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AmistadIn 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt.
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Directors of "Amistad"Steven SpielbergBirthdate: 18 December 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Creators of "Amistad"David FranzoniBirthdate: 4 March 1947
Critic Reviews of "Amistad"Time OutJune 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.San Francisco ChronicleJune 18, 2002
In Amistad, an admirable but disappointing effort...[Speilberg] veers between stoic political correctness and mushy Hollywood platitudes.Globe and MailApril 12, 2002
Spielberg seems to be dividing his filmmaking output into two distinct halves: in the summer months cranking out no-brainer dinosaur flicks...in the winter season unveiling his serious artistic stuff to edify the adults and woo the Oscar crowd.ReelViewsJanuary 01, 2000
Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact.USA TodayJanuary 01, 2000
As Spielberg vehicles go, Amistad -- part mystery, action thriller, courtroom drama, even culture-clash comedy -- lands between the disturbing lyricism of Schindler's List and the storybook artificiality of The Color Purple.Houston ChronicleJanuary 01, 2000
Halfway into Amistad comes the point where Steven Spielberg pulls the lever, and the stink and horror and bestialities of slavery spill around our ankles. We can't look away.Common Sense MediaDecember 21, 2010
Powerful story for mid-teens and up.Combustible CelluloidMay 26, 2006
Amistad is worth seeing just for people to know about this important story, this moment in history. But from the world's most powerful, successful and famous director, we expect more.EmanuelLevy.ComFebruary 13, 2006
Aiming to instruct and entertain, and often struggling to reconcile these goals, Amistad lacks the subtlety of tone and simplicity of form that made Schindler's List one of Spielberg's very best; here, however, every idea and image are too explicit.Film ThreatDecember 06, 2005
Fortunately, the dry, courtroom banter is interjected with powerful accounts of the violent, inhumane atrocities inflicted on the slaves by Spanish merchants.Reeling ReviewsApril 09, 2005
Amistad is the telling of an interesting event in American history, but doesn't draw its audience in to the heart of the story.Looking CloserDecember 06, 2004
This is the most straightforward, understated, and powerful big-screen representation of the gospel in recent movie history. And for that, Amistad should be recommended to everyone.
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