Amazing Grace – the movie

Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce, powerfully portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd (BLACK HAWK DOWN), the man who championed the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. His life was also an astounding spiritual and moral quest, and he is an inspiration to millions to this day. Elected to Parliament at age 29, Wilberforce led a diverse coalition of believers in a decades-long struggle to end the lucrative but dehumanizing slave trade. Wilberforce was aided by slave trader-turned abolitionist Rev. John Newton (Finney, ERIN BROCKOVICH) and by his spirited wife and political compatriot Barbara Spooner (Garai, VANITY FAIR). AMAZING GRACE tells a story of how one man can change the world.

Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted has crafted a brilliant account of his perseverance, showing how an exhausted Wilberforce—repeatedly defeated by British Parliamentarians determined to protect the slave trade—musters the strength for the final, all-important battle against injustice. The film is lush with period detail and filled with tremendous performances. Look for it in theaters everywhere Feb. 23, 2007.

Make it an event by educating your students with a free study guide for your 9-12 graders and then take them to see the film opening weekend! To download the study guide visit the film’s official website:

Release date: Feb. 23, 2007


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