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Epic historical drama which documents a legal battle over a shipload of slaves who overpowered their captors at sea and landed on the shores of America. Initially, the argument in the courts revolves around the issue of property and ownership. Gradually though, the lawyers for the defence come to understand and appreciate the humanity of the men turned into cargo by the evils of slavery.

Release date:

2 hours, 25 minutes

Last on

Wed 21 Sep 2011 00:05
BBC One Scotland, Wales only


Role Contributor
Theodore JoadsonMorgan Freeman
HolabirdPete Postlethwaite
John Quincy AdamsAnthony Hopkins
Clinque (Sengbe)Djimon Hounsou
Roger S BaldwinMatthew McConaughey
Martin Van BurenNigel Hawthorne
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Lewis TappanStellan Skarsgard
US Secretary of StateDavid Paymer
Queen IsabellaAnna Paquin
Ensign CoveyChiwetel Ejiofor
ProducerSteven Spielberg
WriterDavid Franzoni
Lieutenant GedneyRalph Brown
Captain FitzgeraldPeter Firth
Judge CoglinJeremy Northam
John C CalhounArliss Howard
ProducerColin Wilson
ComposerJohn Williams
Director of photographyJanusz Kaminski