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Ill Gotten Gains (1997)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Djimon Hounsou ... Fyah
Akosua Busia ... Fey
De'aundre Bonds ... Pop
Eartha Kitt ... The Wood (voice)
Reg E. Cathey ... Nassor
Tom Fitzpatrick ... Jeremiah
Mario Gardner Mario Gardner ... Barc
Clabe Hartley Clabe Hartley ... Skinner
Jamillah Nicole Jamillah Nicole ... Fa
Tom Taglang Tom Taglang ... Cowlie
Tony Torn Tony Torn ... The Vet
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ... Cooper
Claudia Robinson Claudia Robinson ... Femi
Tamael Tamael
Glen Beaudin Glen Beaudin


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






Release Date:

5 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cameroon See more »

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Spats Inc. See more »
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Djimon Hounsou's first film. See more »


Fa: We've gotta get out of this hell.
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Truthfulness instead of Hollywood political correctness
29 April 2001 | by enidwardSee all my reviews

I didn't see this movie during its theatrical release but heard much about it and now I've been able to screen it on video.

Although obviously produced on a low budget - which actually adds to the simple honesty of the presentation -- it is one of the most searing filmed accounts of the greatest human tragedy ever perpetrated. Namely slavery.

If you want a Hollywood stereotypical version of racial injustice this is not for you. "Amistad" which also purported to be about an uprising on a slave ship was nothing more than a courtroom drama in the Perry Mason style with angry looking African Americans and the mandatory sympathetic white man.

In "Ill Gotten Gains" you feel the real shame and degredation endured by the captives. And the perverse power enjoyed by the captors.

The movie while not a box office success -- how could it be through reopening this, our nation's most shameful secret -- should be seen by youngsters of all races to get a truthful, unblemished and authentic account of this inglorious stain in our history books.

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