History Film / Amistad

31st Mar '16 1:07:19 PM MrZAP
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* TheDogBitesBack: The slaves raise up and kill the slavers.

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* TheDogBitesBack: The slaves raise rise up and kill the slavers.
25th Feb '16 11:50:48 AM lorgskyegon
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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 rights (including gun ownership and voting) and advocated mass intermarriage to create a country without prejudice.
11th Nov '15 5:45:05 PM TheNerevarine
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* 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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* InfantImmortality: Averted. A girl drowns herself with a baby in her arms during the Middle Passage scene.
18th May '15 5:48:48 PM nombretomado
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This was the second film for which Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an 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 second film for which Creator/AnthonyHopkins received an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing a U.S. president, having previously been nominated in 1995 for playing UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in ''Film/{{Nixon}}''.
16th Jan '15 7:32:07 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: More for the historical Matthew [=McConaughey=] than for his actual character. When the case is won in the lower court, [=McConaughey=] leaps in the air, shouting a BigYes while clenching his fist in a way that seems ''pretty odd'' for a lawyer in the 1840s.

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* OutOfCharacterMoment: More for the historical real Matthew [=McConaughey=] than for his actual character. When the case is won in the lower court, [=McConaughey=] leaps in the air, shouting a BigYes while clenching his fist in a way that seems ''pretty odd'' for a lawyer in the 1840s.
16th Jan '15 7:30:43 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: More for the Matthew McConaughey than for his actual character.When the case is won in the lower court, McConaughey leaps in the air, shouting a BigYes while clenching his fist in a way that seems ''pretty odd'' for a lawyer in the 1840s.

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* OutOfCharacterMoment: More for the historical Matthew McConaughey [=McConaughey=] than for his actual character.character. When the case is won in the lower court, McConaughey [=McConaughey=] leaps in the air, shouting a BigYes while clenching his fist in a way that seems ''pretty odd'' for a lawyer in the 1840s.
15th Dec '14 12:10:32 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: More for the Matthew McConaughey than for his actual character.When the case is won in the lower court, McConaughey leaps in the air, shouting a BigYes while clenching his fist in a way that seems ''pretty odd'' for a lawyer in the 1840s.
4th Nov '14 10:38:08 AM MagBas
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* TheDogBitesBack: The slaves raise up and kill the slavers (man, the name of that article leads to really UnfortunateImplications).

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* TheDogBitesBack: The slaves raise up and kill the slavers (man, the name of that article leads to really UnfortunateImplications).slavers.
28th Sep '14 9:49:47 AM Patachou
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* AnachronismStew: Gustave Doré'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: Gustave Doré's Creator/GustaveDore 's illustrated Bible is shown, but Doré was only 9 in 1841 and his Bible wouldn't be published until 1866.
15th Sep '14 10:18:00 PM Fireblood
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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 carried off into slavery and the civil war that the Americans were dreading the case would lead to finally consumed them.
* ChekhovsGun: The surviving Spaniards, realising that the ship will be searched as part of their plan to be freed by another passing boat, hide crucial documents away. Joadson later finds them, and uses them to win the case in the lower courts as they prove the slaves are African.

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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 probably carried off into slavery slavery, his people were in a civil war, and the civil war that the one which Americans were dreading the case would lead to finally consumed them.
* ChekhovsGun: The surviving Spaniards, realising realizing that the ship will be searched as part of their plan to be freed by another passing boat, hide crucial documents away. Joadson later finds them, and uses them to win the case in the lower courts as they prove the slaves are African.



* EtTuBrute: Cinque, the village chief, is sold to slavers by his own people (and possibly his wife).

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* EtTuBrute: Cinque, the village chief, is sold to slavers by his own people (and possibly his wife). TruthInTelevision-most African slaves were sold to Europeans by other Africans, sometimes even their own people.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Adams' first appearance is during a court session to determine whether or not to honour 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 court session of the House to determine whether or not to honour 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.



* MisplacedVegetation: A ''West'' African slave is surprised to see an ''East'' African Violet at an American garden.

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* MisplacedVegetation: A ''West'' African slave is surprised to see an ''East'' African Violet at an American garden.
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