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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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Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack (uncredited)
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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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The voice of a legend. The performance of a lifetime.

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Documentary | Music

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20 hours of footage were shot by five 16mm-cameras on two days. See more »

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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

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 »

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Amazing Grace
Sung by Aretha Franklin
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Amazing Aretha!
17 April 2019 | by babyjaguarSee all my reviews

This is a rare experience for those not understanding the power of Gospel music and WHAT Aretha does with it is pure magic. She understands all the vocal traditions in singing it and her perception of spirituality and artistry are both woven together.

In this documentary by Sydney Pollack, one can see noted people like Mick Jagger seated in the church audience. The interaction of professional studio technicians with actual church goers have an unnerving feel, in the end via Aretha's vocals made them come together. There's a short appearance of Aretha's father, Rev. Franklin who gives a small insight to her childhood.

It's just a wonderful time capsule that has been unearthed for a digital generation to appreciate this musical form. Aretha sings from another plane and sits naturally in this church/recording session like her father says in the film that Aretha Franklin NEVER left the church.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) 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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