Format: DVD 2004
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 11 copies
Available (9)
Location Collection Call #
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Video DVD-AMISTA
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Video
Call Number  DVD-AMISTA
CLP - Homewood Audiovisual Collection DVD Amistad
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  DVD Amistad
CLP - Lawrenceville Audiovisual Collection DVD Amistad
Location  CLP - Lawrenceville
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  DVD Amistad
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Audiovisual SVD-020a
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  SVD-020a
Carnegie Library of Homestead AV DVD Amis
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  AV
Call Number  DVD Amis
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Audio Visual DVD AMI DRAMA
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  DVD AMI DRAMA
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Movies DVD AMISTAD
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Movies
Call Number  DVD AMISTAD
Sewickley Public Library AV - DVDs DVD AMI
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  AV - DVDs
Call Number  DVD AMI
Western Allegheny Community Library Audiovisual YA DVD AMISTAD
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Audiovisual
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Audiovisual Collection CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual IN TRANSIT
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Audio Visual
This Steven Spielberg-directed exploration into a long-ago episode in African-American history recounts the trial that followed the 1839 rebellion aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad and captures the complex political maneuverings set in motion by the event. Filmed in New England and Puerto Rico, the 152-minute drama opens with a pre-credit sequence showing Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) and the other Africans in a violent takeover of the Amistad. Captured, they are imprisoned in New England where former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman), viewing the rebels as "freedom fighters," approaches property lawyer Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), who attempts to prove the Africans were "stolen goods" because they were kidnapped. Running for re-election, President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) overturns the lower court's decision in favor of the Africans. Former President John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) is reluctant to become involved, but when the case moves on to the Supreme Court, Adams stirs emotions with a powerful defense. The storyline occasionally cuts away to Spain where the young Queen Isabella (Anna Paquin) plays with dolls; she later debated the Amistad case with seven U.S. presidents. The character portrayed by Morgan Freeman is a fictional composite of several historical figures. For authentic speech, the Africans speak the Mende language, subtitled during some scenes but not others. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
An Epic journey of one man's fight for his life & his freedom.
Additional Information
Subjects Cinque -- Drama.
Adams, John Quincy, -- 1767-1848 -- Drama.
Amistad (Schooner) -- Drama.
Slave insurrections -- United States -- Drama.
Trials (Mutiny) -- United States -- Drama.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Universal City, CA :DreamWorks,2004
Edition Widescreen version.
Contributors Parkes, Walter F.
MacDonald, Laurie.
Spielberg, Steven, 1946-
Allen, Debbie, 1950-
Wilson, Colin, 1931-2013.
Franzoni, David.
Freeman, Morgan.
Hawthorne, Nigel.
Hopkins, Anthony, 1937-
Hounsou, Djimon, 1964-
McConaughey, Matthew, 1969-
Paymer, David.
Postlethwaite, Pete.
Skarsgård, Stellan.
Dreamworks Pictures.
HBO Pictures.
DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm)
Participants/Performers Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgård.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Janusz Kaminski ; film editor, Michael Kahn ; music, John Williams.
Audience MPAA rating: R.
Language English
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
Special features include: production notes; cast and crew bios; theatrical trailer; behind the scenes featurette.
System Details DVD; region 1; NTSC; Dolby digital 5.1 surround; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation.
Description 1 videodisc (155 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0783231202
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