March 25th, 2011: Amazing Grace (2006)

Cast and Crew:   Steven Knight (Writer); Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones,

What It’s About: William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffud) fights to end British involvement in the slave trade.

Why Watch it Today?: The Slave Act, which Wilberforce fought so hard for, passed today in 1807.  Although Amazing Grace at times falls into historical drama formula, the subject matter, great supporting cast and director Michael Apted keep the formula from overwhelming the film.

Where to Get It:   Public libraries, Netflix (rental only), or Amazon

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