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Steven Spielberg (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Steven Spielberg's lengthy historical courtroom drama has its moments of pure visual poetry, but it fails to ignite the same moral outrage that Schindler's List so poignantly evoked. In 1839, a shipload of men from Sierra Leone who are destined to become slaves overpower their captors, killing all but two crew members needed to navigate them back to Africa. Betrayed, intercepted in American waters and charged with murder, the men's only hope for justice lies with the Abolitionist movement and an inexperienced lawyer. Anthony Hopkins and Matthew McConaughey lead the all-star cast, and there's an amazing debut by Djimon Hounsou as the leader of the captives. Although flawed, this chilling movie further reveals Spielberg's skill as an expert film-maker unafraid of tackling heavy political issues.


African slaves seize control of the vessel transporting them to Spain in 1839. Two surviving Spanish crewmen steer the ship to America, where the slaves are imprisoned for killing their captors - but an abolitionist lawyer argues the case for granting them their freedom. Steven Spielberg's historical drama, starring Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Djimon Hounsou, Nigel Hawthorne and Pete Postlethwaite.

Cast & Crew

John Quincy Adams Anthony Hopkins
Roger Baldwin Matthew McConaughey
Theodore Joadson Morgan Freeman
Sengbe Pieh, "Cinque" Djimon Hounsou
Martin Van Buren Nigel Hawthorne
Secretary Forsyth David Paymer
Holabird Pete Postlethwaite
Tappan Stellan Skarsgård
Queen Isabella Anna Paquin
Calderon Tomas Milian
Ensign Covey Chiwetel Ejiofor
Lieutenant Gedney Ralph Brown (2)
Judge Juttson Allan Rich
Attorney Paul Guilfoyle (2)
Captain Fitzgerald Peter Firth
Hammond Xander Berkeley
Judge Coglin Jeremy Northam
Professor Gibbs Austin Pendleton
Warden Pendleton Daniel Von Bargen
Mrs Pendleton Rusty Schwimmer
General Espatero Pedro Armendáriz Jr
Prison guard Michael Massee
Missionary Kevin J O'Connor
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: Violence and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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