Amazing Grace

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by S Robinson on 12/6/2007

We greatly enjoyed the movie and were especially struck by how much things have not changed. There is still the need for us to stand up for the personhood of those who cannot speak for themselves. Now, it is the unborn who need our voice. What an inspiring movie!

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The idealist wilberforce maneuvers his way through parliament in 19th century england, endeavoring to end the british transatlantic slave trade.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205613927
UPC 024543444930
UPC 14 00024543444930
Format DVD
Release Date 10/14/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Gruffudd,Ioan
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Cast & Crew
Albert Finney - Actor
Charles Wood - Production Designer
David Allday - Art Director
David Arnold - Original Music By
Edward R. Pressman - Producer
Ioan Gruffudd - Actor
Matthew Gray - Art Director
Michael Apted - Director
Michael Gambon - Actor
Remi Adefarasin - Cinematographer
Rick Shaine - Editor
Rufus Sewell - Actor
Steven Knight - Writer
Terrence Malick - Producer
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review Apted approaches the subject without the slightest bit of energy, entrusting the actors to breathe their own life into the script and the subject matter to stun the crowds on its own, which works if you just focus in on the acting. With fine supporting help from Albert Finney and Romola Garai (as Wilberforce's love interest and most impassioned listener), and a full-bodied performance from Gruffudd, the acting is impeccable, wallowing in that upper-class British guilt for maximum stiff-upper-lip and combustible bellow...Running a glacial two hours in length, "Grace" wears out its welcome as it belabors the subplots to a point of irritability. Apted doesn't get caught up in the period details, he gets lost in Wilberforce's setbacks. The suspense of the voting and the twists of loyalty just aren't enough to power the drama, and as much as the filmmaker tries, "Grace" never manages to get off the ground...Still, there's little to dislike about "Amazing Grace." History purists will find the details enchanting, period drama fanatics will adore the arm's-length posture of the piece, and the true-life tale is one worth being told.
Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review As a history lesson, Amazing Grace is okay. It stays reasonably true to the established record with minimal embellishment. However, as motion picture, the film is lacking in several key areas. The presentation is choppy, with lengthy sections devoted to the events occurring during short spans followed by jarring leaps ahead in time. Character development is perfunctory, with most individuals in the film falling into the "good, noble" camp (abolitionists) or the "evil, rapacious" camp (those in favor of continuing the slave trade). This occasionally causes Amazing Grace to play less like a movie and more like a morality play...Apted is without a doubt one of the foremost documentarians working today. His Up Series represents a cinematic hallmark. His feature credits are less certain. He has received praise for Coal Miner's Daughter and Nell, but less favorable reviews for some of his other efforts...He has also directed a generic Brosnan Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. This latest entry on his resume is unremarkable - an introduction to Wilberforce that can serve as a primer to the uninitiated but offers little in the way of narrative or thematic complexity.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Sensormatic, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Gruffudd,Ioan
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
O Magazine A must-see.
The Observer Four stars.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...[a] satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers.

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