- Original title
- Running time
- 155 min.
- United States
Daniel Von Bargen,
Drama | 19th Century. Slavery. Racism. Based On A True Story
- Synopsis / Plot
- Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don't speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release.
: 4 Nominations for Oscar: Sup. Actor (Hopkins), Cinematography, Costume Design, OST
: 4 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Director (Spielberg), Movie Drama
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Hopkins). 2 Nominations
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hopkins)
1997: Chicago Film Critics Association: 2 Nom., incl. Best Supp. Actor (Hopkins)
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