Amazing Grace (movie)

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Amazing Grace is an historical drama about William Wilberforce, who campaigned Parliament to abolish the slave trade in the early 19th century.

In the movie, Wilberforce is haunted by dreams and visions about abolition. His health is poor, and he is lonely. Friends try to improve his health with Roman waters and an introduction to a beautiful lady with curly red hair.

As the movie, opens, Wilberforce persuades a man to stop beating a horse. It is implied that less beatings and cruelty are needed to motivate people to work, an idea which bore fruit in the Industrial Revolution and came to full flower in the free market economics of the 20th century.

The movie portrays Wilberforce as an eloquent debater, a man of few words yet very effective. Then he finds God (or God finds him) in a wet garden. His best friend William Pitt, seeking to become Prime Minister, wants to know whether he will do God's work or pursue politics. Pitt arranges a dinner party where abolitionists suggest Wilberforce can do both.

After Pitt becomes Prime Minister, Wilberforce continues his campaign to persuade the upper classes to oppose slavery. He works the fertile field of the English conscience.

Despite his gains, the brewing of the French Revolution threatens to make all opposition to the crown sedition.

However, Wilberforce's life changes, he marries, has children and finally abolishes the slave trade.

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