Amistad (1997)

Freedom is not given. It is our right at birth. But there are some moments when it must be taken.

  • Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1997-12-03
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 891 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: DreamWorks Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
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In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams also becomes an ally.

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    Sound John Williams Original Music Composer
    Directing Steven Spielberg Director
    Production Steven Spielberg Producer
    Production Colin Wilson Producer
    Camera Janusz Kamiński Director of Photography
    Editing Michael Kahn Editor
    Art Rick Carter Production Design
    Production Victoria Thomas Casting
    Writing David Franzoni Screenplay
    Production Bonnie Curtis Associate Producer
    Production Walter F. Parkes Executive Producer
    Crew Jimmy Ortega Stunts
    Crew M. James Arnett Stunt Coordinator
    Crew Seth Arnett Stunts
    Production Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
    Sound Richard C. Franklin Sound Editor
    Sound Charles L. Campbell Supervising Sound Editor
    Art Rosemary Brandenburg Set Decoration
    Costume & Make-Up Ruth E. Carter Costume Design
    Costume & Make-Up Bill Corso Makeup Department Head
    Crew Robert Apisa Stunts
    Crew Henry Kingi Stunts
    Production Debbie Allen Producer
    Production Bob Cooper Co-Executive Producer
    Production Tim Shriver Co-Producer
    Sound Kenneth Wannberg Music Editor
    Crew Keith Woulard Stunts
    Crew Chuck Zito Stunts
    Sound Jeff Clark Sound Editor
    Crew Eric Chambers Stunts
    Crew Frank Ferrara Stunts
    Crew Richard L. Duran Stunts
    Costume & Make-Up Ve Neill Makeup Department Head
    Crew John Escobar Stunts
    Crew Sharon Schaffer Stunts
    Crew Mark Stefanich Stunts
    Sound Ron Judkins Production Sound Mixer
    Production Paul Deason Associate Producer
    Editing Michael Trent Assistant Editor
    Crew William Washington Stunts
    Sound Louis L. Edemann Supervising Sound Editor
    Camera Andrew Cooper Still Photographer
    Sound Ronald Eng Sound Editor
    Lighting David Devlin Gaffer
    Art Ray Fisher Leadman
    Lighting Roger Meilink Rigging Gaffer
    Sound Ed Fassl Sound Editor
    Sound Howard Neiman Sound Editor
    Crew David Williams Stunts
    Sound Leonard T. Geschke Sound Editor
    Sound Chuck Neely Sound Editor
    Crew Pat Romano Stunt Coordinator
    Directing Janna Stern Script Supervisor
    Crew Ingrid Walters Stunts
    Crew Kevin L. Jackson Stunts
    Sound Bruce Richardson Sound Editor
    Sound Gary Krivacek Sound Editor
    Production Tere López Casting
    Crew Irving E. Lewis Stunts
    Crew Mary Fallick Stunts
    Crew Alphonse Walter Stunts
    Crew Donna Wilson Stunts
    Crew Gene Williams Stunts
    Crew Terrence Walters Stunts
    Crew David Noble Stunts
    Crew Lisa Davis Stunts
    Crew Denise Barker Stunts