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.
There is a scene where the men are shown lying on their bunks and their heads are all moving to the rocking motion of the ship. However, there is a chain hanging nearby that is not moving at all. This is because the ship was in port when this scene was filmed and someone out of view was leading all the actors to move their heads to give the impression that the ship was sailing on the high seas.
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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