A review of the 1997 movie amistad

Ina group of Africans sold into slavery were being transported to the United States on a Spanish ship. A biography penned by one of the participants in the matter would be ideal.

Some scenes may need to be fastforwarded, but the messages in this movie should not be missed. Despite the attempts of Van Buren to subvert the legal system established only decades before, the essential commitment to freedom is so much a part of the story that, at least in this one brief moment, justice triumphed.

Plot[ edit ] La Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the United States in Within two weeks, Seth Staples and Theodore Sedgwick, white abolitionist lawyers, had addressed a memo to President Van Buren, reinforcing the Janes analysis and arguing powerfully against any executive move to take the case away from the courts.

Abolitionists to enhance strong public emotion against slavery, begin publicizing the horror stories and brutalities of slavery. Any violence, nudity, or other harsh aspects of this movie were not for entertainment value, but to tell a story, a true story, that was long overdue for being told.

One cannot be both property and capable of forming criminal intent. The film gives no sign of the impressive intellectual strength in the white abolitionist ranks, e.

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The Abolitionists and Africans felt that justice had been served, until President Van Buren requested an appeal to the Supreme Court, in which five of the justices had been slave owners. People were not predicting or threatening civil war, despite events far more divisive than a Supreme Court decision based on the illegality of the transatlantic slave trade.

Dreamworks The film follows the events which occurred after the revolt by enslaved Africans onboard the slave ship Amistad. Spielberg keeps the movie from becoming too depressing by adding a lot of light hearted humor. Sickness, brutality, mutilation and death are depicted in these scenes; blood is splattered across the deck of the ship as the visceral horrors of enslavement are brought to attention.

The Abolitionists play a big part in the outcome of this trial. Go to the movie? The suffering body on the slave ship serves as a graphic reminder of the pain inflicted onto others.

In an early sentence, Baldwin invoked "the great principles of the Revolution," the Declaration of Independence and "the genius of our institutions," but he did not profess to derive his legal conclusions from these premises. The outcome helps to leave you feeling that against all odds, justice prevailed.

This incident also helped abolitionists in their fight against slavery, with which they finally won with the addition of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in It is the human form which becomes the means by which the suffering of enslavement is portrayed, the strength of the enslaved is celebrated and the legality of enslavement debated.

It is very distressing to see the cruelty that was imposed on the slaves as they were captured.

Anthony Hopkins and Djimon Hounsou were really good. Be educated by this movie? The opening scenes of the enslaved Africans overrunning the Amistad, killing its crew and taking over sets the tone of the film, and the audience is never allowed to forget the image of the muscular African screaming as he thrusts his sword into one of his former captors.

I highly recommend this movie. As Baldwin begins to tell Joadson and Tappan his "story" of the case, we see them slowly becoming aware of what had always been obvious to us: With major academics assisting with the project, including Henry Louis Gates, the film is well-filmed and well-researched.

The importance of the Amistad case lies in the fact that Cinque and his fellow captives, with the help of the white abolitionists, had won their freedom. Sengbe, the lead member of the enslaved Africans, is shown as strong, knowledgeable and highly intelligent.

However, I must say that Anthony Hopkins stole the scenes.

Amistad (1997)

The value of human life and the virtue of principled courage in the face of personal sacrifice are two traits lifted up in this story.

Cinque tells his story at trial: Maybe that is why the critics disapproved. The film consistently overstates the black and understates the white role in the effort to free the Africans:Amistad (): Movie Summary & Amistad is a recreation of the true story about an slave revolt on a small Spanish schooner, La Amistad, ironically the Spanish word for “friendship.” Spielberg does a great job in recreating the Amistad revolt that spurred a series of trials beginning in the lower courts of Connecticut and ultimately ending in the Supreme Court.

Dec 10,  · Dwarfed by the enormity of what it means to illustrate, the diffuse ''Amistad'' divides its energies among many concerns: the pain and strangeness of the captives' experience, the Presidential election in which they become a factor, the stirrings of civil war, and the great many bewhiskered abolitionists and legal representatives who argue about their fate.

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Amistad (1997): Movie Summary & Review

Amistad was mostly ignored by cinemagoers upon its release the 50th highest grossing movie of With a $44 million dollar domestic gross.

After two months on a ragged course up the Eastern seaboard, the Amistad is captured by an American naval ship off the coast of Connecticut and the Africans were charged for murder and piracy. In the beginning, the Africans are championed by abolitionists Theodore Joadson and Lewis Tappan, and a young real estate attorney named Roger Baldwin%(63).

A review of the film 'Amistad', from ' Commemorated', a site looking at the commemoration of the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery,from the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York.

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