- Amistad (1997 film)
name = Amistad
caption = Theatrical release poster
Debbie Allen Steven Spielberg Colin Wilson
Morgan Freeman Matthew McConaughey Anthony Hopkins Stellan Skarsgård Djimon Hounsou
Justice Harry Blackmun
editing = Michael Kahn
distributor = DreamWorks Distribution
December 10, 1997
runtime = 152 minutes
language = English
budget = $40 million USD
amg_id = 1:158798
imdb_id = 0118607
"Amistad" is a 1997
Steven Spielberg filmbased on the true story of a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839, and the legal battle that followed. It shows how that, even though the case was won at the federal district court level, it was appealed by President Martin Van Burento the Supreme Court, and how former President John Quincy Adamstook part in the proceedings.
This was the second film for which
Anthony Hopkinsreceived an Academy Awardnomination for playing a United States President, having previously been nominated in 1995for playing Richard Nixonin "Nixon".
Morgan Freeman- Theodore Joadson
Anthony Hopkins- Representative John Quincy Adams
Nigel Hawthorne- President Martin Van Buren
Djimon Hounsou- Joseph Cinqué/Sengbe Pieh
Matthew McConaughey- Roger S. Baldwin
David Paymer- Secretary of State John Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite- Mr. Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård- Lewis Tappan
Razaaq Adoti- Yamba
Abu Bakaar Fofanah- Fala
Anna Paquin- Queen Isabella II of Spain
Tomás Milián- Calderon
Chiwetel Ejiofor- Ens. James Covey/Kai Nyagua
Derrick Ashong- Buakei
Geno Silva- José Ruiz
John Ortiz- Pedro Montez
Ralph Brown- Lt. Thomas Gedney
Darren E. Burrows- Lt. Meade
Allan Rich- Judge Juttson
Peter Firth- Capt. Fitzgerald
Xander Berkeley- Hammond
Jeremy Northam- Judge Coglin
Arliss Howard- Senator John C. Calhoun
Austin Pendleton- Prof. Josiah Willard Gibbs, Sr.
Harry Blackmun- U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph Story(uncredited)
"The issue is not whether some rag-tag bunch of Africans raised swords against their enemies, but rather, must we?" - Senator John C. Calhoun, a hint at the coming
American Civil War
"Is there anything so pathetic as an ex-President?" spoken of
John Quincy Adams, but overheard by Martin Van Burenand mistakenly interpreted to mean him.
"A chief cannot be anything less than a chief." Cinqué's words to John Quincy Adams, when the latter informs him that he was 'once a great chief of America'.
This was the first film directed by Spielberg that was released by
DreamWorks, of which Spielberg was a co-founder.
The first sixteen minutes of the film are entirely in the
Mende language, with no subtitles, depicting the seizure of the Amistad by its captive slaves and their subsequent capture by the United States Navy. Djimon Hounsoulearned a certain amount of Mende, one of the languages of Sierra Leone, for his role as Cinque. The ship " La Amistad" in the film was not played by the Freedom Schooner Amistadfrom New Haven, which was re-created in 2000 after the film had been released. The role of La Amistadwas in fact played by another Baltimore Clipper- " Pride of Baltimore".
The majority of this film was filmed in
Newport, Rhode Island's downtown historic district, which has many colonial buildings. The scenes of the United States Capitol building were that of the Rhode Island State House, while some scenes were filmed at Mystic Seaportin Mystic, Connecticut. The Slave Fortress destroyed at the end of the movie is actually El Morro, an old colonial fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
A number of American roles in this film were played by leading British actors.
Many academics, like Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia Universityhave criticized the film Amistad for historical innacuracy and the misleading characterizations of the Amistad case as a "turning point" in American perspective on slavery. In his essay "The Amistad Case in Fact and Film" (http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/74/) Professor Foner states, "Amistad‘s problems go far deeper than such anachronisms as President Martin Van Buren campaigning for reelection on a whistle-stop train tour (in 1840, candidates did not campaign), or people constantly talking about the coming Civil War, which lay twenty years in the future."
*Academy of Motion Pictures, AMPAS (1998) Nominations:
**Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Anthony Hopkins
**Best Cinematography, Janusz Kaminski
**Best Costume Design, Ruth Carter
**Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, John Williams
*The Amistad, an 1841 United States court case concerning a slave rebellion on that ship.
Supreme Court of the United States in fiction
*imdb title | id=0118607 | title=Amistad
* [http://www.americanrhetoric.com/moviespeeches.htm 2 Speeches from the Movie in Text, Audio, Video] from AmericanRhetoric.com
* [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19971212/REVIEWS/712120301/1023 Rogert Ebert Film Review]
* [http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/filmnotes/amistad-review.html Review Sally Haden] (Educational POV)
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