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.
Producer Debbie Allen spent fourteen years shopping this story around Hollywood, before it entered production.
That one wants us to sail them back. That one thinks he can sail all the way back without us.
When Adams and Baldwin are studying books before the Supreme Court hearing, Adams is interrupted by Cinque's translator. While the translator speaks, Adams is holding a magnifying glass over the book, but when the camera angle changes he is suddenly holding a pen and writing with it.
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)
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