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“Amistad” is a historical drama film directed by and written by David Franzoni. The story is based on the true events of the Amistad case of 1839, in which a group of African slaves rebelled against their captors and took control of the ship they were on. The film follows the legal battle that ensued, as the slaves are charged with mutiny and murder, and their fate is debated by politicians, lawyers, and activists.


“Amistad” is a powerful and thought-provoking film that addresses the issue of slavery and human rights. Spielberg's direction is masterful, and the film's attention to historical detail is impressive. The performances by the cast, particularly as the lead slave, are exceptional and convey the emotional weight of the story. The movie is also notable for its portrayal of the legal system and the debates over the morality of slavery, which make it both a compelling legal drama and a historical epic.


“Amistad” received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for , Best Original Dramatic Score for John Williams, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. It also received numerous other nominations and awards, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.


“Amistad” was well-received by audiences and critics upon its release in 1997. The film's depiction of the horrors of slavery and the triumph of human dignity resonated with viewers, and it remains a popular and influential film to this day. The movie's historical accuracy and attention to detail have also made it a valuable resource for educators teaching about slavery and civil rights. Overall, “Amistad” is a powerful and essential film that continues to have an impact on audiences and society.

Directed by
Produced by Debbie Allen, , Colin Wilson
Written by David Franzoni
Starring , , , , , , , ,
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Amblin Entertainment (uncredited)
HBO Pictures
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release date December 10, 1997
Running time 154 minutes
Country United States
Language English Mende Spanish Portuguese
Budget $36 million
Box office $44.2 million

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