Amazing Grace (2006 film)

Amazing Grace is a film directed by Michael Apted from the year 2006. The film's title refers to the eponymous poem by the former slave trader John Newton. World premiere of the film on 16 September 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival. Film's release in the United States was on 23 February 2007, in Germany on 20 September 2011.


The film shows the real story of the young Christian abolitionist William Wilberforce, who is elected at the end of the 18th century in the lower house of the British Parliament. He is committed to the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. He receives this support of John Newton and William Pitt.

The film begins with a seriously ill Wilberforce, who is recovering from his illness in Bath Somerset. With him is his cousin Henry Thornton. Here he is introduced to his future wife, Barbara Spooner. Though he initially struggles against it, it succeeds William elicit his previous life history. The story then jumps to 1782. From there, William recounts the events that have brought him to his current situation. He is an ambitious and popular Member of Parliament, as he is persuaded by his friends William Pitt, Thomas Clarkson, Hannah More and others to promote the dangerous task of abolishing the slave trade. Thus he made in the House of Commons at the deputies of the cities London, Bristol and Liverpool, the very well -deserved in the slave trade, unpopular and subject to first several times with his request.

Burnt out and frustrated that he could not change anything in Parliament, William suffering from colitis. According to this narrative, the plot is returned to the starting point. Because he has given up hope of being able to change something in the slave trade, he is considering to withdraw completely from politics. Barbara convinces him to continue fighting, because if he did not, would not other be able to do it. A few days later marry William and Barbara; With new courage and hope of success, he takes the fight, supported by Thornton, Clarkson and James Stephen, again. After 20 years and many tries, he succeeds in February 1807 to allow the Slave Trade Act adopt, which prohibits the slave trade in the British Empire.


Amazing Grace received mostly positive reviews. The Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Geoff Tunnicliffe organization described the film as a powerful story that shows how a believer can change the cultural and social environment of an entire country.


The film was awarded a prize in 2007 at the Heartland Film Festival and was nominated for the best costumes at the Satellite Awards 2007.