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Amistad -- AMISTAD is about a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the Northeast Coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free-man who led the revolt.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
David Franzoni (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1997 (USA) See more »
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A true story. See more »
Plot:
About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 32 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Morgan Freeman ... Theodore Joadson

Nigel Hawthorne ... Martin Van Buren

Anthony Hopkins ... John Quincy Adams

Djimon Hounsou ... Cinque

Matthew McConaughey ... Roger Sherman Baldwin

David Paymer ... Secretary John Forsyth

Pete Postlethwaite ... Holabird

Stellan Skarsgård ... Tappan

Razaaq Adoti ... Yamba
Abu Bakaar Fofanah ... Fala

Anna Paquin ... Queen Isabella

Tomas Milian ... Calderon

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Ensign Covey
Derrick N. Ashong ... Buakei
Geno Silva ... Ruiz

John Ortiz ... Montes

Ralph Brown ... Lieutenant Gedney

Darren E. Burrows ... Lieutenant Meade (as Darren Burrows)

Allan Rich ... Judge Juttson

Paul Guilfoyle ... Attorney

Peter Firth ... Captain Fitzgerald

Xander Berkeley ... Hammond

Jeremy Northam ... Judge Coglin

Arliss Howard ... John C. Calhoun
Willie Amakye ... Folowa - Amistad African
Luc Assogba ... Gbatui - Amistad African
Mariah Campbell ... Masery - Amistad African
Habib Conteh ... Bai - Amistad African
Stephen Conteh ... Morlai - Amistad African
Monguehy Fanzy ... Fabanna - Amistad African
Jimmy Fotso ... Kwong - Amistad African
Adekunle Ilori ... Kahei - Amistad African
Sheriff Kargbo ... Almamy - Amistad African
Saye Lah ... Kessebe - Amistad African
Sylvestre Massaquoi ... Santigiie - Amistad African
Samson Odede ... Kpona - Amistad African
Chike Okpala ... Sorie - Amistad African
Willie Onafesso ... Jina - Amistad African
Samuel Pieh ... Suuleh - Amistad African
Lansana Sawi ... Morlu - Amistad African
Abu Sidique ... Tsukama - Amistad African
El Hadj Malik Sow ... Golabu - Amistad African
Lamine Thiam ... Mahmud - Amistad African

Austin Pendleton ... Professor Gibbs

Daniel von Bargen ... Warden Pendleton (as Daniel Von Bargen)

Rusty Schwimmer ... Mrs. Pendleton

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... General Espatero (as Pedro Armendariz)
Frank T. Wells ... Crier

Michael Massee ... Prison Guard
Roy Cooper ... Pickney

Jake Weber ... Mr. Wright

Victor Rivers ... Captain Ferrar
Joseph Kosseh ... Birmaja
Steve Passewe ... Cinque's In-Law
Sherly Acosta Williams ... Cinque's Wife
Matt Sarles ... Young Aide

George Gerdes ... Marshal

Gerald R. Molen ... Magistrate (as Jerry Molen)

Kevin J. O'Connor ... Missionary

Robert Walsh ... Guardsman
Sean McGuirk ... Courier
Tony Owen ... Farmer
William Young ... Businessman

Michael Riley ... British Officer

León Singer ... Don Pablo (as Leon Singer)

Castulo Guerra ... Spanish Priest

Harry Groener ... Tecora Captain

Hawthorne James ... Creole Cook

Ingrid Walters ... Woman Overboard with Baby
Harry A. Blackmun ... Associate Justice Joseph Story (as The Honorable Harry A. Blackmun)
Curtis Shields ... Bassie - Additional Amistad African
Carlos Spivey ... Chike - Additional Amistad African
Charles Udoma ... Kessebe - Additional Amistad African
Andrew L. Josiah ... Tamba - Additional Amistad African
Tony Onafesso ... Baa - Additional Amistad African
Peter Mansaray ... Kapr - Additional Amistad African
Clarence Mobley ... Kenei - Additional Amistad African
Brian Macon ... Yauai - Additional Amistad African
Edward Appiah ... Followolo - Additional Amistad African

