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Based on a true story, Amazing Grace follows the life of William Wilberforce (played by Ioan Gruffudd), a Member of Parliament in 18th Century England who attempted to end slavery in Britain.
Why Is Amazing Grace Rated PG?
Amazing Grace is rated PG thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language
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With only a PG rating, this film contains fewer content concerns than many others dealing with this difficult topic. Still, there are disturbing and graphic discussions of the slave trade and conditions on the slave ships. Some brief portrayals of slave abuse are also seen along with the cruel beating of an animal. To deal with his declining health, a patient is prescribed the medicinal use of opiates. Social drinking is shown on frequent occasions and in another instance, a man appears to be drunk. The script uses infrequent mild profanities and occasional racial slurs.
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DVD Release Dates: 13 November 2007
Amazing Grace resonates on DVD with the following bonus materials: An audio commentary with director Michael Apted and actor Ioan Gruffudd, How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace (a half-hour documentary), Finding Freedom (a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center that exposes some modern-day slavery practices) and a music video featuring Chris Tomlin’s version of Amazing Grace. The disc also provides interactive discussion tools and study guides that can be printed out for use in classrooms or bible study groups. The movie is presented in widescreen format with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) and subtitles in English, Spanish and French.