Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace is a 2006 American-British biographical drama film directed by Michael Apted, about the campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through... read more
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Amazing Grace is a 2006 American-British biographical drama film directed by Michael Apted, about the campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament. The title is a reference to the hymn "Amazing Grace". The film also recounts the experiences of John Newton as a crewman on a slave ship and subsequent religious conversion, which inspired his writing of the poem later used in the hymn. Newton is portrayed as a major influence on Wilberforce and the abolition movement. The film premiered on 16 September 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by showings at the Heartland Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the European Film Market, before opening in wide US release on 23 February 2007, which coincided with the 200th anniversary of the date the British parliament voted to ban the slave trade.

Original Release

02/23/2007

US Release

02/23/2007

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Cast

Albert Finney John Newton
Michael Gambon Lord Charles Fox
Rufus Sewell Thomas Clarkson
Ioan Gruffudd William Wilberforce
Bill Paterson Lord Dundas
Romola Garai Barbara Spooner
Benedict Cumberbatch William Pitt
Youssou N'Dour Olaudah Equiano
Ciaran Hinds Lord Tarleton
Toby Jones Duke of Clarence
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Michael Apted

Writers

Steven Knight

Cast

Albert Finney John Newton
Michael Gambon Lord Charles Fox
Rufus Sewell Thomas Clarkson
Ioan Gruffudd William Wilberforce
Bill Paterson Lord Dundas
Romola Garai Barbara Spooner
Benedict Cumberbatch William Pitt
Youssou N'Dour Olaudah Equiano
Ciaran Hinds Lord Tarleton
Toby Jones Duke of Clarence
Nicholas Farrell Henry Thornton
Sylvestra Le Touzel Marianne Thornton
Jeremy Swift Richard the Butler
Stephen Campbell Moore James Stephen
Nicholas Day Sir William Dolben
Tom Knight Physician
Richard Ridings Speaker of the House
Hugh Allison Pitt's Caddy
Georgie Glen Hannah More
Nicholas Woodeson Harrison

Producers

James Clayton Executive Producer
Jeanney Kim Executive Producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Micheal Flaherty Executive Producer
Patricia Heaton Producer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
David Hunt Producer
Terrence Malick Producer
Mark Cooper Producer
Ken Wales Producer

Editors

Rick Shaine

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