Denver Dowridge ... Kpau - Additional Amistad African
Paul Mwakutuya ... Sessi - Additional Amistad African
Rory Burton ... Vakina - Additional Amistad African
Samuel Orekhio ... Fawni - Additional Amistad African
Omo Lara Tosin ... Kula - Additional Amistad African
Ransford Thomas ... Alkali - Additional Amistad African
Juliette Darko ... Teme - Additional Amistad African
Isaac Mayanja ... Sanpha - Additional Amistad African
Charlean Isata Bangalie ... Margru - Additional Amistad African
Roosevelt Flenoury ... Njaooni - Additional Amistad African
M.S. Kaleiwo ... Kaleiwo - Additional Amistad African
Tesfay Yohannes ... Amistad African Extra
George Kamara ... Amistad African Extra
Abdul-Fatai Balogun ... Amistad African Extra
Yaya Sissoko ... Amistad African Extra
Amadou Traore ... Amistad African Extra
Marlon Francis ... Amistad African Extra
Bundu Kamara ... Amistad African Extra
James Moses ... Amistad African Extra
Daniel Reid ... Amistad African Extra
Seydou Coulibaly ... Amistad African Extra
Lawal Tajudeen ... Amistad African Extra
Lester Mombelly ... Amistad African Extra
Ibrahim Sesay ... Amistad African Extra

Jeremy Shelton ... Amistad African Extra
Andrew Shoemo ... Amistad African Extra
Prince Coke ... Amistad African Extra
Ahmed Bangura ... Amistad African Extra
Bernard Singleton ... Amistad African Extra
Desere Mondon ... Amistad African Extra
Baboucar Jobe ... Amistad African Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John D. Bair ... Senator (uncredited)
Paul Berlier ... Sargeant of the Guard (uncredited)

Eric Bruno Borgman ... First Jury Juror (uncredited)
KimStacy Carter ... Tecora Slave (uncredited)

Alex Daunis ... Clerk of Supreme Court (uncredited)

Nino Del Padre ... Court Witness (uncredited)
Johnny Egan ... Judge Coglin (voice) (uncredited)

Lawrence Gaughan ... Spaniard (uncredited)
Morgan Hobart ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Tommy Lynch ... Slave Trader (uncredited)

Bernave V. Martinez ... Spaniard guard (uncredited)
Luis Muñoz ... Spanish Slave Guard (uncredited)

Ungenita Prevost ... Tecora Slave (uncredited)

Glendon Rich ... Slave / Abolishionist (uncredited)
Kevin M. Simon ... Abolishionist (uncredited)
Daniel Sutton ... Union Soldier (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Supreme Court Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Franzoni (written by)

Produced by
Debbie Allen .... producer
Bob Cooper .... co-executive producer (as Robert Cooper)
Bonnie Curtis .... associate producer
Paul Deason .... associate producer
Laurie MacDonald .... executive producer
Walter F. Parkes .... executive producer (as Walter Parkes)
Tim Shriver .... co-producer
Steven Spielberg .... producer
Colin Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Janusz Kaminski (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Rick Carter 
 
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr  (as Chris Burian-Mohr)
Tony Fanning 
William James Teegarden  (as Jim Teegarden)
 
Set Decoration by
Rosemary Brandenburg 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist (as Adelbert Acevedo)
Deena Adair .... hair stylist: Mr. Freeman
Christine Beveridge .... hair stylist: Mr. Hopkins (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist: Mr. Hopkins (as Chrissie Beveridge)
John Blake .... makeup artist
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup artist: East Coast
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist: East Coast (as Mary Cook)
Bill Corso .... makeup assistant department head (as William Corso)
Carla Farmer .... hair stylist (as Carla Joi)
Kelly Gleason .... makeup artist: East Coast
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist: Mr. Freeman (as Mike Hancock)
Paula Kelly .... makeup artist: East Coast
Erma Kent .... hair stylist
Robert Laden .... makeup artist: East Coast
Judy Murdock .... makeup artist
Ve Neill .... makeup department head
Victoria M. Porter .... hair stylist: East Coast (as Victoria Porter)
Joseph Michael Regina .... makeup artist (as Joseph M. Regina)
Gerald Riley .... hair stylist
Richard Snell .... makeup artist
John Sobeck .... makeup artist: East Coast
Perri Sorel .... makeup artist
Steven R. Soussanna .... hair stylist (as Steve Soussana)
Robert L. Stevenson .... key hair stylist (as Robert Louis Stevenson)
Linda Stevenson-Khan .... hair stylist (as Linda Khan)
Laini Thompson .... makeup artist
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist
Julia L. Walker .... hair stylist (as Julia Walker)
Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Selina Jayne .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Scott Patton .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Brian Penikas .... makeup artist: prosthetics (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Paul Deason .... unit production manager
Erica Frauman .... post-production supervisor
Angela Heald .... production supervisor
Nannette Rosa-Collazo .... production manager: Puerto Rico
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis Rosario Albert .... second second assistant director: Puerto Rico
Sean Hobin .... second assistant director
Eric Jones .... second assistant director
Vicente Juarbe .... second second assistant director: Puerto Rico
Foongy Lee .... dga trainee
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan .... first assistant director
Tito Rosario .... second second assistant director: Puerto Rico (as Tito Otero)
Denis L. Stewart .... first assistant director: Puerto Rico
 
