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Amazing Grace (2007)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
For thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language
Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, , Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai
Amazing Grace (2007)
From acclaimed director Michael Apted ("The World is Not Enough," "Coal Miner's Daughter") comes "Amazing Grace," a moving historical epic about the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce. "Amazing Grace" follows Wilberforce's career through his 20's and 30's, as he and his fellow humanitarians make the issue of slavery a talking point, not only in political circles, but also throughout the country. They wage the first modern political campaign, using petitions, boycotts, mass meetings and even badges with slogans to take their message to the country at large.
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David Bruce, Webmaster
WHERE IS AMAZING GRACE IN THE CHURCH?
Comments from David Bruce (Mar 12, 07).
This weekend 300 did an amazing 70 million at the box office. But what caught my eye was the fact the independent film Amazing Grace came in number 10—and it is playing on just 791 screens (300 opened on nearly 3000 screens). Since its opening on February 23, Amazing Grace has been expanding to new theaters and communities each week. Have you seen it? Interestingly, I have not heard a lot of buzz in Evangelical churches about this film. What this says to me is that secular audiences are loving it.
But, I should not be amazed because secular audiences have always loved Amazing Grace. Consider the following:
What does Anne Murray have in common with Janis Joplin?
What is the connection between Jimmy Hendrix and Pat Boone?
What do the Grateful Dead have in common with the Bill Gaither Vocal Band?
How does the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band connect with Lawrence Welk?
What do the Allman Brothers have in common with Andrew Lloyd Webber?
What does Elvis Presley have in common with Elmer Bernstein?
What connects Whitney Houston, Jeff Beck, and Glen Campbell?
How do Rod Stewart and the Rev. Billy Graham Choir connect?
Answer: They all recorded "Amazing Grace."
I was in a bar and grill the other night with a friend. There was live music. The song selections were crowd-pleasing and irreligious. Everyone was drinking and moving to the music. Then, from out of nowhere, the band started to play Amazing Grace and the room was instantly quiet and reverent. It was amazing. For a moment in time the bar was transformed into a holy place.
In the aftermath of 9/11, America honored the precious human lives that were taken from us. In an incredible memorial service in New York a nation paused in awe and profound silence as Amazing Grace was played with bagpipes. The power behind Amazing Grace is unparalleled.
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