipp, Adam Woodroffe, Youssou N'Dour, Richard Bailey II


 
Amazing Grace (2006)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
February 25th, 2007

There is always room for more heroes

I don't read Cal Thomas often, but I generally agree with his article the other day decrying the lack of true heroes. Blaming television for creating a nation of gawkers, he has hit on a true fact - there are not enough true heroes around.

I can imagine that thousands went to the movies this weekend to see films such as The Number 23 and Reno 911!: Miami or The Astronaut Farmer. Even IMDB.com lists Amazing Grace under "more." It is a shame that a film about a true hero gets such treatment. Amazing Grace is a film that every parent should drag their child to see, just so they know that as Margaret Mead once said:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

In Amazing Grace, the idealist William Wilberforce, and a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens maneuvered their way through Parliament in 18th century England, endeavoring to end slavery in the empire. Their story, the story of heroes, was masterfully done by Ioan Gruffudd, who children will know from Fantastic Four and "Justice League".

This is the story of passion and perserverance, of love and caring; it is the story of a true hero. The amazing thing is that there is room for many more heroes such as Wilberforce and it doesn't take magical powers, or incredible bravery, or anything that is outside the realm of everyone of us. It just takes a desire to leave the world a better place.

It is hoped that all who see Wilberforce's heroism will dig deeper and find that he devoted his whole life to making the world a better place. Many things we take for granted today would not be here were it not for this man - this hero.

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Zara
Feb 25, 2007 2:50 PM
 
I think one of the reasons why this movie wasn't heavily promoted is due to its lack of having a big named star. Plus, it's a drama. Combine those two things and you usually get a box office dud. It doesn't have any reflection on whether or not the movie is good, just not marketable. I'm going to check it out on DVD, let's hope there are more people who think like me.
Movie Addict
Feb 26, 2007 11:47 AM
 
Even big name stars can't overcome that "drama" curse. Look at The Good German and The Good Shepard, both with bankable stars, but neither was a hit.
Zara
Feb 26, 2007 1:10 PM
 
I don't know about you, but the fact that Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie were in The Good Shepard is what put me off on that movie. The only reason that I saw for watching it was that it was directed by DeNiro and I've always liked his directorial stuff. A BRONX TALE is an excellent example.

And The Good German turned me off because I'm sick of seeing Cate Blanchett in everything.



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