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Amistad Movie Review Summary

Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConnaughey, Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard, Anna Paqu

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Stephen Spielberg directed this 1997 film about a largely true story: an 1839 slave revolt on the ship "Amistad" in the Caribbean and the subsequent trials of the leaders of the revolt on U.S. soil. Hounsou is magnificent as Cinque, the instigator of the slave revolt; Hopkins is just as good or better as former President John Quincy Adams, who takes over the defense at the higher court levels from attorney Roger Baldwin (McConnaughey) and citizen intermediary Theodore Joadson (Freeman). Larger issues -- the British opposition to slavery, Queen Isabel of Spain's demand that the ship and its cargo (the slaves) be returned to her -- are touched on, and the film features some graphic violence and nudity in its attempt to depict the brutalities of the slave trade. Somewhat slow and stately (152 minutes), but an impressive piece of work. Peter Firth and Jeremy Northam may be glimpsed among the cast, as well as former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun sitting in as historic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Story.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   racism!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   slave Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship    -   swimming on    -   drowning    -   feeding sharks Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Is this movie based on a    -   book

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