Amistad

Amistad

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey

     
 

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This Steven Spielberg-directed exploration into a long-ago episode in African-American history recounts the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and captures the complex political maneuverings set in motion by the event. Filmed in New England and Puerto Rico, the 152-minute drama opens with a pre-credit sequence showing Cinque… See more details below

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This Steven Spielberg-directed exploration into a long-ago episode in African-American history recounts the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and captures the complex political maneuverings set in motion by the event. Filmed in New England and Puerto Rico, the 152-minute drama opens with a pre-credit sequence showing Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) and the other Africans in a violent takeover of the Amistad. Captured, they are imprisoned in New England where former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman), viewing the rebels as "freedom fighters," approaches property lawyer Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), who attempts to prove the Africans were "stolen goods" because they were kidnapped. Running for re-election, President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) overturns the lower court's decision in favor of the Africans. Former President John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) is reluctant to become involved, but when the case moves on to the Supreme Court, Adams stirs emotions with a powerful defense. The storyline occasionally cuts away to Spain where the young Queen Isabella (Anna Paquin) plays with dolls; she later debated the Amistad case with seven U.S. presidents. The character portrayed by Morgan Freeman is a fictional composite of several historical figures. For authentic speech, the Africans speak the Mende language, subtitled during some scenes but not others.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
UPC:
0096898365536
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Dreamworks Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Theodore Joadson
Anthony Hopkins John Quincy Adams
Matthew McConaughey Baldwin
Nigel Hawthorne Martin Van Buren
Djimon Hounsou Cinque
David Paymer Secretary Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård Tappan
Anna Paquin Queen Isabella
Tomas Milian Calderon
Austin Pendleton Professor Gibbs
Jeremy Northam Judge Coglin
Arliss Howard John C. Calhoun
John Ortiz Montes
Razaaq Adoti Yamba

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Luis Rosario Albert Asst. Director
Debbie Allen Producer
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Randy Cabral Special Effects
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Robert Cooper Executive Producer
Bonnie Curtis Associate Producer
Paul Deason Associate Producer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Tony Fanning Art Director
Scott Farrar Special Effects Supervisor
David H. Franzoni Screenwriter
Jeff Frink Special Effects
George Lee Set Decoration/Design
Sean Hobin Asst. Director
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Robert C. Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
José Alfredo Jiménez Casting
Priscilla John Casting
Eric Jones Asst. Director
Vicente Juarbe Asst. Director
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
George R. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Tere Lopez Casting
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Tito Otero Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Puerto Rico Production Manager
Ed Ricci Special Effects
Pete Romano Camera Operator
Nannette Rosa-Collazo Production Manager
Tom Ryba Special Effects
Tim Shriver Co-producer
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Carl Sprague Set Decoration/Design
Denis L. Stewart Asst. Director
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Victoria Thomas Casting
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Colin Wilson Producer

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