Honestly, we rented it only because our daughter's name is Grace. And we were slow to watch it because it looked like it would be one of those stodgy, slow-moving, historical dramas. Boy, were we wrong. It was one of the most moving, heartfelt, stunning films I've ever seen. It's on a par with the best historical drama I'd previously seen, "A Man for All Seasons," but with a story that has much more contemporary relevance. Tremendous acting, great script, great story. It's just an outstanding movie in all respects. I'm surprised it didn't get more accolades when it was released. It surely deserved every plaudit it received, and more.
I loved this film. It has just the right amount of excellent production values, great acting, attractive young stars – some distinguished older ones – and a magnificent history lesson. When I think of slavery, I generally focus upon the Americas or ancient civilizations and have never been totally aware of the importance of slavery to the economies of such European countries as England and France during the Eighteenth Century. Amazing Grace – taken from the hymn written by John Newton who was a former slave trader – is the story of William Wilberforce (1759-1833) who tirelessly fought for social reform and the end of the slave trade in England.Wilberforce was a dynamic man and an extraordinary orator who entered politics as a very young man. He campaigned for many causes including the reformation of manners and the Society for the Suppression of Vice, free education for the poor, the introduction of Christianity to India, the foundation of the Church Mission Society, and the Society f…
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