Art Department
Susan Benjamin .... assistant set decorator: Los Angeles
John Berger .... assistant art director
Kelly Birrer .... tool keeper
David Brace .... fixtures
Nelson Bush .... swing gang
Jamale Case .... construction medic
Kevin Conlin .... construction foreman: Puerto Rico
Laura Connors .... construction auditor
Steve Conrow .... construction gang boss: East Coast
Nancy Deren .... set designer
Ray Fisher .... leadman: East Coast
Francis L. Foley .... labor gang boss: East Coast (as Frank Foley)
Jack Forwalter .... second leadman
Scott Garrett .... draper
Martin Grimes .... property assistant (as Marty Grimes)
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator
Gordon Huggins .... paint foreman: East Coast
Kristin Frances Jones .... on-set dresser
Pamela Klamer .... set designer
Patricia Klawonn .... set designer (as Patty Klawon)
Hugh Landwehr .... assistant art director: East Coast
Jessica Lanier .... assistant set decorator: East Coast
Francois Leclair .... production assistant
George Lee .... set designer
Juan Carlos Lucca .... property assistant: Puerto Rico
Nicholas Lundy .... assistant art director: East Coast
Kacy Magedman .... art department coordinator
Kevin Mangan .... greens foreman
Eric Matheson .... construction foreman: East Coast
Hank Mayo .... storyboard artist
Joshua S. Miller .... property assistant: East Coast
Rhonda Moscoe .... art department coordinator: East Coast
Jerry Moss .... property master
Maura Moss .... prop assistant
Maura Moss .... prop coordinator
Kadir Nelson .... conceptual artist
Errol C. Nofziger .... standby painter
Annie O'Sullivan-Pittman .... draper
James V. Oliveri .... general foreman: East Coast
Dan Ondrejko .... greens coordinator (as Daniel L. Ondrejko)
Jose Orozco .... greensman (as Jose L. Orozco)
James Oxford .... illustrator
Chris Pascuzzo .... swing gang
Andrew Petrotta .... assistant property master (as Drew Petrotta)
Lauren E. Polizzi .... assistant art director (as Lauren Polizzi)
Donald Redoglia .... construction foreman
David Robbie .... plaster foreman (as Dave Robbie)
Thomas Sahli .... labor foreman
Jerry Sargent .... property foreman: East Coast
Easton Michael Smith .... set designer
Paul Sonski .... assistant art director
Carl Sprague .... set designer: East Coast
Zina Torres .... assistant set decorator: Puerto Rico
John Tyrrell .... paint foreman
Tom Walden .... set dresser: East Coast
Brian Walker .... construction foreman
James F. Walker .... general foreman (as James Walker)
Karen E. Weber .... buyer: East Coast (as Karen Weber)
Suzan Wexler .... set designer (as Susan Wexler)
Karen Wiswell .... researcher
Arthur A. Wood III .... set dresser: East Coast (as Arthur Wood)
Mark Woods .... leadman
Ian Young .... construction foreman
Michael E. Allegretto .... carpenter (uncredited)
Fred Apolito .... prop shop (uncredited)
Jonathan Askew .... carpenter (uncredited)
Alexandre Athané .... intern art department (uncredited)
Mark Bachman .... principal signwriter (uncredited)
Carlo Basail .... stand-by greensman (uncredited)
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Todd Bennett .... plasterer (uncredited)
Paul W. Gorfine .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sean Hargreaves .... illustrator (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... propmaker (uncredited)
Timothy Joliat .... set dresser: East Coast (uncredited)
Jeff Khachadoorian .... prop shop (uncredited)
Warren Manser .... illustrator (uncredited)
Georgie Miranda .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kim Quam .... construction medic (uncredited)
Ricky Riggs .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Giovanni Rodriguez .... scenic artist (uncredited)
William C. Salter .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kevin Sciotto .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bob Skemp .... greensman (uncredited)
Tyris Smith .... set dresser (uncredited)
Theodore Suchecki .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow .... weapons specialist (uncredited)
Suzy Zarate .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Clark .... sound editor (as Jeffrey A. Clark)
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Jerry Edemann .... assistant sound editor (as Jerry M. Edemann)
Keith Edemann .... apprentice sound editor
Louis L. Edemann .... supervising sound editor
Ronald Eng .... sound editor
Ed Fassl .... sound editor (as Edward Fassl)
Alsie L. Florence .... sound transfer
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Leonard T. Geschke .... sound editor
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Doug Jackson .... sound editor
Robert Jackson .... production sound mixer
Ron Judkins .... production sound mixer (as Ronald Judkins)
Samuel F. Kaufman .... sound re-recordist
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Ken Miller .... assistant sound editor
Shawn Murphy .... re-recording mixer
Peggy Names .... sound cable
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Howard Neiman .... sound editor (as Howard S.M. Neiman)
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Newbon .... sound engineer
Bruce Richardson .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (as John B. Roesch)
Philip Rogers .... sound re-recordist
Rod Rogers .... adr assistant
Larry Singer .... adr supervisor
Philip J. Slattery .... apprentice sound editor (as Phil Slattery)
Cary Stratton .... adr recordist
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist
Bob Weitz .... sound engineer
Denise Whiting .... adr editor
Paul Coogan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Randy Cabral .... special effects shop foreman
Jeff Frink .... special effects foreman
Rafael Pérez .... special effects assistant: Puerto Rico (as Rafael Perez)
Ed Ricci .... special effects: East Coast
Tom Ryba .... special effects supervisor
Greg Aronowitz .... camera miniature supervisor and constructor (uncredited)
Craig Barnett .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Everett Byrom III .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Evan Campbell .... sculptor (uncredited)
