• 1997
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Written by: David Franzoni
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Nigel Hawthorne, Stellan Skarsgård, Harry Blackmun, Anna Paquin

After a revolt on a ship off the coast of Cuba in 1839, a group of slaves are captured by an American naval cutter and put on trial for piracy and murder. Spielberg botches this fascinating tale not because of historical inaccuracy, but through narrative incompetence - the film falls apart in the courtroom, where scenes come across as 'LA Law' done in period costume.

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