Amistad

Amistad

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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Chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship is seized, the captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling courtroom battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation.

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COURIER3
Jun 16, 2018

Special features interesting. Had it not been for "dashboard" I would not have know about this true story. A bit long, but good history lesson.

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patch666
Apr 02, 2018

Great movie !!!! Great acting from everyone . Great true story . One of Spielbergs best and most under rated !!! Highly recommended for family with older and mature kids !!!

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Rainmanjr
Dec 19, 2017

One of Anthony Hopkins better roles, Matthew's also, and a very good history lesson for all Americans. This movie is as good as Schindler's List, imo, but didn't get the recognition it deserved. Got good press but not from the critics.

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jonnybroom
Apr 26, 2017

I'm sorry I waited 20 years to watch this film. It's a vivid re-creation of a chilling and important chapter in American history, one I knew too little about. I'll leave criticism of the historical treatment to people who know more. I particularly enjoyed watching Anthony Hopkins play crusty old John Quincy Adams, a placeholder in my sketchy historical ledger. And of particular interest--right now in Minneapolis--is the role played in this story by Sen. John C. Calhoun, for whom our central Lake is named. Calhoun, a staunch supporter of slavery, is portrayed in a harsh light. Just on the basis of this history, I say: change the name of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 05, 2017

With three out of five stars, this movie should definitely be seen by everyone. For one thing, it accurately depicts the horrors inflicted on enslaved peoples. Although, gory this is a necessary lesson as a deterrent against the practice or support of slavery. The movie also presents a number of important lessons for the modern world, chief of which is the inalienability of human rights. Whilst the Mende characters are never considered as equal human beings for most of the movie –their case is argued as one under the jurisdiction of real estate– Adams’ speech reinforces some of the underlying principles of modern society. A good attempt at capturing history by Hollywood.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Since I know it's hard to watch sometimes, this is a very excellent movie. I kinda recognized the main song and I still remember it very clearly to this day where I get to see the whole entire thing for the first time. It is very dramatic in a good way, it's part of Black History Month (in which I kinda celebrate in my own way by watching it for extra credit on Inclusive Leadership as a review). I did not even know Mr. Spielberg directed the film when I saw the DVD cover. Overall, this is one of the best films I've seen in my entire life. Definitely recommended for history buffs and film critics!

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garycornell
Dec 05, 2015

Outstanding movie with an excellent cast that brings home the achievement of President John Quincy Adams concerning slavery. Our American History is served well when stories like "Amistad" are shown to a completely new generation. I hope the film is watched for many generations to come!

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JackPurcell
Apr 12, 2015

Excellent movie. A slave ship revolt that results in the slaves being tried for piracy and mutiny. Great story well worth the watch even if it were less praiseworthy than it actually is.

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frishta
Sep 21, 2014

Great "good against evil" movie.

aaa5756 Aug 10, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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COURIER3
Dec 27, 2017

SLAVE SHIP COURTROOM, MUTINY

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Rainmanjr
Dec 19, 2017

You've shown they come from Africa. Very good for you. But WHO are they?

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