Tad Krzanowski .... model effects: WKR Productions (uncredited)
Matt McDonnell .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris L. Ward .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jon Alexander .... digital effects artist: ILM
Jill Brooks .... associate visual effects producer: ILM
Tami Carter .... digital effects artist: ILM
Caitlin Content .... sabre artist: ILM
James Doherty .... digital modeler: ILM
Scott Farrar .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Kimberly Lashbrook .... computer graphics resource assistant: ILM
Craig Lyn .... digital modeler: ILM
Jodie Maier .... digital effects artist: ILM
Erik Mattson .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM
Denise Ream .... visual effects producer: ILM (as Denise Eleanor Ream)
Kenneth Smith .... digital timing supervisor: ILM
Tony Sommers .... digital paint artist: ILM
Rita E. Zimmerman .... sabre artist: ILM
Chris Simmons .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Apisa .... stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator
Seth Arnett .... stunts
Denise Barker .... stunts
Eric Chambers .... stunts
Lisa Davis .... stunts
Richard L. Duran .... stunts (as Richard Duran)
John Escobar .... stunts
Mary Fallick .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunts (as Kevin Lemont Jackson)
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Irving E. Lewis .... stunts
David Noble .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... on set stunt coordinator
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Pat Romano .... assistant stunt coordinator
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Alphonse Walter .... stunts
Ingrid Walters .... stunts
Terrence Walters .... stunts
William Washington .... stunts
David Williams .... stunts
Gene Williams .... stunts
Donna Wilson .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunts
Chuck Zito .... stunts
John DePasquale .... stunt safety diver (uncredited)
Jared S. Eddo .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Gilley Grey .... stunts (uncredited)
Toby Holguin .... stunts (uncredited)
Randy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Romano .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Albano .... electrician: East Coast
Andrew Barczewski .... grip (as Andrzez Barczewski)
Carlos Bermudez .... electrician: East Coast (as Carlos F. Bermudez)
Marek Bojsza .... electrician (as Marek Bojska)
Eric Boyle .... grip: East Coast
Arnold F. Brown .... grip: East Coast (as Arnold Brown)
Tony Campenni .... grip: East Coast
Lon Caracappa .... rigging electric best boy: East Coast
Jake Cerrone .... grip
Andrew Cooper .... still photographer
Chris Culliton .... electrician (as Chris M. Culliton)
David Devlin .... gaffer
Michael DiIeso .... rigging grip: East Coast (as Michael Di Ieso)
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator
Roch Dutkowiak .... electrician
Kevin Erb .... best boy grip
Kevin Fahey .... best boy grip
Charley Gilleran .... key rigging grip (as Charley H. Gilleran)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Douglas Henri .... grip
Brent L. Jones .... grip
Tom Jordan .... loader
Tom Keenan .... electrician: East Coast (as Thomas F. Keenan)
Michael Kowal .... grip
Jim Kwiatkowski .... key grip
Dave 'Lash' LaRue .... grip: East Coast (as Dave 'Lash' La Rue)
Roger Meilink .... rigging gaffer (as Rodger Meilink)
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera (as Steve Meizler)
Larry J. Richardson .... best boy (as Larry Richardson)
Pete Romano .... underwater camera operator
Ralph Scherer .... dolly grip
Juli Silver Taracido .... second assistant camera: Puerto Rico
Mark Spath .... second assistant camera
O'Shana Walker .... universal best boy (as Oshana Walker)
William M. Weberg .... best boy grip: East Coast
Daniel Windels .... electrician (as Dan Windels)
Steve Alessi .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Lee Ayrton .... pre-rig electric (uncredited)
Cheli Clayton .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Jaime Costas .... electrician: Puerto Rico (uncredited)
Phil Darrell .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David Devlin .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Tim Driscoll .... grip (uncredited)
Mauro Fiore .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez .... electrician (uncredited)
Guy Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
David Larue .... grip (uncredited)
Pedro Juan López .... electrician: Puerto Rico (uncredited)
Michael A. McFadden .... rigging grip (uncredited)
James R. Mitchell .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Evan A. Nesbitt .... first assistant camera: VistaVision camera (uncredited)
Brian A. Pitts .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jose Ponce .... electrician (uncredited)
Philip A. Reilly .... electrician (uncredited)
Scott Romsos .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Trautvetter .... cinematographer: second unit, Mystic and New York City (uncredited)
Jimi Udel .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Jerald L. Wilson .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Shane Barach .... extras casting assistant
Kim Coleman .... casting assistant
Terrence Harris .... extras casting: Christopher Gray Casting
Jose Jimenez .... casting associate: Puerto Rico
Priscilla John .... casting: U.K. and Africa
Renton Kirk .... assistant extras casting: East Coast
Tere Lopez .... additional casting: Puerto Rico
Jeanne McCarthy .... additional casting
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting: East Coast
Chadwick Cohn .... extras casting (uncredited)
Chris Gray .... extras casting (uncredited)
Theron Smith .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yolanda Carter .... costumer: East Coast
Ana Cayere .... costumer: Puerto Rico
Robert Chase .... costumer: East Coast
Gina Dedomenico .... costume illustrator (as Gina Flanagan)
Beau Desmond .... costumer
Daniel Dirks .... costumer
Sandi Figueroa .... set costumer
Frank L. Fleming .... assistant costume designer (as Frank Fleming)
