The historical drama, Amazing Grace (distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside) opened in 791 U.S. theaters with a gross of $4,304,622 on its opening weekend, placing it in the boxoffice’s top ten. In comparison, Billy Bob Thornton’s PG family film, “The Astronaut Farmer” opened on the same weekend in almost three times as many theaters (2,155) with a gross only ten percent greater than “Amazing Grace.” “Amazing Grace” was a coproduction of Walden Media (Bristol Bay Productions, Los Angeles), Ingenious Film Partners (London, UK), and Roadside Attractions (Beverly Hills). Walden is the producer of The Chronicles of Narnia films and Because of Winn-Dixie. The Screwtape Letters is one of their projects in development.
Following comments supplied by Chip Rohlke, an Evangelical writer who’s to the point
Amazing Grace is a wonderful movie that has a timeless message and challenge for all of us in this post-modern world. Though we are constantly bombarded with appeals to pleasure, vanity and excess—this movie shows us that one person with uncompromising character and single minded purpose can truly change the world for good.
In a time of great evil fed by economics and significant political self-interest, Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce rose up with indignation and outrage against the horror and inhumanity of slavery to outlaw this wicked and vile practice. He eventually triumphed a couple days before he died.
However, long after slavery was outlawed in the British Empire it continued in America and much of the Islamic world. The US Supreme Court Dred Scott decision of 1857 stated that those of the black race were not human and simply chattel or property of white slave owners. Choice, Freedom, Legal Rights of Ownership, etc. were all rallying cries of those who supported slavery. The abolistionist movement was characterized as religious zealots, intolerant, fanatics, etc. by those trying to justify the horror of slavery.
Today, those same slogans are used to justify the slaughter of the unborn, the infirm, the elderly and the unwanted (as well as slavery itself in many muslim nations). Seems evil never disappears only changes form.
In America alone, over 50 million unborn children have been slaughtered up to the point of life birth (and beyond at times) with little outcry from any except those few souls driven by a conscience haunted by the cries of these innocents in the womb. How long America will tolerate this evil is something only history will tell. I pray God raise up another William Wilberforce to defeat this great evil of child sacrifice.
Official movie Web site: amazinggracemovie.com
For helpful information on the issue of abortion, see our Life Before Birth site.
Two official books of The Amazing Change campaign were released to help people learn more about the slave trade today and find out how to bring help: Be the Change by Zach Hunter (see below, release: March 1, 2007) and Not For Sale by award-winning journalist David Batstone. Christians are also encouraged to sign a petition to abolish slavery.
Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone
Human trafficking generates $31 billion annually and enslaves 27 million people around the globe, half of them children under the age of eighteen. Award-winning journalist David Batstone, whom Bono calls a heroic character, profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the struggle to end this appalling epidemic.
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxes
Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce’s extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. Metaxa’s discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.