Amazing Grace released in UK

Quite a serious buzz in London about the movie Amazing Grace. I saw it all over the buses during my time here, as my little video clip below will show. Hope it does well.


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  • The last time I looked the movie was still in the top ten in the US, having grossed over 15 million USD. It is still released in fewer screens than most of the other movies which also means that the per screen income is higher than many of the other movies in the top ten. It still seems to have traction in the US

  • Aarrgh. I’m jealous. Here in our small south Arkansas town, it never made it to our six-screen theater.
    I think it has MUCH more traction than the media are giving it credit for. Wait for DVD release to give us some indication of that.
    I’d hope that perhaps they would re-release it on a much broader scale for the venues that never got it.

  • dude!! its a wrightbus in the clip………….i know the owner of the company who makes those, he sits in front of me at church most weeks and his heir to the bus throne has planted a new church in our town recently………………..i could go on but i would bore you!! cant wait to see the film by the way.

  • As of Thrusday back in the 9th spot and grossing per screeen more than the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th movie. Yes I like numbers, sort of pahtetic, but there it is.

  • Jeff, where in Arkansas are you?
    We enjoyed it immensely at the new theatres in Rogers, Arkansas. The movie did a great job of showing faith at work.

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    I saw it this weekend at the local arthouse cineme Odeon and Cineworld weren’t showing it!
    Now, I would encourage everyone to go and see Amazing Grace it is a fantastic film. It portrays the relationships between William Wilberforce, John Newton (author of the hymn Amazing Grace), and William Pitt (the Prime Minister). It shows the extraordinary pressure Wilberforce felt when deciding between entering the ministry and serving Christ through politics.
    Pitt felt that the Wilberforce’s evangelical faith would damage his political prospects, but it was Newton who convinced Wilberforce that he must serve God in politics (making William Wilberforce a man to be reckoned with).
    The film shows that Wilberforce was not a political pragmatist, blowing with the winds of expediency, but a man of great faith and principle, driven by God to bring about the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom.
    I was taken by one fantastic quote by John Newton (played by Albert Finney):
    ‘I know two things:
    one that I am a great sinner
    and two that Christ is a great Saviour’
    And that is wisdom indeed!

  • don’t know if anyone is interested but the film still is doing well in the US. It is closing in on $17 million over 5 weeks and is now #14 with 6 new major releases this past weekend. 5 weeks is a long time with our ADHD attention spans for entertainment. it is in only 932 screens

  • While celebrating Wilberforce’s success, let’s not forget there are more slaves today than there were in 1807.
    We need modern abolitionists to combat trafficked labour in the UK and in the production of cotton and cocoa etc in other parts of the world. There are also many enslaved and trafficked people working in the sex industry and in domestic service.

  • I saw a preview of this last year. It’s not a bad film but it’s very one-dimensional. Like most ‘historical’ films it simplifies history and just tells one side of the story – Wilberforce’s. I was at a meeting of Set All Free, the Churches Together in England network to mark the bicentenary, where a trailer of the film was shown and the black people who were there were understandably outraged at such a white-centred retelling of history. I find the strapline ‘one voice which changed the lives of millions’ offensive. Wilberforce was not the only abolitionist by any means! Yes he played a pivotal role, but he wouldn’t have got anywhere without people like Olaudah Equiano, Thomas Clarkson and the thousands of people who campaigned, boycotted, wore badges, signed petitions… This is a complex and emotive anniversary. If all we do is say ‘hooray for Wilberforce’ then I think we have missed a kingdom opportunity.

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