Luz Margarita Fonseca .... costumer: Puerto Rico
Barbara Hause .... key principal costumer: East Coast (as Barbara J. Hause)
Sandra Hernandez .... assistant costume designer
Danielle Hollowell .... costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... set costumer (as Askia Jacob)
Matthew Jerome .... production assistant: costume
Marci R. Johnson .... set costumer (as Marci Johnson)
Perri Kimono .... costumer
Suzanne Krim .... key costumer: Puerto Rico
Dorothy Latham .... production assistant: costume
Lisa Lesniak .... costumer: East Coast
Cassy McEvoy .... costumer: East Coast
Sue Moore .... costume supervisor
Barry Odom .... cutter/fitter
Margaret Palmer .... costumer: East Coast (as Margaret Leigh Palmer)
Ann Powderly .... cutter/fitter: East Coast
Arthur Rowsell .... dresser: Mr. Hopkins
Laura Sewrey .... costumer: East Coast
Gladyris Silva .... costumer: Puerto Rico
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... set costumer
Mari Socorro Pérez .... costumer: Puerto Rico (as Mari Socorro)
Dawn Testa .... costumer: East Coast
Joanne Trotta .... cutter/fitter
Sandra Varela .... costumer: Puerto Rico
Lee Clayton .... tailor (uncredited)
Bridgitte Ferry .... costumer (uncredited)
Armando Milanes .... wardrobe apprentice (uncredited)
Damien Quinn .... set costumer (uncredited)
Marilyn Salvatore .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Steven W. Bauerfeind .... apprentice editor (as Steve Bauerfeind)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Richard Byard .... first assistant editor
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Patrick Crane .... first assistant editor
Sven E. Fahlgren .... post-production coordinator
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Michael Trent .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Susan Dangel .... research assistant: John Williams
Richard De Armas .... scoring crew (as Richard DeArmas)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Greg Dennen .... scoring crew
Pamela Dillard .... musician: mezzo-soprano soloist
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Taylor Graves .... playback singer
Todd Homme .... executive in charge of music
Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo .... assistant music editor (as Kelly Mahan Jaramillo)
Susan McLean .... scoring crew
Tim Morrison .... musician: trumpet
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Shawn Murphy .... score recordist
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator
Grant Schmitz .... scoring crew
Sally Stevens .... choral contractor
James Walker .... musician: flute
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Pat Weber .... scoring crew (as Patrick Weber)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Byron Motley .... choir vocalist (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn solos (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard P. Abate Jr. .... driver: East Coast
Richard Abate .... driver: East Coast
Jim Alfonso .... driver
Daniel J. Allen .... driver: East Coast
Fernando Barraza .... driver
Joseph F. Barth Jr. .... driver: East Coast
Edward H. Boyajian .... driver: East Coast
John Canavan .... driver: East Coast
Ronald D. Carter .... driver: East Coast
Ken Catando .... driver
Robert Chartier .... driver: East Coast
Peter Clores .... driver: East Coast (as Peter J. Clores)
Vic Cuccia .... transportation co-captain
Fred Culbertson .... driver
John Donahue .... driver: East Coast
Dana Driscoll .... driver: East Coast
Deana Duval .... driver: East Coast
Mike Easter .... driver: East Coast (as Michael C. Easter)
Don Easy .... driver
Edward Fanning .... driver: East Coast
Michael Fennimore .... driver: East Coast
John D. Frederitz .... driver
Robert Gaskill .... personal driver: Mr. Freeman
James Giblin .... driver: East Coast (as James S. Giblin)
Robert Gomula .... driver
George Grenier .... driver
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain: East Coast (as Steve Hammond)
Joseph Hawkins .... driver: East Coast
James A. Keegan .... driver: East Coast
Steven M. Labrie .... driver: East Coast
Michael LaPlante .... driver: East Coast (as Michael La Plante)
Dean Macklem .... driver
Neil Martin .... driver: East Coast
Walt Miller .... driver: East Coast
Scott Mundy .... driver: East Coast
Donald Munroe .... transportation co-captain: East Coast
William O'Brien .... driver: East Coast
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation co-captain: East Coast
Anthony Parillo .... driver: East Coast (as Anthony Parrillo)
Robert Parker .... driver: East Coast
Dan Paustian .... driver: East Coast (as Daniel J. Paustian)
C. William Prink .... driver: East Coast
Chuck Ramsey .... driver
Raúl Rivera .... transportation captain: Puerto Rico (as Raul Rivera)
Dan Romero .... transportation coordinator
Doug Salomone .... driver: East Coast
Thomas Sammut .... driver: East Coast
Mike Shannon .... driver: East Coast (as Michael Shannon)
Stephen Silva .... driver: East Coast (as Steve Silva)
Michael Simone .... driver: East Coast
Stanley Storc .... transportation captain (as Stan Storc)
Clayton Andrew Sweet .... driver: East Coast
Ronald J. Tartaglia Jr. .... driver: East Coast
Ernest J. Thibault .... driver: East Coast
Shannon Winters .... driver: East Coast
Dean Winton .... driver
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Kathryn Moll .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Storc .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Abraham .... cultural advisor: Africa (as Dr. Arthur Abraham)
Arthur Abraham .... language advisor: Africa (as Dr. Arthur Abraham)
Todd J. Adelman .... medic (as Dr. Todd J. Adelman DCH)
Michael Altman .... projectionist
Kokayi Ampah .... supervising location manager
Leslie Barnett .... assistant: Mr. Wilson
Mei-Ling Belmont .... staff assistant: Puerto Rico
Nicholas Bernstein .... location manager: East Coast (as Nick Bernstein)
Sundai Brown .... set production assistant
John C. Chaney .... personal assistant: Mr. McConaughey
Bob Collins .... stand-in
Teresa Conners .... set production assistant: East Coast
