The Amazing Grace

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Inspired by the timeless hymn from which it takes its instantly recognizable name, director Jeta Amata's epic drama tells the remarkable tale of John Newton, a British slave trader who was moved to pen one of the world's best-known spiritual songs after traveling to Nigeria in 1748. The time was the 18th Century, and slave trading was at an all time high. John Newton had recently taken over as the captain of The Greyhound, and was making his way towards the Nigerian port of Calabar. A once-righteous man who had ...
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Overview

Inspired by the timeless hymn from which it takes its instantly recognizable name, director Jeta Amata's epic drama tells the remarkable tale of John Newton, a British slave trader who was moved to pen one of the world's best-known spiritual songs after traveling to Nigeria in 1748. The time was the 18th Century, and slave trading was at an all time high. John Newton had recently taken over as the captain of The Greyhound, and was making his way towards the Nigerian port of Calabar. A once-righteous man who had turned his back on religion after becoming caught up in the lucrative slave trade, Newton was now course in manner, and ruthless in trade. But Newton's barbarous ways would soon come back to haunt him, however, when after burning down a Nigerian village and rounding up his latest "cargo," his ship is nearly destroyed - and his life nearly lost - in a particularly violent storm at sea. The only reason his life was spared, claimed Newton, was due to the grace of God. Oddly enough, it wasn't this close brush with death that prompted Newton to abandon the slave trade, but a remarkable display of compassion from one of the slaves he had so callously dismissed as sub-human in the past. Subsequently devoting his entire life to religion, Newton recalls the melody of a traditional African song he had heard while back in Calabar, folds in his own lyrics, and creates one of the most famous religious hymns ever penned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • UPC: 883476001227
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Code Black Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Moran John Newton
Scott Cleverdon Oliver
Fred Amata Etim
James Hicks Simmons
Mbong Odungide Ansa
Joke Silva Maria Davies
Itam Efa Williamson Orok
Technical Credits
Jeta Amata Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Alicia Arce Executive Producer, Producer
Ansa Bassey Associate Producer
Wilson Ebiye Executive Producer
Brian Hovmand Editor
Joe Taylor Cinematographer
Nick Moran Associate Producer
Sammie Okposo Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amazing Grace
1. Opening Credits [7:38]
2. Plans For a Raiding Party [8:09]
3. A Village is Found [9:21]
4. Chained [8:23]
5. Caged [6:18]
6. Less Than Human [7:20]
7. A Storm at Sea [9:28]
8. A Conversation With John Newton [8:12]
9. An Offer of Work and Gifts [7:07]
10. Captured [7:42]
11. Saying Goodbye [7:59]
12. Closing Credits [4:36]
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Disc #1 -- Amazing Grace
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good for learning history and story of the song Amazing Grace

    This show was not a spectacular piece of entertainment, but it is valuable for learning about a significant piece of history. It is worth watching and discussing.

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