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  • Actors: Nick Moran, Scott Cleverdon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Wienerworld Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QJMSSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the true story of the world's best loved hymn and the
slaves that inspired it. At the height of the slave trading era, slave
trader John Newton sails to the coast of Nigeria, Africa. The peaceful and
joyful life in the African village is rudely interrupted by vicious slave
traders. Slaves are rounded up by force and trickery. As John Newton leaves
Africa with a ship load of slaves, a violent storm brings him to the point
of death and causes him to re-evaluate his life. Although he is saved by
two slaves, Newton attributes his miraculous escape to the amazing grace of
God. It takes an act of humanity from one of the slaves he considers
animals to show him the true meaning of love. He finally renounces slave
trading and decides to devote his life to religion.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2012
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I thought I would watch this film out of sheer curiousity. I have never watched a Nollywood (Nigerian) film before, and I am fascinated by John Newton of whom this film is largely about. I recently read the book "Slaver Captain" which illuminated me more on the life of Newton the former slaver who became a respected clergyman in London and did much to champion the cause of the abolition of the slave trade. Newton is perhaps best known for writing the verses of one of the worlds most famous hymns 'Amazing Grace'. This Nigerian financed film was released in the same year as the better known "Amazing Grace" which starred Albert Finney as an older Newton and advisor to William Wilberforce himself.

This film is set during Newton's voyage to the Calabar coast, West Africa in 1748, which is covered in "Slaver Captain". Nigerian director, writer, producer Jeta Amata then uses a lot of artistic licence to explain how Newton's life was changed by the horrors that he witnessed. Events in the film are loosely based on Newton's adventures. In the film he is captured by irate local tribesman, but spared thanks to the pleading of a local girl he had fallen in love with. In fact he was a virtual slave to a native woman who was the wife of a local white overseer. The film then has Newton plagiarising a local native tune and using it for Amazing Grace. In fact he died long before the melody to 'New Britain' was used to accompany his lyrics in 1835 to give it the form we know today. Historical accuracy is not essential to a good film, as Hollywood has demonstrated many times, and to be fair this low budget film is not a bad effort considering.

The films main aim is to highlight the iniquities of the slave trade mainly through the eyes of the slaves, and this to be fair it achieves pretty well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Ebs on 4 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
Previous reviews were very harsh and discouraging. But I ordered the movie all the same. I was curious to see if an amateur Nigerian cast with very limited resources could do justice to this great story. I'm happy enough to award it 4 stars.

At first, I thought it was a risk to have cast Mbong Odungide who was not only the youngest member of the cast, but was vitually a newcommer. She delivered a fine performance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Praise on 20 May 2008
Format: DVD
I bought the VCD version of this film and I was overjoyed I came across it. It's a long step ahead of other films from Nollywood.
It's an african story of slavery. It's twist was in one of the task masters joining sides with the slaves and becoming an enemy to his own fellow white-men.
The cast is not extra-ordinary but OK.
I encourage you to buy this item.
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