1997 Steven Spielberg movie about the slave trade in the early 19th century

Amistad is a 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the events in 1839 aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by the Washington, a U.S. revenue cutter. The case was ultimately resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841.

Cast and Crew

Anthony HopkinsJohn Quincy Adams
Steven SpielbergDirector, producer

Web Pages

Amistad (1997) - IMDb

Video Products

Amistad (1997), 4 May 1999


Amistad (1997)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
Libertarian content: one of the best. Entertainment value: above average.
"This is a great example of the importance of individual action in making liberty a reality. ... As the proper inheritors of the Abolitionist tradition—nowadays opposing slavery in all its manifestations and degrees—libertarians will find this and inspiring historical drama."


Amistad - Trailer, 10 Dec 1997

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