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Ill Gotten Gains (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, History  |  5 December 1997 (USA)
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WEST AFRICA 1869 - Slave trade is illegal. There is a revolt on a slave ship - twenty four men fight for their lives. Out-gunned, the revolt fails but a second uprising is planned.

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WEST AFRICA 1869 - Slave trade is illegal. There is a revolt on a slave ship - twenty four men fight for their lives. Out-gunned, the revolt fails but a second uprising is planned. Written by Man Wei Tam <webm@spats.com>

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Rated R for brutal violence including rape, pervasive strong language and some sexual content
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Honest and gripping, excellent movie
14 March 1999 | by (Pasadena) – See all my reviews

An amazing fact about this movie is it was filmed on the same boat as Amistad and also features Djimon Honsou in a starring role - even more amazing though is it had its premiere at the pan-african film festival before Amistad even started shooting. In a very eery and cunning way, modern street language is used to convey to us that although we appear to be in the hold of a slaveship in the nineteenth century we are actually on the streets of modern American 'urban' settings. This is a far more honest and revealing film about racism and slavery than the fluff piece 'Amistad'. I went to see this film three times before all the fine nuances became apparent to me. A hard and often harsh film but a must see if you really want to deal with the issues.


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