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Title:
Amazing grace
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD video; region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG; for thematic material involving slavery and some mild language.
Language:
English
Language Note:
English dialogue with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
General Note:
Special features: Audio commentary with director Michael Apted and actor Ioan Gruffudd; "How sweet the sound: the story of Amazing grace" featurette; Chris Tomlin music video; Finding freedom: a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; interactive discussion tools and study guides.
Awards:
Heartland Film Festival, 2007: Truly Moving Sound Award - Truly Moving Picture.
Abstract:
Based on the life of William Wilberforce--his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th Century--and the people, including his minister, who pushed him to pursue it to the end.
Added Uniform Title:
Amazing grace (Motion picture : 2006)
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Summary

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi