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

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Michael Apted

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Steven Knight
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Ioan Gruffudd ... William Wilberforce
Romola Garai ... Barbara Spooner
Benedict Cumberbatch ... William Pitt
Albert Finney ... John Newton
Michael Gambon ... Lord Charles Fox
Rufus Sewell ... Thomas Clarkson
Youssou N'Dour ... Olaudah Equiano
Ciarán Hinds ... Lord Tarleton (as Ciaran Hinds)
Toby Jones ... Duke of Clarence
Nicholas Farrell ... Henry Thornton
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Marianne Thornton
Jeremy Swift ... Richard the Butler
Stephen Campbell Moore ... James Stephen
Bill Paterson ... Lord Dundas
Nicholas Day ... Sir William Dolben
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In 1797, William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), 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 (Romola Garai), Wilberforce finds a soulmate to share the story of his struggle. With few allies such as his mentor, John Newton (Albert Finney), a slave ship Captain turned repentant Priest who penned the hymn, "Amazing Grace", future Prime Minister William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Olaudah Equiano (Youssou N'Dour), the erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fruitlessly fights 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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Much of the dialogue in the scenes set in the House of Commons was taken from actual transcripts. See more »

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During the hymn Amazing Grace sung at the wedding, Barbara is seen singing "but now am free" but is heard singing "but now I see". See more »

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[first lines]
William Wilberforce: Stop a moment!
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Featured in Chris Tomlin: Amazing Grace (2007) See more »

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Amazing Grace
Lyrics by John Newton
Music by William Walker
Performed by Ioan Gruffudd
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Moving period drama
5 February 2007 | by colin-509See 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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Release Date:

23 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,305,000, 25 February 2007

Gross USA:

$21,250,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,120,360
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