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Amazing Grace

Behind the song you love is a story you will never forget.

Amazing Grace, a story of idealism, idealists and speaking truth to power, understands there is something inordinately moving and dramatic about a man who stands up for what is right and makes a difference in this life.The man in question is William Wilberforce, who for decades was Parliament's prime mover in the battle to abolish the slave trade in Britain. Wilberforce ended up buried in Westminster Abbey and, when the abolition bill finally passed on March 25, 1807, he was lionized by his peers as a man as influential as Napoleon. But that should blind no one to how much of a struggle it was to end what Wilberforce called "a trade which degrades men to the level of brutes."It is risky, in this cynical and mocking age, to make a determinedly traditional biopic old school enough to use clips of its stars during the end credits, a film willing to focus on the good that men do in the same way works such as "The Life of Emile Zola," "Madame Curie" and "Wilson" did in decades past.Fortunately, director Michael Apted and his team understand the challenges of this kind of story and have met them with intelligence and energy. Working from a script by Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things"), Apted — whose dramatic credits include "Coal Miner's Daughter" and HBO's "Rome" — has managed to be true to the outsized emotions of the story without giving way to sentimentality.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Directed by: 
Michael Apted
Running Time: 
William Wiberforce,
Screenplay by: 
Steven Knight

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