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.
In Spanish, the word "Amistad" means "friendship".
That one wants us to sail them back. That one thinks he can sail all the way back without us.
The movie suggests that the Spanish slave fortress Lomboko was taken and demolished by the British navy even yet before the return of the Africans to Sierra Leone. In reality the freed men where taken back to Africa in 1842. The ransacking of the slave factory happened only in 1849.
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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