|Reviewed on 2007-03-01|
|Received||[3.5] out of 4 stars|
| Inspired by the true story how William Wilburforce battles slavery in the late 18th and early 19th Century England for almost four decades in Parliament. The director Michael Apted wanted to make a film showing the importance of politics. In the last 10 year plus we almost hate to hear what is happening in Washington, D.C. so he wanted to inspire us. Well this film film shows how hard Wilburforce worked to stop the Slave Trade. The others in Parliament felt it would harm England's economy. Even though it is against freedom and human rights. Have we heard that before?
The cast includes many of the finest actors such as Ioan Gruffudd from TV"s Horatio Hornblower whio plays Wilburforce.
Albert Finney is in the role of John Newton, the sea captain of one of these ships carrying the slaves. He finally realized what he was doing and spent the rest of his life in penitence for his deeds. Newton also wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" . This beautiful song has become part of our lives and loved by all. The movie is not about this song, it is about Wilburforce.
If you like history, biographies, the late 18th century, heroism in politics, influence of religion, divine intervention, and filmed in some of the real locations, then you will like this movie. It is well done.
Another interesting fact is Wilburforce and his friend William Pitt are buried in Westmister Abbey. He is still venerated today.
Your children from 4th grade up will learn also. Don't miss this film.
Marieann Koehler, EntertainmentSpectrum.com