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Amazing Grace chronicles the "must see" (O, The Oprah
Magazine) story of William Wilberforce, the pioneer who maneuvered his way
through 18th century politics to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire
and changed the world. Directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, Coal
Miner's Daughter) from the original screenplay written by Academy Award® nominee
Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), the film stars Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), multi-award winner Albert
Brockovich, A Good Year), Golden Globe nominee** Michael Gambon (Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), Grammy Award
winner Youssou N'Dour and Ciarán Hinds (TV's "Rome"). Amazing Grace boasts
interactive study guides and discussion tools for a deeper look into this
historically-based story and other features including "How Sweet the Sound: The
Making of Amazing Grace," director and cast audio commentary and
Amazing Grace, from acclaimed director, Michael Apted, tells the
inspiring story of how one man's passion and perseverance changed the world.
Based on the true-life story of William Wilberforce (Gruffudd), a leader of the
British abolition movement, the film chronicles his epic struggle to pass a law
to end the slave trade in the late 18th century.
Along the way, Wilberforce
meets intense opposition from members of Parliament who feel the slave trade is
tied to the stability of the British Empire. Several friends, including
Wilberforce's minister, John Newton (Finney), a reformed slave ship captain who
penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through.
The Amazing Grace DVD is presented in widescreen format
with English Dolby Digital
5.1 plus English, Spanish and French subtitles.
Additional bonus content includes:
• Audio Commentary with Director Michael
Apted and Ioan Gruffudd
• "How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace" -
documentary provides an in-depth look at the making of the
film and the story's
relevance to today.
• "Finding Freedom" - A Tour of
the National Underground Railroad Freedom
Center providing factual
information about modern-day slavery practices.
• Interactive Discussion
Tools and Study Guides - The discussion guides provide
questions that can be printed out for use in classrooms or bible
• Music video of Grammy Nominee Chris Tomlin's version of "Amazing