Mike Cuevas .... office production assistant
Chris Daywalt .... safety coordinator
Maria DeVane .... post production accountant
Michael Douglas .... marine team
Peter J. Dowd Jr. .... set production assistant: East Coast (as Peter Dowd)
Johnny Egan .... set production assistant: East Coast (as John J. Eagan III)
Luis R. Estrella-Rivera .... location assistant: Puerto Rico (as Luis R. Estrella)
Marc Fusco .... production assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Matt Galvin .... office production assistant: East Coast
Cheryl Gibson .... assistant accountant
Bill Glesne .... marine team
René González .... projectionist (as Rene Gonzalez)
Mark Gustawes .... personal assistant: Mr. McConaughey
Tina Hamilton .... set production assistant: East Coast
Rick Hicks .... marine team
Boysie Jereza .... payroll accountant
Clifton Johnson .... researcher (as Dr. Clifton Johnson)
Joy Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Parkes
Ed Johnston .... u.s. african search
Karen R. Jones .... unit publicist
Harry L. Julian Jr. .... assistant marine coordinator
Harry L. Julian Sr. .... marine coordinator
Suzanne Jurva .... head of research
Isabelle Kostic Crosley .... assistant location manager: East Coast (as Isabelle Kostic)
Linda Kroll .... assistant: Ms. MacDonald
Mark A. Kurtz .... office production assistant (as Mark Kurtz)
Mark Lazo .... office production assistant: East Coast
James D. Lee .... location assistant: East Coast (as James Lee)
James MacDonald .... set medic: East Coast (as Jim MacDonald)
Kara Malkovich .... set production assistant: East Coast (as Kara Maria Malkovich)
Brian Mannain .... location assistant: East Coast
Cyndi Martin .... set production assistant: East Coast
Mike Mason .... research assistant (as Michael Mason)
Bill McAdams Jr. .... stand-in (as William McAdams)
Mickie McGowan .... adr group coordinator
Jason D. McIlroy .... marine team
Sandra McNeil .... studio teacher
Ines Mongil-Echandi .... production coordinator: Puerto Rico
Karen Mouton .... assistant: Ms. Allen
Elizabeth Nye .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Luz Eneida Núñez .... location manager: Puerto Rico (as Eneida Nunez)
Terrell O'Neal .... stand-in
Margaret J. Orlando .... assistant production coordinator: East Coast (as Margaret Orlando)
Jay Ostrowski .... set production assistant
Al Perry .... marine team
Quentin Pierre .... personal assistant: Mr. Freeman
Stanley W. Pratt .... catering chef: Rick Brainin Catering
Susan Ray .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
I. Renoir .... researcher (as Renoir I)
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... animal trainer (as Sled Reynolds)
Christina Rollo .... assistant production coordinator
Marc Roskin .... set production assistant (as Marc 'Rosco' Roskin)
Peggy Rosson .... production accountant (as Peggy Ann Rosson)
Mark Russell .... assistant: Ms. Curtis
Ralph Scott .... research assistant
Melissa Sheridan .... office production assistant: East Coast
Jim Slabacheski .... stand-in
Nick Spetsiotis .... assistant marine coordinator
Janna Stern .... script supervisor
Michael Swafford .... first assistant accountant
Alison A. Taylor .... assistant location manager
Sofia Tirado .... staff assistant: Puerto Rico
Jim Turner .... production controller
Nadia Venesse .... dialect coach
Kimberly Verros .... assistant production coordinator
Andrew Ward .... key set production assistant
Scott Watanabe .... assistant accountant
Robert West .... production office coordinator
Jomo Kenyatta Wilson .... set production assistant: East Coast (as Jomo K. Wilson)
Keri Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Robert Wong .... marine team (as Rob Wong)
John 'Magic' Wright .... craft service (as John C.V. Wright)
Paul O. Wright .... craft service (as Paul Wright)
Donald E. Wygal .... office production assistant (as Don Wygal)
Deborah Ambrosino .... milliner (uncredited)
Tim Bailes .... marine technical advisor (uncredited)
Melissa Binder .... textile artist (uncredited)
Matthew E. Chausse .... production assistant: Newport (uncredited)
Michael Deak .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Gleanna Doyle .... animal trainer: dog (uncredited)
Michael Haro .... location manager (uncredited)
Steve Johnson .... prosthetic effects creator (uncredited)
Jim Lipman .... boat captain (uncredited)
Armando Milanes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter V.O. Moore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cory C. Myler .... assistant: Mr. Parkes (uncredited)
Matthew E. Pado .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominick Scarola .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Strong .... production intern (uncredited)
Tony Swatton .... sword maker (uncredited)
Miles Teves .... visual development (uncredited)
Mariana Tosca .... body double (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lerone Bennett .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Lerone Bennett)
Glenda Dickerson .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Glenda Dickerson)
Leslee Feldman .... the producers wish to thank: DreamWorks Casting
John Hope Franklin .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor John Hope Franklin)
Henry Louis Gates .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
Joseph E. Harris .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Joseph E. Harris)
Howard Jones .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Howard Jones)
Lester P. Monts .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Lester P. Monts)
William A. Owens .... the producers wish to acknowledge: his book "Black Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad" as a major source of reference material
Edward Reynolds .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Edward Reynolds)
Rebecca Scott .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Rebecca Scott)
Dominique Sportiche .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Dominique Sportiche)
Eleanor Traylor .... the producers wish to thank (as Professor Eleanor Traylor)
 
