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February 26, 2007

Amazing Grace - 7

As biopics go, this film is as good as Walk the Line and Ray. This film is about the life of William Wilberforce, especially his political work in bring about the abolition of the slave trade in Britain in 1807. This film chronicles a small part of his life as he grows more and more confident of his convictions and influence in the political sphere. The film highlights the people that were around him that could keep him going, especially his life-long friend William Pitt. The film mentions a few other important parts of his life in passing: the Clapham Sect that he was a part of, his friendship with former slave-ship captain turned composer- John Newton, and his fast romance with Barbara. I feel like I had an advantage in knowing a lot about Wilberforce before seeing the film, viewers with less background may need to do some research following viewing in order to fully understand the film, but this film is a much needed introduction to a great example of a man struggling and finding his vocation.

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