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


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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20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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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Amazing Grace 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Lisa57 More than 1 year ago
So great! Well done movie and appropriate for all to watch. No trash in it. I loved learning a bit about the history of this great song. But mostly the great bravery of those in England who ended slavery there without a war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a magnificent story! The little-known story of William Wilberforce and the fight to end slavery in Great Britain despite the forces against such a political move. Inspiring to see how God can use someone within the political arena to effect change. The acting, costumes, sets/sceneery were as magnificent as the story. Viewing it is time well spent!
JayBeeX27 More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's really fantastic. William Wilberforce is, sadly, one of the world's unsung heros. This movie portrays his epic legacy in a wonderfully realistic manner and reminds the world that one man really can change the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title would have you believe it is about the origins of the song. It is really about William Wilberforce and his fight to end the slaving ships in England. Great historical movie
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie tells an amazing story in a straightforward manner and clarifies much history that I was unaware of. The actors, scenery and script are all compelling enough to watch several times over to make sure you don't miss anything. We are using it for our Sunday School lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie to learn about abolition of the slave trade by England - and love the Chris Tomlin version of John Newton's "Amazing Grace" song which he did for this production.
Hogie More than 1 year ago
Wonderful film about a little known hero - one of the greatest men in modern history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing Grace the movie is truly an amazing movie. It clearly talks about the slave trade and the horrors of it. It is an outstanding movie also because it is very true to history and people's inner feelings at the hard time in England's history when the people were gaining more of a voice than they ever had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing Grace was so incredible! There was so much history in it. They did a great job on showing hoiw the slave trade was wrong and the hardships people went through to put it to an end. I think children 5-6 years of age might not understand some parts of it. It is a great family movie!
JesusButterfly More than 1 year ago
An amazing re-telling of the telling of William Wilberforce's battle to abolish the slave trade. Thrilling and stimulating Amazing Grace is a wonderful film for the entire family.
Threegirlsandaboy More than 1 year ago
Hat's off to the collaborter's of this film. You have captured a page from history like no other. A page that more than likely we would have never been seen. You are gripped with emotion from the beginning by Wilburforce's convictions, calling and compassion. The ongoing love affair between him and his Savior is unmatched. The understanding he has for the purpose for life and serving something greater than himself is contagious. Wilburforce understood the authority in his life and as a politician that is huge. Especially in our political areana today where moral decay is so prevelant. He was more concerned about fulfilling God's calling than what public opinion said. The film maker's captured England in the truest sense of the word. The cinematography was artfully done, the costumes were beautifully created for the period and the acting....perfect! All in all, a true find and I am better for it. I believe this would be a great educational tool!
clemmy More than 1 year ago
Don't worry, I've checked the accuracy. Pretty good for a movie, although they don't really explain things too well. You can tell from seeing the movie that there's way more to Wilber's story, and there is. Read the Metaxas bio and get everything you ever want to know about him. He really was an amazing guy, and this movie is a good testament to him. The movie downplays religion's role in his fervor and decisions, so any Christian (like myself) would really want to read the bio to get the full scope of his devotion to God (the link is below). He did so much that you can't fit nearly enough of his very large portrait into a two hour film. It would have made a wonderful mini-series. This is the kind of movie you can watch over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film is great at depicting the story of William Wilberforce and his abolutionist fight to free slaves of England. It relays the story of a great historical person who did many great things to change the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most compelling movies I've seen in quiet sometime. First seen when it came to local theater. Appreciated William Wilberforce's determination to follow his heart and convictions over 25 years of his life to bring down the slave trade in Britian. The title, Amazing Grace, is applicable to this film. Wilberforce was not a well man, he battled with fatigue and illness but inspite of his health, he perservered in his fight with Parliament to see a law passed that would abolish the slave trade. Moving, compassion, full of action, love for fellow men no matter their color, to make right the injustice that had plagued the slaves for so many years. This is a movie to be viewed over and over again, thus had to add to my library of home videos.
JakesmomRC More than 1 year ago
This film delineates in moving fashion the struggles of Abolitionists in England to not only end the slave trade, but to outlaw slavery itself. William Wilberforce gave his heart, mind, and soul to accomplish recognition of the humanity of all persons. The actors portraying Wilberforce, his wife, his friend Pitt, and other key players are uniformly well chosen and skilled at shading the most dramatic moments, not with histrionics but genuine emotion. So many us are familiar with "Amazing Grace" (which was not written by Wilberforce). This beloved piece is given fresh meaning after viewing this film. We are reminded that change for the common good may require great personal sacrifice and dedication. In today's atmosphere of instant opinions, hate-filled rhetoric, and dismissal of the rights of those who are not of the same color/culture, we would do well to honor the memories of Wilberforce and his compatriots. We would do well to strive to emulate their fight for justice-a struggle still very relevant in our day.
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