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R| 2 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) also becomes an ally.

Cast: Morgan Freeman , Anthony Hopkins , Matthew McConaughey , Nigel Hawthorne , Djimon Hounsou , David Paymer , Pete Postlethwaite , Stellan Skarsgard

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: DreamWorks SKG, United International Pictures

Amistad (1997)

Release Date: December 10th, 1997|2 hr. 32 min.

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critic reviews (10)
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Spielberg uses a more conventional format than he did in the stripped-down black-and-white "Schindler's List,'' and delivers a film that veers between stoic political correctness and mushy pop-Hollywood platitudes. show more

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact. show more

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