Amistad is the name of a slave ship travelling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find their way back to Africa. Instead, they are misdirected and when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don’t speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams (Sir Anthony Hopkins) makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release.

Also Known As: Amistad - Das Sklavenschiff, Amistadas, Amistad, Амистад, Амiстад

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    Mervin de Silva

    Watching the movie is like you being transported back in time, to times when there were people who could stand against all odds (without the aid of tools of sophistication which are easily available during our times) to fearlessly proclaim “what is right” not only as Menvisioned in the Declaration of Independence but also the words of “God” that form the very basis of humanity. Magnificently handled by Steven Spielberg and brilliantly portrayed by the inimitable Anthony Hopkins. No wonder Richard Attenborough called him the “greatest actor of his generation”. It is an understatement To say that I was mesmerized by the “summing up” by John Quincy Adams who is fully embraced by this great actor who personifies the very core of the historical figure he portrays. The film is a monument to both Steven Spielberg and Anthony Hopkins for their individual contributions to the field of art