History Film / Amistad

24th Sep '17 8:59:35 AM fusilcontrafusil
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This was the first major film role for Creator/DjimonHounsou as Cinque, the leader of the slaves. It was also the second film for which Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing a U.S. president, having previously been nominated in 1995 for playing UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in ''Film/{{Nixon}}''.

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This was had the first major film role for Creator/DjimonHounsou as Cinque, the leader of the slaves. It was also the second film for which Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing a U.S. president, having previously been nominated in 1995 for playing UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in ''Film/{{Nixon}}''.
24th Sep '17 8:58:24 AM fusilcontrafusil
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This was the second film for which Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing a U.S. president, having previously been nominated in 1995 for playing UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in ''Film/{{Nixon}}''.

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This was the first major film role for Creator/DjimonHounsou as Cinque, the leader of the slaves. It was also the second film for which Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing a U.S. president, having previously been nominated in 1995 for playing UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in ''Film/{{Nixon}}''.
15th May '17 7:14:29 PM Lanes17B
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* AuctionOfEvil: Before Cinque leads the uprising against the ship's crew, ''La Amistad'' docks in Cuba where several of the captive Africans are sold off to local owners.


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* MadeASlave: After surviving the Middle Passage, several Africans aboard the ''La Amistad'' are taken ashore to be sold off at an auction in Cuba.
** At the end of the film [[spoiler: it is revealed that although Cinque returns home, his family was probably captured and sold into the New World.]]
9th Apr '17 10:54:16 AM Fireblood
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* NotSoDifferent: The District Attorney notes that the Mende also own slaves, and have for centuries, as a means of countering the arguments made against slavery. John Covey, the translator, points out Mende "slaves" were more like [[IndenturedServitude indentured servants]], but in any case this is irrelevant with regards to the law. It amounts to a [[AdHominem tu quoque]] aimed against anti-slavery sentiment in favor of the Africans.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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The District Attorney notes that the Mende also own slaves, and have for centuries, as a means of countering the arguments made against slavery. John Covey, the translator, points out Mende "slaves" were more like [[IndenturedServitude indentured servants]], but in any case this is irrelevant with regards to the law. It amounts to a [[AdHominem tu quoque]] aimed against anti-slavery sentiment in favor sentiment.
** The Mende note a lot
of similarity between the Africans.Jewish customs shown in the illustrated Bible which American missionaries gave them and their own, including wrapping the body for burial inside a tomb. This may be because they're Muslim, and Islamic funeral rites are similar to those in Judaism.
9th Apr '17 10:46:56 AM Fireblood
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* AnachronismStew: {{Creator/GustaveDore}}'s illustrated Bible is shown, but Doré was only 9 in 1841 and his Bible wouldn't be published until 1866.

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* AnachronismStew: {{Creator/GustaveDore}}'s {{Gustave Dore}}'s illustrated Bible is shown, but Doré was only 9 in 1841 and his Bible wouldn't be published until 1866.
9th Apr '17 10:30:00 AM Fireblood
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: President Martin Van Buren, though the film does show that he's effectively being blackmailed by John C. Calhoun into going to the lengths that he does.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: HistoricalVillainUpgrade:
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President Martin Van Buren, though the film does show that he's effectively being blackmailed by John C. Calhoun into going to the lengths that he does.
9th Apr '17 10:29:27 AM Fireblood
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* NotSoDifferent: The District Attorney notes that the Mende also own slaves, and have for centuries, as a means of countering the arguments made against slavery. John Covey, the translator, points out Mende slaves were more like indentured servants, but in any case this is irrelevant with regards to the law. It amounts to a [[AdHominem tu quoque]] aimed against anti-slavery sentiment in favor of the Africans.

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* NotSoDifferent: The District Attorney notes that the Mende also own slaves, and have for centuries, as a means of countering the arguments made against slavery. John Covey, the translator, points out Mende slaves "slaves" were more like [[IndenturedServitude indentured servants, servants]], but in any case this is irrelevant with regards to the law. It amounts to a [[AdHominem tu quoque]] aimed against anti-slavery sentiment in favor of the Africans.
9th Apr '17 10:28:42 AM Fireblood
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* NotSoDifferent: The District Attorney notes that the Mende also own slaves, and have for centuries, as a means of countering the arguments made against slavery. John Covey, the translator, points out Mende slaves were more like indentured servants, but in any case this is irrelevant with regards to the law. It amounts to a [[AdHominem tu quoque]] aimed against anti-slavery sentiment in favor of the Africans.
9th Apr '17 10:00:17 AM Fireblood
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''Amistad'' is a 1997 Creator/StevenSpielberg film based on the true story of a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839, and the legal battle that followed. It shows how, even though the case was won at the federal district court level, it was appealed by President UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren to the Supreme Court, and how former President UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams took part in the proceedings.

