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The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

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In 1797, William Wilberforce, the great crusader for the British abolition of slavery, is taking a vacation for his health even while he is sicker at heart for his frustrated cause. However, meeting the charming Barbara Spooner, Wilberforce finds a soulmate to share the story of his struggle. With few allies such as his mentor, John Newton, a slave ship captain turned repentant priest who penned the great hymn, "Amazing Grace," Prime William Pitt, and Olaudah Equiano, the erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fruitlessly fights both public indifference and moneyed opposition determined to keep their exploitation safe. Nevertheless, Wilberforce finds the inspiration in newfound love to rejuvenate the fight with new ideas that would lead to a great victory for social justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language | See all certifications »

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£431,967 (UK) (23 March 2007)

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$21,208,358 (USA) (8 June 2007)
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Trivia

The scene where William Wilberforce sings "Amazing Grace" at the card house was actually directly sung from Ioan Gruffudd at that moment. In the last several takes, a playback was used, but it is Ioan singing. Director Michael Apted had no idea whether or not Gruffudd could actually sing. Little did he know, Ioan is an accomplished soloist and choir singer. With a little practice, Ioan performed for the first time on set while the cameras were rolling. All much to the surprise of the cast, crew and director. See more »

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At several points in the movie we see handshakes, notably Wilburforce with other MPs. Handshaking was popularized by John Adams in America to replace bowing, which Adams considered submissive and not fitting a government of the people. Handshaking did not arrive as an accepted form of greeting in Great Britain until much later (some say the 1850s). See more »

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MP Abolition supporter: I sent a note of thanks to those who voted for us.
Thomas Clarkson: [sarcastically] Oh, how sweet of you.
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Haydn Opus 64, Nos. 2, 4 and 5
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
Performed by Quattro Mosaiques
Courtesy of Astree Records
by arrangement with Source Q
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Moving period drama
5 February 2007 | by (Edinburgh,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was well impressed with Amazing Grace; the period was superbly captured, and the interplay of the main action (the fight of William Wilberforce to abolish British slavery) with the other great events of his time (the American and French revolutions) was well presented. The film stirs the emotions but informs the mind. Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce is believable and depicts the tenacious Yorkshire MP with both his bodily weakness and great spirit well. Albert Finney as John Newton renders a moving portrayal of the ex-slave trader turned evangelical minister who influences Wilberforce's decision to remain in politics rather than entering the ministry of the church. Benedict Cumberbatch gives a strong representation of William Pitt, and the overall impression of the film is one whose history has been well researched. Well worth a viewing.


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