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Amazing Grace (2018)

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A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aretha Franklin ... Herself (archive footage)
Reverand James Cleveland Reverand James Cleveland ... Himself (archive footage) (as James Cleveland)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Southern California Community Choir Southern California Community Choir ... Themselves
C.L. Franklin C.L. Franklin ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton ... Himself (archive footage)
Bernard Pretty Purdie Bernard Pretty Purdie ... Himself (archive footage) (as Bernard Purdie)
Chuck Rainey Chuck Rainey ... Himself (archive footage)
Clara Ward ... Herself (archive footage)
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A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

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Documentary | Music

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USA

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English

Release Date:

10 May 2019 (UK) See more »

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Amazing Grace See more »

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$3,728,229, 19 May 2019
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1.78 : 1
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Director Sydney Pollack was totally inexperienced in shooting music documentary and shot without clapper boards snapping shut at the beginning of each take to help synchronize sound and picture in post-production. As a result of this mistake, even after months of work by experts, the 20 hours of footage couldn't be synchronized with the audio tracks. The choir director from the Watts recordings was brought in to try to lip-read the reels, but after months of work, only about 150 minutes of footage had been matched with sound, none of it adding up to a complete, useable song. Deadlines passed as the "Amazing Grace" album came out in June 1972, selling millions with no synergy. In August, Warner Bros. officially wrote off and shelved the movie. Pollack never gave up on the project, but constantly had other commitments. In 2007, dying of cancer, Pollack finally handed the documentary project over to producer and music enthusiast Alan Elliott. See more »

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The film concludes with a 1972-era Warner Bros. ending card, even though WB technically no longer has any ties to the film, to suggest how it would have played out had the project been completed and released when initially intended. See more »

Soundtracks

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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Aretha's best
7 April 2019 | by EricScottReed-1See all my reviews

I've been waiting all my life to see this movie; I'd read inside the album jacket that it was filmed for Warner Bros., but could never find out where it was! Seeing the movements matching everything I digested on this record was like a dream. For me, the entire concert could've just been Aretha, James Cleveland, and organist Ken Lupper, and it still would've been great. I suppose I can understand why Aretha wanted her band to be present, but it seemed mismatched in this setting.


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