R | | Drama, History
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Stellan Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Chiwetel Ejiofor who are in this film play comic book characters. Freeman will play in The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012). Hopkins went on to play Odin in the Thor ... ...
That one wants us to sail them back. That one thinks he can sail all the way back without us.
When the judge rules that the Africans are freed and Baldwin hugs Joadson, Baldwin's sideburn falls off. It then reappears on his face in the next shot.
The events depicted did not historically occur at Fort El Morro
The board of film censors of Jamaica have excised the opening scenes, depicting a violent slave uprising on a ship, from all copies of the film released in Jamaican theatres.
English, Mende, Spanish, Portuguese
$4,661,866 (USA) (14 December 1997)
$44,175,394 (USA) (5 April 1998)