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 781 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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  • Djimon Hounsou

    as Cinque
  • Morgan Freeman

    as Theodore Joadson
  • Matthew McConaughey

    as Roger Sherman Baldwin
  • Anthony Hopkins

    as John Quincy Adams
  • Nigel Hawthorne

    as Martin Van Buren
  • Anna Paquin

    as Queen Isabella
  • David Paymer

    as Secretary John Forsyth
  • Pete Postlethwaite

    as Holabird
  • Stellan Skarsgård

    as Tappan
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor

    as Ens. James Covey
  • Tomás Milián

    as Calderon
  • John Ortiz

    as Montes
  • Ralph Brown

    as Lieutenant Gedney
  • Allan Rich

    as Judge Juttson
  • Paul Guilfoyle

    as Attorney
  • Peter Firth

    as Captain Fitzgerald
  • Jeremy Northam

    as Judge Coglin
  • Arliss Howard

    as John C. Calhoun
  • Rusty Schwimmer

    as Mrs. Pendleton
  • Jake Weber

    as Mr. Wright
  • Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

    as General Espatero
  • Luis Cabrera

    as Spanish Guard
  • Robert Walsh

    as Guardsman
  • Razaaq Adoti

    as Yamba
  • Derrick N. Ashong

    as Buakei
  • Geno Silva

    as Ruiz
  • Darren E. Burrows

    as Lieutenant Meade
  • Xander Berkeley

    as Hammond
  • Abu Bakaar Fofanah

    as Fala
  • Willie Amakye

    as Folowa - Amistad African
  • Luc Assogba

    as Gbatui - Amistad African
  • Mariah Campbell

    as Masery - Amistad African
  • Habib Conteh

    as Bai - Amistad African
  • Stephen Conteh

    as Morlai - Amistad African
  • Monguehy Fanzy

    as Fabanna - Amistad African
  • Jimmy Fotso

    as Kwong - Amistad African
  • Adekunle Ilori

    as Kahei - Amistad African
  • Sheriff Kargbo

    as Almamy - Amistad African
  • Saye Lah

    as Kessebe - Amistad African
  • Sylvestre Massaquoi

    as Santigiie - Amistad African
  • Samson Odede

    as Kpona - Amistad African
  • Chike Okpala

    as Sorie - Amistad African
  • Willie Onafesso

    as Jina - Amistad African
  • Samuel Pieh

    as Suuleh - Amistad African
  • Lansana Sawi

    as Morlu - Amistad African
  • Abu Sidique

    as Tsukama - Amistad African
  • El Hadj Malik Sow

    as Golabu - Amistad African
  • Lamine Thiam

    as Mahmud - Amistad African
  • Austin Pendleton

    as Professor Gibbs
  • Daniel von Bargen

    as Warden Pendleton (as Daniel Von Bargen)
  • Frank T. Wells

    as Crier
  • Michael Massee

    as Prison Guard
  • Roy Cooper

    as Pickney
  • Victor Rivers

    as Captain Ferrar
  • Joseph Kosseh

    as Birmaja
  • Steve Passewe

    as Cinque's In-Law
  • Sherly Acosta Williams

    as Cinque's Wife
  • Matt Sarles

    as Young Aide
  • George Gerdes

    as Marshal
  • Gerald R. Molen

    as Magistrate (as Jerry Molen)
  • Kevin J. O'Connor

    as Missionary
  • Sean McGuirk

    as Courier
  • Tony Owen

    as Farmer
  • William Young

    as Businessman
  • Michael Riley

    as British Officer
  • León Singer

    as Don Pablo (as Leon Singer)
  • Castulo Guerra

    as Spanish Priest
  • Harry Groener

    as Tecora Captain
  • Hawthorne James

    as Creole Cook
  • Ingrid Walters

    as Woman Overboard with Baby
  • Harry A. Blackmun

    as Associate Justice Joseph Story (as The Honorable Harry A. Blackmun)
  • Curtis Shields

    as Bassie - Additional Amistad African
  • Carlos Spivey

    as Chike - Additional Amistad African
  • Charles Udoma

    as Kessebe - Additional Amistad African
  • Andrew L. Josiah

    as Tamba - Additional Amistad African
  • Tony Onafesso

    as Baa - Additional Amistad African
  • Peter Mansaray

    as Kapr - Additional Amistad African
  • Clarence Mobley

    as Kenei - Additional Amistad African
  • Brian Macon

    as Yauai - Additional Amistad African
  • Edward Appiah

    as Followolo - Additional Amistad African
  • Denver Dowridge

    as Kpau - Additional Amistad African
  • Paul Mwakutuya

    as Sessi - Additional Amistad African
  • Rory Burton

    as Vakina - Additional Amistad African
  • Samuel Orekhio

    as Fawni - Additional Amistad African
  • Omo Lara Tosin

    as Kula - Additional Amistad African
  • Ransford Thomas

    as Alkali - Additional Amistad African
  • Juliette Darko

    as Teme - Additional Amistad African
  • Isaac Mayanja

    as Sanpha - Additional Amistad African
  • Charlean Isata Bangalie

    as Margru - Additional Amistad African
  • Roosevelt Flenoury

    as Njaooni - Additional Amistad African
  • M.S. Kaleiwo

    as Kaleiwo - Additional Amistad African
  • Tesfay Yohannes

    as Amistad African Extra
  • George Kamara

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Abdul-Fatai Balogun

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Yaya Sissoko

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Amadou Traore

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Marlon Francis

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Bundu Kamara

    as Amistad African Extra
  • James Moses

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Daniel Reid

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Seydou Coulibaly

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Lawal Tajudeen

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Lester Mombelly

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Ibrahim Sesay

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Jeremy Shelton

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Andrew Shoemo

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Prince Coke

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Ahmed Bangura

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Bernard Singleton

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Desere Mondon

    as Amistad African Extra
  • Baboucar Jobe

    as Amistad African Extra
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
Crew M. James Arnett Stunt Coordinator
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
Production Debbie Allen Producer
Sound Kenneth Wannberg Music Editor
Sound Jeff Clark Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Ve Neill Makeup Department Head
Sound Ron Judkins Production Sound Mixer
Editing Michael Trent Assistant Editor
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
Sound Leonard T. Geschke Sound Editor
Sound Chuck Neely Sound Editor
Directing Janna Stern Script Supervisor
Sound Bruce Richardson Sound Editor
Sound Gary Krivacek Sound Editor
Production Tere López Casting