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


Amistad (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on the notable mutiny in 1839 by newly captured Mende slaves who took control of the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by a U.S. revenue cutter. It became a United States Supreme Court case of 1841. Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, and Matthew McConaughey had starring roles. David Franzoni's screenplay was based on the book Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy (1987), by the historian Howard Jones. ..."

Cast and Crew

Anthony HopkinsJohn Quincy Adams
Steven SpielbergDirector, producer

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