Ill-Gotten Gains

Overview

A kidnapped African fights for his life rather than allowing himself to be sold into slavery in this historical drama. In 1869, slavery is outlawed in America as well as most of the world, but that doesn't stop certain unscrupulous traders from trafficking in human beings to an underground market in the U.S. As the ship Argon Miss begins to enter British waters, 24 kidnapped African natives are held in chains below the decks, with another 60 soon to be delivered. As the captives ponder their fate, they are ...
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Overview

A kidnapped African fights for his life rather than allowing himself to be sold into slavery in this historical drama. In 1869, slavery is outlawed in America as well as most of the world, but that doesn't stop certain unscrupulous traders from trafficking in human beings to an underground market in the U.S. As the ship Argon Miss begins to enter British waters, 24 kidnapped African natives are held in chains below the decks, with another 60 soon to be delivered. As the captives ponder their fate, they are visited by an ancient spirit voice of Eartha Kitt that has been trapped within the planks used to build the ship. The spirit urges the slaves to escape to freedom while the African coastline is still within reach. One of the slaves, Fyah Djimon Hounsou, is so moved that he breaks free from his shackles and leads his fellow captives in an effort to take over the ship and sail home. Blending an accurate historical recreation of period slave ships with dialogue that incorporates modern-day slang, Ill-Gotten Gains was shot on the same ship used in Steven Spielberg's drama about a slave uprising, Amistad, and features the same leading actor, Djimon Hounsou, though Ill-Gotten Gains was filmed several months before Spielberg's picture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • UPC: 000799407134
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Xenon
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Djimon Hounsou Fyah
Akosua Busia Fey
De'Aundre Bonds Pop
Eartha Kitt Voice Only
Reg E. Cathey Nassor
Tom Fitzgerald Jeremiah
Mario Gardner Barc
Clabe Hartley Skinner
Jamillah Nicole Fa
Tom Taglang Capt. Cowlie
Tony Torn The Vet
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo Cooper
Claudia Robinson Femi
Technical Credits
Joel B. Marsden Director, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Steven Adams Associate Producer
Mike Baum Score Composer
Keith Bilderbeck Score Composer
Reginald P. Bryant Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Kufrin Cinematographer
Tony Lee Casting
Stacie B. London Production Designer
Tina Meeks Score Composer
Michael Allen Set Decoration/Design
Robi Reed-Humes Associate Producer, Casting
David Schaufele Editor
Shaluza Score Composer
Ngwang Oswald Tanyu Associate Producer
K.C. Wallace Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald Wilson Executive Producer
Marcia Zia Set Decoration/Design
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