This true story about the struggle to abolish British slaving via Parliament focuses on the efforts of William Wilberforce, and highlights one of his greatest inspirations, John Newton, the slaver-turned-priest who wrote one of the most-loved hymns in history, "Amazing Grace." The whole cast, including Ioan Gruffudd as "Wilber", Michael Gambon as Lord Fox, and Romola Garai as Barbara, who became Wilberforce's wife, is wonderful. Albert Finney particularly stands out with a humble yet powerful peformance as Newton. Winner of a Christopher Award for affirming "the highest values of the human spirit." Producers include such names as Terrence Malick and Patricia Heaton. [If you like this, you may also enjoy DVD Hiding Place, The Hiding Place; DVD 822 Nic, C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands; and DVD B L97, Martin Luther.] -- recommended by Becky W.C. - Walt Branch Library
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