Amistad (1997)

Director
Steven Spielberg

Main cast
Nigel Hawthorne; Anthony Hopkins; Djimon Hounsou; Morgan Freeman; Chiwetel Ejiofor

Genres
Drama, History, Mystery

Description
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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