Amistad (1997)

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In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams also becomes an ally.

Rotten Tomatoes: Certified Fresh 76% / Audience 79%

7/10

Rated R 2 hr 35 mins

GENRES
Drama • History • Mystery
DIRECTION
Steven Spielberg
CAST
Nigel Hawthorne  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Djimon Hounsou  •  Morgan Freeman

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Nigel Hawthorne Martin Van Buren
Anthony Hopkins John Quincy Adams
Djimon Hounsou Cinque
Morgan Freeman Theodore
Chiwetel Ejiofor Ens. James Covey
Matthew McConaughey Roger Sherman Baldwin
David Paymer Secretary John Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård Tappan
Anna Paquin Queen Isabella
Tomás Milián Calderon
John Ortiz Montes