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* TearsOfRemorse: See UnableToCry below.
* UnableToCry: Pastor John Newton, the blind former slave trader, is last seen dictating his memoirs/confession to a scribe, in which he gives full details of the atrocities he took part in, and tells Wilberforce that despite decades of crushing guilt, he wasn't actually able to weep until he wrote it. The TearsOfRemorse he is finally able to shed are clearly a great weight off his soul.


A 2006 {{Biopic}} on famous abolitionist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce William Wilberforce]], and his fight to demolish Britain's slave trade, starring Creator/IoanGruffudd, Romola Garai and Creator/BenedictCumberbatch.

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A 2006 {{Biopic}} on famous abolitionist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce William Wilberforce]], and his fight to demolish Britain's slave trade, starring Creator/IoanGruffudd, Romola Garai Creator/RomolaGarai and Creator/BenedictCumberbatch.


* AmazingFreakingGrace: Wilberforce sings [[TitleDrop the title hymn]] in a pub, mentioning that it was written by his pastor John Newton, a reformed slave trader (adding some resonance to "a wretch like me"). The film uses the familiar tune which was actually [[NewerThanTheyThink not paired with the text until the 19th century]], although since the original tune is lost to history, that's probably a {{justified}} case of artistic license.

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* AmazingFreakingGrace: Wilberforce sings [[TitleDrop the title hymn]] in a pub, mentioning that it was written by his pastor John Newton, a reformed slave trader (adding some resonance to "a wretch like me"). The film uses the familiar tune which was actually [[NewerThanTheyThink not paired with the text until the 19th century]], although since the original tune is lost to history, that's probably a {{justified}} case of artistic license.



* ArtisticLicenseMusic: When Wilberforce sings [[AmazingFreakingGrace the title song]], he uses the familiar tune which was actually [[NewerThanTheyThink not paired with the text until the 19th century]]. Since the original tune is lost to history, that's probably a {{justified}} case.



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* HeroesWantRedheadsHeroesWantRedheads: William [[EngagingConversation warms up very quickly]] to the FieryRedhead Barbara.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: As pointed out in the link.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: As pointed out in The real Wilberforce had more complicated views than his portrayal here might suggest, though still FairForItsDay. Movie Wilberforce declares "I believe all men are created equal!" but the link. historical Wilberforce wasn't in favor of restructuring society to eliminate poverty, just in making sure the rich treated the poor fairly.
-->"[The poor should know] that their more lowly path has been allotted to them by the hand of God; that it is their part ... contentedly to bear its inconveniences."



* LostHimInACardGame: Wilberforce pulls out of a card game in disgust when his opponent bets a slave.

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* LostHimInACardGame: Wilberforce pulls out of a card game in disgust when his opponent opponent, the Duke of Clarence, bets a slave.slave. (The Duke knew perfectly well about Wilberforce's abolitionist convictions and was clearly doing it to get a rise out of him, even describing the slave pointedly with the N-word.)


* Cloudcuckoolander: Particularly in his younger years, Wilberforce refers to his strangeness, such as sitting in the wet grass and hiding in a slave's berth, multiple times throughout the film.

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* Cloudcuckoolander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Particularly in his younger years, Wilberforce refers to his strangeness, such as sitting in the wet grass and hiding in a slave's berth, multiple times throughout the film.


* FourthDateMarriage: Although Wilberforce and Barbara initially have no interest in each other, they bond over their common desire to see the slave trade ended. Half of this is [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Television]]: the real Barbara showed little interest in Wilberforce's politics, but he did propose to her after just eight days, and they had a close marriage until his death.

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* FourthDateMarriage: Although Wilberforce and Barbara initially have no interest in each other, they bond in less than a day over their common desire to see the slave trade ended. Half of this is [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Television]]: the real Barbara showed little interest in Wilberforce's politics, but he did propose to her after just eight days, and they had a close marriage until his death.

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* Cloudcuckoolander: Particularly in his younger years, Wilberforce refers to his strangeness, such as sitting in the wet grass and hiding in a slave's berth, multiple times throughout the film.


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* FourthDateMarriage: Although Wilberforce and Barbara initially have no interest in each other, they bond over their common desire to see the slave trade ended. Half of this is [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Television]]: the real Barbara showed little interest in Wilberforce's politics, but he did propose to her after just eight days, and they had a close marriage until his death.
-->'''Wilberforce:''' Barbara and I have discovered we are both impatient and prone to rash decisions.


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* NatureLover: Wilberforce, after his spiritual enlightenment.
-->'''William Wilberforce:''' I have ten thousand engagements of state today but I would prefer to spend the day getting a wet arse, studying dandelions and marvelling at bloody spiders' webs.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Treats his butler more like a confidant than a servant.

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* NotSoStoic: Wilberforce keeps his own disappointment and bitterness to himself, but finally bursts after a conversation with Barbara reminds him of everything that's been done to advance the abolition movement, to still no avail.
-->'''Barbara Spooner:''' It seemed that every spring the daffodils came out, every summer the cherries ripened, and every autumn William Wilberforce would present his bill to the House.
-->'''William Wilberforce:''' And still.
-->'''Barbara Spooner:''' And still?
-->'''William Wilberforce:''' And still, after all the badges, the petitions, all the speeches and bills, ships full of human souls sail around the world as cargo!

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: Courtesy of Barbara.


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* HoYay: It is really easy to read the relationship between Pitt and Wilberforce as an one-sided love-story. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitt_the_younger#Personal_life Note that Pitt was probably gay in real life.]]

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** Averted with Benedict Cumberbatch, who actually does somewhat resemble [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3a/William_Pitt_the_Younger_2.jpg William Pitt the Younger]].

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* AnswersToTheNameOfGod: The abolitionists are surprised when Lord Charles Fox [[HeelFaceTurn walks in unexpectedly to join their side]], leading to the wry exchange:
-->'''Wilberforce:''' Dear God!\\
'''Fox:''' Well, almost.


* HoYay: It is really easy to read the relationship between Pitt and Wilberforce as an one-sided love-story. Note thhat Pitt was probably gay in real life.

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* HoYay: It is really easy to read the relationship between Pitt and Wilberforce as an one-sided love-story. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitt_the_younger#Personal_life Note thhat that Pitt was probably gay in real life.]]

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* HoYay: It is really easy to read the relationship between Pitt and Wilberforce as an one-sided love-story. Note thhat Pitt was probably gay in real life.


* ShamingTheMob: Wilberforce wines and dines a bunch of important people on a shipdeck, complete with a fancy music quartet, and then sails them straight past the ''Madagascar''--a slave ship. It works.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: After Wilberforce first brings out his idea he's booed out of court. The after meeting has most of his family and the quakers, however, one of the speakers comes and joins them, William Dolben, who reveals that he's been on a slave ship as part of a journey and having witnessed the cruelty on it, he supports them, but is ashamed that he cannot do it publicly because he represents a town that thrives off it. He still helps put together the ShamingTheMob example. Fox as well, as detailed in HeelFaceTurn.

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* ShamingTheMob: Wilberforce wines and dines a bunch of important people on a shipdeck, complete with a fancy music quartet, and then sails them straight past the ''Madagascar''--a ''Madagascar''-a slave ship. It works.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: After Wilberforce first brings out his idea he's booed out of court. The after meeting has most of his family and the quakers, Quakers; however, one of the speakers comes and joins them, William Dolben, who reveals that he's been on a slave ship as part of a journey and having witnessed the cruelty on it, he supports them, but is ashamed that he cannot do it publicly because he represents a town that thrives off it. He still helps put together the ShamingTheMob example. Fox as well, as detailed in HeelFaceTurn.

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