History Film / Amistad

16th Mar '18 2:26:45 PM MBI
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* PostMortemOneLiner / QuipToBlack: British navy captain Fitzgerald attempts to corroborate Cinque's testimony about a slave fortress in Sierra Leone, but Forsyth's lawyer counters that since they've never found it, it may not even exist. In the film's epilogue, the Royal Navy finally locates the fortress and blasts it into rubble.
--> '''Fitzgerald:''' Take a letter, Ensign. "To His Honor, the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Forsyth. My dear Mr. Forsyth, it is my great pleasure to inform you that you are, in fact, correct. The slave fortress in Sierra Leone... ''does not exist.''"

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* PostMortemOneLiner / QuipToBlack: British navy captain Fitzgerald attempts to corroborate Cinque's testimony about a slave fortress in Sierra Leone, but Forsyth's lawyer counters that since they've never found it, it may not even exist. In the film's epilogue, the Royal Navy finally locates the fortress and blasts it into rubble.
rubble, prompting Fitzgerald to start dictating a letter to Forsyth:
--> '''Fitzgerald:''' Take a letter, Ensign. "To His Honor, the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Forsyth. My dear Mr. Forsyth, it is my great pleasure to inform you that you are, in fact, correct. The slave fortress in Sierra Leone... ''does not exist.''"''
11th Mar '18 3:46:41 PM MBI
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* PostMortemOneLiner / QuipToBlack: British navy captain Fitzgerald attempts to corroborate Cinque's testimony about a slave fortress in Sierra Leone, but Forsyth's lawyer counters that since they've never found it, it may not even exist. In the film's epilogue, the Royal Navy finally locates the fortress and blasts it into rubble.
--> '''Fitzgerald:''' Take a letter, Ensign. "To His Honor, the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Forsyth. My dear Mr. Forsyth, it is my great pleasure to inform you that you are, in fact, correct. The slave fortress in Sierra Leone... ''does not exist.''"
7th Mar '18 6:51:11 PM TheNerevarine
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* DeathOfAChild: A girl drowns herself with a baby in her arms during the Middle Passage scene.



* InfantImmortality: {{Averted}}. A girl drowns herself with a baby in her arms during the Middle Passage scene.
4th Mar '18 4:46:01 AM Estvyk
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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.

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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 James Covey, the translator, interpreter and a former slave himself, 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.
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.
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