Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

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Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch

     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
UPC:
0024543444930
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
270

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ioan Gruffudd William Wilberforce
Romola Garai Barbara Spooner
Benedict Cumberbatch William Pitt
Albert Finney John Newton
Michael Gambon Lord Charles Fox
Rufus Sewell Thomas Clarkson
Youssou N'Dour Olaudah Equiano
Ciarán Hinds Lord Tarleton
Toby Jones Duke Of Clarence
Nicholas Farrell Henry Thornton
Sylvestra Le Touzel Marianne Thornton
Jeremy Swift Richard the Butler
Stephen Campbell Moore James Stephen
Bill Paterson Lord Dundas
Nicholas Day Sir William Dolben
Georgie Glen Hannah Moore
Nicholas Woodeson Harrison
Tom Fisher John Ramsey
Richard Ridings Speaker of the House
David Hunt Lord Camden
David Toole Beggar
Alex Blake Heckler
Angie Wallis Marhorie
Harry Audley Edward Hope (Quaker)
Chris Barnes Michael Shaw (Qauker)
Tom Knight Physician
Andrew Whipp MP 1
Andrew Neil MP 2
Estelle Morgan Maid
Philip Dunbar Camber
Adam Woodroffe Parliamentary Clerk
Joseph Traynor Newton's Secretary
Simon Delaney Young Parliamentary Officer
Neville Phillips Old Parliamentary Official
Eki Maria Young African Woman
Daniel Naprous Delivery Coach Driver
Peter White Delivery Assistant
Nicolas Dodd Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
David Arnold Score Composer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Bream Art Director
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects Supervisor
James Clayton Executive Producer
Sharon Colley Makeup
Mark Cooper Co-producer
Simon Finney Camera Operator
Geoff Foster Sound Mixer
David Giammarco Sound Mixer
Mandy Gold Makeup
Nina Gold Casting
Jon Henry Gordon Makeup
Patricia Heaton Producer
Susan Howard Makeup
David Hunt Producer
Drew Jones Executive Producer
Julie Kendrick Makeup
Jeanney Kim Executive Producer
Steven Knight Screenwriter
Steve Knight Screenwriter
Katie Lee Makeup
Lindsay Fellows Musical Direction/Supervision
Terrence Malick Producer
Paul Massey Sound Mixer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Rick Shaine Editor
Loulia Sheppard Makeup
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Ken Wales Producer
Ben Fox Wilson Camera Operator
Charles Wood Production Designer
David Worley Camera Operator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amazing Grace
1. England, 1797 (Main Titles) [5:57]
2. Entirely Unmarried [3:57]
3. Yorkshire Terrier [2:35]
4. Raising the Stakes [5:42]
5. Planning the Impossible [6:10]
6. With His Own Eyes [6:03]
7. 20,000 Ghosts [5:40]
8. Chosen [2:48]
9. Something to Disagree On [5:35]
10. A Day Like No Other [2:41]
11. First Step [7:02]
12. Smell of Death [6:29]
13. Voice of the People [3:59]
14. Two Pistols [6:15]
15. Out of the Bottle [3:33]
16. Different Times [5:08]
17. After Night Comes Day [2:24]
18. But Now I'm Found [3:46]
19. Confession [2:27]
20. A New Strategy [1:30]
21. Blindsided [3:57]
22. An Open Door [6:49]
23. It Is No More [3:58]
24. The Pipers/End Titles [6:24]

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