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Chronicles the 1839 revolt on board the slave ship Amistad bound for America. Much of the story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt.


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Apr 16, 2019

This movie has John Q Adams being reluctant to help but history does not portray him as being reluctant. I just took a tour of the capitol in D.C. and walked where his desk was the guide portrayed Adams and a champion of the abolish cause and past his views on the Abraham Lincoln who sat behind him several rows back. Much nudity and cruelty shown in this movie. It is not for young children.

Dec 31, 2018

an efficient, if not great, retelling of an important historical event, worth it for its brilliant performances from, especially, Antony Hopkins, and Matthew McConaughey, and for its last illuminating 30 minutes

Nov 09, 2018

A historical perspective of slavery that offers a glimpse of justice & equality, but is offset by all the real world lynchings over the next century & neo-slavery of the prison population. In the Heat of the Night & Mississippi Burning are recommended viewing.

Jul 19, 2018

Very long slow and boring! I just could not get into this movie!! I can't believe everyone rated this movie so high!!

Jun 16, 2018

Special features interesting. Had it not been for "dashboard" I would not have know about this true story. A bit long, but good history lesson.

Apr 02, 2018

Great movie !!!! Great acting from everyone . Great true story . One of Spielbergs best and most under rated !!! Highly recommended for family with older and mature kids !!!

Dec 19, 2017

One of Anthony Hopkins better roles, Matthew's also, and a very good history lesson for all Americans. This movie is as good as Schindler's List, imo, but didn't get the recognition it deserved. Got good press but not from the critics.

Apr 26, 2017

I'm sorry I waited 20 years to watch this film. It's a vivid re-creation of a chilling and important chapter in American history, one I knew too little about. I'll leave criticism of the historical treatment to people who know more. I particularly enjoyed watching Anthony Hopkins play crusty old John Quincy Adams, a placeholder in my sketchy historical ledger. And of particular interest--right now in Minneapolis--is the role played in this story by Sen. John C. Calhoun, for whom our central Lake is named. Calhoun, a staunch supporter of slavery, is portrayed in a harsh light. Just on the basis of this history, I say: change the name of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska.

Mar 05, 2017

With three out of five stars, this movie should definitely be seen by everyone. For one thing, it accurately depicts the horrors inflicted on enslaved peoples. Although, gory this is a necessary lesson as a deterrent against the practice or support of slavery. The movie also presents a number of important lessons for the modern world, chief of which is the inalienability of human rights. Whilst the Mende characters are never considered as equal human beings for most of the movie –their case is argued as one under the jurisdiction of real estate– Adams’ speech reinforces some of the underlying principles of modern society. A good attempt at capturing history by Hollywood.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Since I know it's hard to watch sometimes, this is a very excellent movie. I kinda recognized the main song and I still remember it very clearly to this day where I get to see the whole entire thing for the first time. It is very dramatic in a good way, it's part of Black History Month (in which I kinda celebrate in my own way by watching it for extra credit on Inclusive Leadership as a review). I did not even know Mr. Spielberg directed the film when I saw the DVD cover. Overall, this is one of the best films I've seen in my entire life. Definitely recommended for history buffs and film critics!

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Dec 19, 2017

You've shown they come from Africa. Very good for you. But WHO are they?


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