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Basics Critics:64Viewers:71Rusty:79
Category: Bio/History, DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Mystery, Historical fiction, DramaMain subject: slavery in the United States, United States v. The Amistad, La Amistad Slave RevoltNarrative location: New York, Washington, D.C., Cuba, Connecticut, AmistadRuntime: 152 - 155 minutesColor: colorLanguage: Spanish, English, MendeCountry: United StatesFilming location: Connecticut, Rhode Island State HouseDirector: Steven SpielbergScreenwriter: David FranzoniMusic: John WilliamsCinematography: Janusz KamińskiStars: Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgård Producer: Debbie Allen, Steven Spielberg, Colin WilsonStudio: HBO FilmsAwards won: European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award (Stellan Skarsgård)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Janusz Kamiński)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score (John Williams)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on the notable uprising in 1839 by newly abducted Mende tribesmen who took control of the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by a U.S. revenue cutter. It became a United States Supreme Court case of 1841. Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, and Matthew McConaughey had starring roles. David Franzoni's screenplay was based on the book Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy, by the historian Howard Jones.

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