Amistad
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1997
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 667068-416220
Running time: 2:35 (155 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: May 04, 1999
Collection type: Owned (#226)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 02, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 8 / 10
Review (video): 7 / 10
Overview
Steven Spielberg's debut film for DreamWorks Pictures, "AMISTAD," stars a distinguished cast led by Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey.

Earning acclaim for its film making and power, AMISTAD was honored with four Academy Award™ nominations; Best Supporting Actor (Hopkins), Best Music, Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography.

Based on a true story, the movie chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship, La Amistad, is seized, these captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation, confronting the very foundation of the American justice system. But for the men and women on trial, it is simply a fight for the basic right of all mankind...freedom.
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Genres
Drama
Studios
Production Studios:
 • DreamWorks Pictures
 • HBO Pictures
Media Companies:
 • DreamWorks Home Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
English  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
English
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Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Production Notes/Bios
Crew
Direction
Steven Spielberg....Director
Writing
David Franzoni....Writer
Production
Steven Spielberg....Producer
Debbie Allen....Producer
Colin Wilson....Producer
Walter Parkes....Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald....Executive Producer
Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Michael Kahn....Film Editor
Music
John Williams....Composer
Debbie Allen....Song Writer
Chike Okpala....Song Writer
El Hadj Malik Sow....Song Writer
Sheriff Kargbo....Song Writer
Sound
Charles L. Campbell....Supervising Sound Editor
Louis L. Edemann....Supervising Sound Editor
Andy Nelson....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Anna Behlmer....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Shawn Murphy....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Ronald Judkins....Production Sound Mixer
Robert Jackson....Production Sound Mixer
Rick Franklin....Sound Editor
Jeffrey A. Clark....Sound Editor
Ronald Eng....Sound Editor
Edward Fassl....Sound Editor
Leonard T. Geschke....Sound Editor
Doug Jackson....Sound Editor
Gary Krivacek....Sound Editor
Chuck Neely....Sound Editor
Howard S. M. Neiman....Sound Editor
Bruce Richardson....Sound Editor
Philip Rogers....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Samuel F. Kaufman....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
Rick Carter....Production Designer
Ruth E. Carter....Costume Designer
Chris Burian-Mohr....Art Director
Jim Teegarden....Art Director
Tony Fanning....Art Director
Tom Ryba....Visual Effects
Sue Moore....Costume Designer
Ve Neill....Make-up Artist
Laini Thompson....Make-up Artist
Judy Murdock....Make-up Artist
John Blake....Make-up Artist
Joseph M. Regina....Make-up Artist
Richard Snell....Make-up Artist
Perri Sorel....Make-up Artist
Adelbert Acevedo....Make-up Artist
Mike Hancock....Make-up Artist
Chrissie Beveridge....Make-up Artist
Special Visual Effects by Industrial Light & Magic
Scott Farrar....Visual Effects
Cast
Morgan Freeman....Joadson
Nigel Hawthorne....Martin Van Buren
Anthony Hopkins....John Quincy Adams
Djimon Hounsou....Cinque
Matthew McConaughey....Baldwin
David Paymer....Secretary Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite....Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård....Tappan
Razaaq Adoti....Yamba
Abu Bakaar Fofanah....Fala
Anna Paquin....Queen Isabella
Tomas Milian....Calderon
Chiwetel Ejiofor....Ensign Covey
Derrick N. Ashong....Buakei
Geno Silva....Ruiz
John Ortiz....Montes
Ralph Brown....Lieutenant Gedney
Darren Burrows....Lieutenant Meade
Allan Rich....Judge Juttson
Paul Guilfoyle....Attorney
Peter Firth....Captain Fitzgerald
Xander Berkeley....Hammond
Jeremy Northam....Judge Coglin
Arliss Howard....John C. Calhoun
Amistad Africans
Willie Amakye....Folowa
Luc Assogba....Gbatui
Mariah Campbell....Masery
Habib Conteh....Bai
Stephen Conteh....Morlai
Monguehy Fanzy....Fabanna
Jimmy Fotso....Kwong
Adekunle Ilori....Kahei
Sheriff Kargbo....Almamy
Saye Lah....Kessebe
Sylvestre Massaquoi....Santigiie
Samson Odede....Kpona
Chike Okpala....Sorie
Willie Onafesso....Jina
Samuel Pieh....Suuleh
Lansana Sawi....Morlu
Abu Sidique....Tsukama
El Hadj Malik Sow....Golabu
Lamine Thiam....Mahmud
Austin Pendleton....Professor Gibbs
Daniel Von Bargen....Warden Pendleton
Rusty Schwimmer....Mrs. Pendleton
Pedro Armendariz....General Espatero
Frank T. Wells....Crier
Michael Massee....Prison Guard
Roy Cooper....Pickney
Jake Weber....Mr. Wright
Victor Rivers....Captain Ferrar
Joseph Kosseh....Birmaja
Steve Passewe....Cinque's In-Law
Sherly Acosta Williams....Cinque's Wife
Matt Sarles....Young Aide
George Gerdes....Marshal
Jerry Molen....Magistrate
Kevin J. O'Connor....Missionary
Robert Walsh....Guardsman
Sean McGuirk....Courier
Tony Owen....Farmer
William Young....Businessman
Michael Riley....British Officer
Leon Singer....Don Pablo
Castulo Guerra....Spanish Priest
Harry Groener....Tecora Captain
Hawthorne James....Creole Cook
Ingrid Walters....Woman Overboard with Baby
Harry A. Blackmun....Associate Justice Joseph Story
Additional Amistad Africans
Curtis Shields....Bassie
Carlos Spivey....Chike
Charles Udoma....Kessebe
Andrew L. Josiah....Tamba
Tony Onafesso....Baa
Peter Mansaray....Kapr
Clarence Mobley....Kenei
Brian Macon....Yauai
Edward Appiah....Followolo
Denver Dowridge....Kpau
Paul Mwakutuya....Sessi
Rory Burton....Vakina
Samuel Orekhio....Fawni
Omo Lara Tosin....Kula
Ransford Thomas....Alkali
Juliette Darko....Teme
Isaac Mayanja....Sanpha
Charlean Isata Bangalie....Margru
Roosevelt Flenoury....Njaooni
M. S. Kaleiwo....Kaleiwo
Amistad African Extras
Tesfay Yohannes
George Kamara
Abdul-Fatai Balogun
Yaya Sissoko
Amadou Traore
Marlon Francis
Bundu Kamara
James Moses
Daniel Reid
Seydou Coulibaly
Lawal Tajudeen
Lester Mombelly
Ibrahim Sesay
Jeremy Shelton
Andrew Shoemo
Prince Coke
Ahmed Bangura
Bernard Singleton
Desere Mondon
Baboucar Jobe