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Denzel Washington and Cuba Gooding Jr. turned down the role of Cinque. Gooding later regretted his decision.See more »
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Errors in geography: On the Portuguese ship "Tecora" in Cinque's flashback, everyone speaks Spanish with Mexican accents.See more »
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Ruiz:[to Pedro Montes] That one wants us to sail them back. That one thinks he can sail all the way back without us.
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73 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Freedom's Cry, 15 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I can say that back when I was a lad going to school in the Fifties and Sixties in Brooklyn, New York USA, we never learned of such things as the Amistad revolt. For that matter we learned nothing of Denmark Vesey's or Nat Turner's slave revolt. We learned about the Civil War and what led up to it. But the plight of the slaves themselves, not a word.

So when Steven Spielberg did this film about an incident known to serious historians, but not to the public at large, I say BRAVO to Mr. Spielberg.

What has to be remembered here is that the while slavery was legal, the importation of slaves had been banned for quite some time by 1839. The Africans depicted here are forbidden to be slaves in the first place.

It was hoped that when the Constitution got going in 1789 that slavery might die on its own accord. But unfortunately a guy named Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin which was a device for picking through the pesky seeds in the cotton fibers. That made cotton THE crop of the south and gave slavery a new lease on life. And as you see in Amistad anything that threatened the life of what the south was pleased to call it's "peculiar institution" was a call to arms.

