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.
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Nigel Hawthorne play former U.S. Presidents in this movie. They are also both British in real-life, Welsh and English respectively. They have played rulers of England. Hawthorne played King George III in The Madness of King George (1994). Hopkins played King Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter (1968). He also played Prime Minister David Lloyd George in Young Winston (1972). This is also Hopkins' second movie as a U.S. President. He played the title role in Nixon (1995).
That one wants us to sail them back. That one thinks he can sail all the way back without us.
During the first scene with John Quincy Adams, he is being derided by another Congressman. Adams replies by referring to the man as "Representative Pinckney." Although the Pinckneys were a prominent American family in the nation's early years, none of them served in the House at the time of the Amistad case.
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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