Amazing Grace

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…is the concert film directed by Sydney Pollack and later realized by producer Alan Elliott. Featuring Aretha Franklin, recording her 1972 live album, of the same name, and co-stars James Cleveland, C. L. Franklin, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, with cameos by Mick Jagger, Sydney Pollack, and Charlie Watts.Amazing Grace was not released to schedule in 1972 due to difficulties syncing the audio tracks with the visual print, and was relegated to the vault at Warner Bros. until 2007, when producer Alan Elliott purchased the raw footage and attempted to sync it. The pared-down footage was planned for a 2011 release. However, Franklin sued Elliott for appropriating her likeness without permission, and the release date passed.Another attempt was made to premiere the film in 2015 at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Chicago International Film Festival, but Franklin again sued him, this time for unknown reasons. Following Franklin's death in 2018, her family made arrangements to release the film, which was met with critical acclaim.

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