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

Directors:

Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aretha Franklin ... Self (archive footage)
James Cleveland James Cleveland ... Self (archive footage)
Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton ... Self - Choir Director (archive footage)
Cornell Dupree Cornell Dupree ... Self - Guitar (archive footage)
Kenny Luper Kenny Luper ... Self - Organ (archive footage)
Poncho Morales Poncho Morales ... Self - Percussion (archive footage)
Bernard Pretty Purdie Bernard Pretty Purdie ... Self - Drums (archive footage) (as Bernard Purdie)
Chuck Rainey Chuck Rainey ... Self - Bass (archive footage)
Christine Adams Christine Adams ... Self - The Southern California Community Choir (archive footage)
Alonzo Atkins Alonzo Atkins ... Self - The Southern California Community Choir (archive footage)
Lucy Ayers Lucy Ayers ... Self - The Southern California Community Choir (archive footage)
James A. Broomfield James A. Broomfield ... Self - The Southern California Community Choir (archive footage)
Eugene Bryant Eugene Bryant ... Self - The Southern California Community Choir (archive footage)
Syndrul Drahe Syndrul Drahe ... Themselves - The Southern California Community Choir (archive footage)
Mary Ann Hall Mary Ann Hall ... Self - The Southern California Community Choir (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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Taglines:

The voice of a legend. The performance of a lifetime.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Rev. Cleveland: We'd like to thank you for coming tonight to the first religious recording session of the Lady Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin. And we want you tonight to be a part of this session. We want you to, you know, let the folks know you're here. There are many of you who have never had the opportunity to hear Aretha sing gospel. You're in tonight for a great thrill. She can sing anything.
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Crazy Credits

Recorded sound continues over the end credits and ends with technicians shouting at people to be quiet. See more »


Soundtracks

Precious Memories
Traditional
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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Amazing Indeed
1 March 2019 | by p-stuemkeSee all my reviews

I saw this at the Berlin International Film Festival where the film celebrated its Europe premiere. I don´t remember having such a great time in a cinema ever. This film is so alive and full of joy it makes you tear up. If you can absolutely go watch this in a cinema full of people. One of the best film experiences I ever had!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazing Grace See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,353, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$4,450,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,796,112
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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