Year of Release: 1997
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Approx. Running Time: 155 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"AMISTAD Is A Superlative Achievement."
-Gene Shalit, TODAY
Steve Spielberg's debut film for DreamWorks Pictures, "AMISTAD," stars a distinguished cast led by Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Honsou and Matthew McConaughey.
Earning acclaim for its film making and power, AMISTAD was honored with four Academy Award nominations; Best Supporting Actor (Hopkins), Best Music, Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography.
Based on a true story, the movie chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship, La Amistad, is seized, these captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling battle ensues that captures the attention of an entire nation, confronting the very foundation of the American justice system. But for the men and women on trial, it is simply a fight for the basic right of all mankind... freedom.
It's been a long time since I last watched this, so I'm going to give it 3 stars until I have a chance to see it again.
Rated R (MPAA)