Amistad gives us the portrait of two United States presidents. The current one in 1839 is Martin Van Buren who's probably best known for being the real founder of the Democratic party political machine. He succeeded Andrew Jackson on March 4, 1837 and promptly was greeted with a bank panic that led to a depression. His chances for re-election in 1840 were not looking good to start with and he was exceptionally vulnerable to southern pressure. Ironically enough his last bid for public office was in 1848 as the third party presidential candidate of the Free Soil anti-slavery party. Nigel Hawthorne captures Van Buren, a man who always played his cards close to the vest.

A very different sort was John Quincy Adams our sixth president from 1825 to 1829. His presidency was probably the least successful time in his whole public career which starts as teenager during the American Revolution. He undertook a series of diplomatic assignments culminating with being Secretary of State under James Monroe from 1817 to 1825. Of course he was the son of our second president John Adams and like his father refused to do even the normal political things that could have gotten him re-elected.

As an ex-President he was serving in the House of Representatives in 1839 one of only two whoever went back to Congress after their presidential term was up. By this time he was a passionate abolitionist and the pleading of the cause of the Amistad slaves was an opportunity and a challenge. Anthony Hopkins captures the man who was now called Old Man Eloquent down to his clipped New England speech.

What happens briefly is that a cargo of Africans on a Spanish slaver revolted mid sea and killed all but two on board. Those two were preserved because the Africans didn't know anything of seamanship. The two remaining steered the ship Amistad to Long Island where the whole story is discovered. The Africans become a legal and political football all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Other performances to note are Morgan Freeman as black free man Theodore Joadson, Stellan Skarsgaard as abolitionist Lewis Tappan, Matthew McConaughey as attorney Roger Baldwin and most of all Djimon Hounsou as Cinque the leader of the African's revolt.

Before his story is told the attorneys have to learn the language and Spielberg graphically portrays their struggle for communication. Hounsou's portrayal of a man in an alien world who's only desire is to go back where he came from will sear your very soul.

Amistad is grand entertainment and a needed history lesson about man's need for and willingness to fight to be his own master.

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