Daily Archives: March 1, 2007

Amazing Grace, The Movie


Here is the official website of the movie Amazing Grace click here 

Here is the film overview

Film Overview

Amazing Grace, based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, is directed by Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Coal Miner’s Daughter) from an original screenplay written by Academy Award® nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things).The film stars Ioan Gruffudd (Black Hawk Down), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich), Romola Garai (Vanity Fair), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking), Rufus Sewell (Legend of Zorro), Ciaran Hinds (Rome) and introduces Youssou N’Dour.Executive Producer is Jeanney Kim, with Mark Cooper as co-producer. Producers on the film are Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) and Ed Pressman under their Sunflower Productions banner, Patricia Heaton and David Hunt for FourBoys Films, and Ken Wales.Gruffudd plays Wilberforce, who, as a Member of Parliament, navigated the world of 18th Century backroom politics to end the slave trade in the
British Empire.
Albert Finney plays John Newton, a confidante of Wilberforce who inspires him to pursue a life of service to humanity. Benedict Cumberbatch is William Pitt the Younger, England’s youngest ever Prime Minister at the age of 24, who encourages his friend Wilberforce to take up the fight to outlaw slavery and supports him in his struggles in Parliament.Elected to the House of Commons at the age of 21, and on his way to a successful political career, Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end the inhumane trade of slavery.
Romola Garai plays Barbara Spooner, a beautiful and headstrong young woman who shares Wilberforce’s passion for reform, and who becomes his wife after a whirlwind courtship. Youssou N’Dour is Olaudah Equiano. Born in Africa and sent as a slave to the Colonies, Equiano bought his freedom and made his home in
London, where he wrote a best-selling account of his life and became a leading figure in the fight to end the slavery of his fellow countrymen.

Here is the story of John Newton, Writer of Amazing Grace.

John Newton’s auto bio here

At Cyber Hymnal, the music here

My review:

the Good: It was an awesome movie, I got very weepy, (but that’s probably just the state of mind I’m in recently) good acting, (to my untrained eye) convincingly England (is
England always so dreary?)

The Bad: not enough John Newton in it. Only the first verse of Amazing Grace got sung, twice. Not nearly enough references to God.

Really, tho, good flick, the plight of the times, slave trading was portrayed well. It’s so sad to know that this kind of thing still goes on, in many different forms.

 I was stunned to see that the trials and wrongdoings of people in that day, are the same as in our day. You would have hoped it was better, but alas, we are a sinful sort.

In the movie John Newton is writing a confession of sorts and I would love to read that.

WW (William Wilberforce) bio here

If it’s true the way WW got the ships to stop carrying slaves, then I say more power to him!

With all this said, it was great movie; all ages can see it and enjoy it. Maybe even a good home school movie!

We are all a work of Gods hands, and are to be treated with respect and dignity as an image of our maker.

Ge 1:27 – God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

  Ps 102:18 – This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.

Ps 104:30 -You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground. Ps 148:5 -Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created Eze 28:15 – “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you.

Mal 2:10 -“Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? 
Eph 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

1Ti 4:4 -For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;  

Blessings on your day!