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''Amistad'' is a 1997 Creator/StevenSpielberg film based on the true story of a slave mutiny that revolt which took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839, and the legal battle that followed. It shows how, even though the case was won at the federal district court level, it was appealed by President UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren to the Supreme Court, and how former President UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams took part in the proceedings.



* AnachronismStew: Creator/GustaveDore 's illustrated Bible is shown, but Doré was only 9 in 1841 and his Bible wouldn't be published until 1866.

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* AnachronismStew: Creator/GustaveDore 's {{Creator/GustaveDore}}'s illustrated Bible is shown, but Doré was only 9 in 1841 and his Bible wouldn't be published until 1866.



* BittersweetEnding: Adams wins the case and Cinque and the other Africans are freed and return to Africa. The ending texts reveals Cinque's family were probably carried off into slavery, his people were in a civil war, and the one which Americans were dreading the case would lead to finally consumed them.

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* BittersweetEnding: Adams wins the case and Cinque and the other Africans are freed and return to Africa. The ending texts reveals Cinque's family were was probably carried off into slavery, his people were in a civil war, and the one which Americans were dreading the case would lead to finally consumed them.



* TheDogBitesBack: The slaves rise up and kill the slavers.
* DrivenToSuicide: During the Middle Passage sequence, a slave girl dives off from the ship with a baby in her arms, preferring death than endure suffering aboard at the slavers' hands.

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* TheDogBitesBack: The slaves rise up and kill the slavers.
slavers (except for two to steer the ship).
* DrivenToSuicide: During the Middle Passage sequence, a slave girl dives off from the ship with a baby in her arms, preferring death than to endure suffering aboard at the slavers' hands.



** Lewis Tappan as well. After the appeal, Tappan says the Amistad Africans may be better off as martyrs, after which Joadson admonishes him as not caring about the slaves, but only about ending slavery. The real Tappan was famously known as an uncompromising anti-slavery extremist, who supported full rights (including gun ownership and voting) and advocated mass intermarriage to create a country without prejudice.

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** Lewis Tappan as well. After the appeal, Tappan says the Amistad Africans may be better off as martyrs, after which Joadson admonishes him as not caring about the slaves, but only about ending slavery. The real Tappan was famously known as an uncompromising anti-slavery extremist, who supported full legal rights (including gun ownership and voting) and advocated mass intermarriage to create a country without prejudice.



* InfantImmortality: Averted. A girl drowns herself with a baby in her arms during the Middle Passage scene.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted.{{Averted}}. A girl drowns herself with a baby in her arms during the Middle Passage scene.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Adams' first appearance is during a session of the House to determine whether or not to honor an old man's request that his possessions form an institute of national treasure. The representative addressing Adams dismisses the collection as "bunch of junk". The old man? James Smithson, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Adams' first appearance is during a session of the House to determine whether or not to honor an old man's request that his possessions form an institute of national treasure. The representative addressing Adams dismisses the collection as a "bunch of junk". The old man? James Smithson, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution.



* RoyalBrat: 10-years old Queen Isabel II of Spain (the fact that her mother was regent and the actual head of state at the time is omitted under the RuleOfFunny).

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* RoyalBrat: 10-years 10 year old Queen Isabel II of Spain (the fact that her mother was regent and the actual head of state at the time is omitted under the RuleOfFunny).



* TheStoic: Captain Fitzgerald. In a really awesome badass way.

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* TheStoic: Captain Fitzgerald. In Fitzgerald, in a really awesome badass way.
2nd Oct '16 10:35:51 PM broxmeyer2
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* DaylightHorror: The scene where slaves are tossed overboard to drown during the Middle Passage.



* DaylightHorror: The scene where the slaves are tossed overboard to drown during the middle passage.
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