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Amazing Grace (2006)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Michael Apted

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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70%
  • Reviews Counted: 123
  • Fresh: 86
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Amazing Grace, a prettified take on the life and times of the 18th-century reformer William Wilberforce, carries a strong whiff of piety. It isn't a bad smell; there are notes of roses and treacle in the mix, but also elements of sweat and pain. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: As square as this movie is, it has been made with eloquence and jaunty high spirits, and it tells a good story that is virtually unknown here. – David Denby, New Yorker, Sep 22, 2007

Fresh: A detailed, affecting biography of one of the great souls who moved humanity forward. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 22, 2007

Rotten: Director Michael Apted tells the story with dry devotion to parliamentary procedurals and a worshipful approach to Wilberforce. But [actor] Gruffudd lacks the intensity and charisma to pull it off. – Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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This movie was amazing, no pun intended. All the acting was incredible and the plot was very interesting. It was completely accurate down to every detail. Everyone should see this.

Amazing Grace (2006)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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