Amistad


Spielberg's latest film is a historical courtroom drama. Back in 1839, a group of West Africans on their way to slavery in America, managed to revolt and seize control of the ship (La Amistad). However, instead of going back to Africa, the remaining sailors took them to America, where they were arrested for murder and piracy.

The film then becomes a courtroom drama which examines the complex moral issues surrounding the case. This produces some long speeches condemning slavery. The performances have generally been praised, although the film is unlikely to appeal to Spielberg's usual target market.

152 minutes.
Drama

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Good help is so hard to find these days...

Credits

Cast
Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, and quite a few others.
Director
Steven Spielberg
ScreenplayDavid H. Franzoni, Steven Zaillian, from the book by William Owens
MusicJohn Williams
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in1997
Produced byDreamWorks SKG, Home Box Office

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
10
The Cape Times
Angelo Fick
10
The Star
Darryl Accone
12
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
10
Sunday Times
William Pretorius
5
Rapport
Barrie Hough
14
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
18
TV2 Leon at the Movies
Leon van Nierop
14
SAfm Sunday
Alan Swerdlow
12
eye Weekly
Tom Lyons
5
Box Office
Wade Major
13
Film Review
Anwar Brett
15

What the People say

Internet
582 Netizens
16

Average .. 59%

12

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Bruce Humphrey18
Kristen Stepney 14
Zuhaizie Kadir 14
Ron Clan 20
Yong Shin 20
John Williams 20
Courtney Gardner 10

Average .. 83%

17

Visitor Comments

Bruce Humphrey: Brilliant but a bit too long. Don't see this movie if you are still a racist!

Zuhaizie Kadir: I've yet to see a movie that focuses on the Africans' experiences itself.

Richard Hill: Not very good.

Ron Clan: It was not only riveting, but also an eye opener.

Yong Shin: The movie taught me about what Africans went through just to survive.






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