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Ioan Gruffudd takes the powerful lead as Wilberforce, a firebrand politician known for his charm, wit and zeal. Undaunted by the boys’ club atmosphere amongst his colleagues, he is recognized early in his career as a man of great integrity and courage. A life-altering meeting with ex-slave Olaudauh Equiano (the feature debut of international music star Youssou N’Dour) inspires Wilberforce to confront the dehumanizing slave trade, an economic force so vital to the Establishment that it forces him into a fierce conflict with the most powerful people in the nation.

His friend - and future British Prime Minister - William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch) is an ideal foil. Pitt hews to the straight and narrow, while Wilberforce storms through the doors, hollering for reform. The pair harbour great hope for their country, but change is slow to arrive. Not to be defeated, Wilberforce, aided by a diverse coalition of allies, including former slave trader John Newton (Albert Finney), passionate abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (Rufus Sewell), and his spirited wife and political compatriot Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai), Wilberforce begins a movement that would ultimately change history.

Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted has crafted a brilliant account of his perseverance, showing how an exhausted Wilberforce musters the strength for the final, all-important effort against injustice. The film is lush with period detail and blessed with tremendous performances - including the matchless Finney as Newton, a former slave trader-turned-penitent man of the cloth, whose desperate guilt steels Wilberforce’s resolve in moments of doubt.

A powerful, stirring film, AMAZING GRACE is directed by Michael Apted and written by Steven Knight. The film is executive produced by Jeanney Kim and produced by Terrence Malick, Edward Pressman, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, and Ken Wales. AMAZING GRACE is a presentation of Bristol Bay Productions.

4 Responses to “About the Movie”

  1. on 25 Sep 2006 at 1:39 pm Dawn Wingard

    I heard about this movie on the Rick & Bubba radio show, a local morning show here in Birmingham, this morning. Chris Tomlin was their guest, and he mentioned writing a song for the movie and even performed it live in their studio. My husband is reading Real Christianity right now, and we are both very much looking forward to the movie’s release. Thank you all so much for making this film!

    P.S. I started watching Raymond reruns on TBS a couple of years when my pastor said that he was a fan of the show. What a great, funny show! I’m so glad that the reruns are still on every day!

  2. on 13 Feb 2007 at 4:17 pm James Stepp

    I hope that one day, someone will take on the daunting task of telling the life story of John Newton. His life and writing of Amazing Grace, is a testimony to the greatness of the Grace of Jesus Christ.

    To all film makers: when this new movie comes out, there just may be a window of opportunity to explore the life of John Newton as its own movie.

    Unworthy but His,


  3. on 24 Feb 2007 at 1:01 pm Dianne

    When I saw the ads on TV, I was immediately drawn to it. I went to see it last night; is was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It should be nominiated for several awards. I would go see it again and will buy it for my collection. When I hear “Amazing Grace” in the future, I will forever be touched in a very special way.

  4. on 25 Feb 2007 at 8:46 pm Cathy Driscoll

    I went to see the movie last night knowing very little about it. It is one of the best movies I have seen in recent years. I was especially impressed with the way director Michael Apted chose to unfold the story. He presented a perfect balance between Wilberforce’s political and personal lives. Although Wilberforce’s Christianity is evident throughout the film, it isn’t preachy. The sweet but chaste relationship between Wilberforce and Barbara Spooner sets a new standard on how on-screen romances can be depicted in a God-honoring fashion. Go see this film, then encourage everyone you know to see it as well. Although there is no objectionable language, sex or violence, you might consider previewing the film before taking children under 10 (due to adult themes).

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