"Amazing Grace" ~ the movie

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Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:25 am

Amazing Grace

I can highly recommend this movie -– for anyone, but especially for historians, humanitarians, and/or Christians. This movie tells the story of William Wilberforce (played by Ioan Gruffudd, of "Horatio Hornblower" series), the heroic British gentleman and member of Parliament, who, in his own words, was ‘found’ by God (rather than the reverse), and set off on a lifelong quest to ensure that slavery was banned in the British colonies.

As a Christian, William Wilberforce could not abide by the accepted notions of the day regarding African-American slaves. Through his dedicated efforts, he led a twenty-year fight and finally succeeded.

In 1833, just days prior to his death, slavery was banned in the British Empire. But slavery wasn’t the only cause Wilberforce embraced:

“Not limiting himself to just abolitionist work, he dedicated his life to what he called his "two great objects:" abolishing slavery in the British Empire and what he called ‘the reformation of manners [society].’ To this end, he advocated for child labor laws, campaigned for education of the blind and deaf, and founded organizations as diverse as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the National Gallery (of Art). ‘Good causes,’ it has been said, ‘stuck to him like pins to a magnet.’"
[source: below ref. website]

Another featured Abolitionist in the movie was John Newton (played by Albert Finney), who, in his extreme suffering of guilt after he converted to Christianity and experienced an awakening, realizing what he’d done as a Captain of a slave ship by transporting thousands of slaves, wrote “Amazing Grace” (and many other hymns). Check out the extra features to hear the full story of the development of this memorable song.

Truly, these men lived lives worth honoring.


(DVD available for rent 11/13/07)

Issue of children viewing:
If any of you might be concerned about children watching this film because of the content, depending on their age and sensitivities, you might want to watch it first yourself. The film discusses violence endured by slaves, sometimes in graphic details.
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Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:35 pm

Tex - thanks for the review. This is one that definately looks worth renting. It seems to get harder and harder to find good movies.

I remember eons ago in an English Lit class the prof mentioned that there are only so many plots (20 it seems? maybe you know Tex) and after those are all used everything is just a repeat.
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