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juliusmango88 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM via web

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A detailed summary of the film Amistad.

I would like to break down what transpired in the movie and how the characters were portrayed

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:35 AM (Answer #1)

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In the movie "Amsted" which I have not seen in some time, we are introduced to the slaves who have been captured and placed aboard a slave ship.  Men, women, and children are on the vessel.  They are shackled together and housed in rows on rough made shelves where they are told to turn.  Some of the slaves die lying in cramped stinking conditions next to one another.

The journey to the states is horrible.  Many slaves become sick and hungry.  Cinque is the main slave character in the movie.  Slaves are tossed about in the storms and are even tossed over the side of the ship.  Some women and men also get tossed because they are attached to the shackles.  None can swim and they are far out in the ocean so they drown.

Cinque engages the others in an uprising and is brought to trial in America.  He gains some anti-slavery defenders support and goes to trial.  He wins his case and is later taken back to his home country.  Once there he learns that there is no more village or family for him to return home to.

I have attached a site that lists the characters for you.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM (Answer #2)

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The 1997 film Amistad is the story of the 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship traveling to the United States. The film depicts the journey, mutiny, and legal battle of the West African people who landed the schooner Amistad off the shores of Long Island. The historical characters include Ramon Ferrer, Jose Ruiz, Pedro Montez, Celestino, Cinque, Lt. Thomas Gedney,and John Quincy Adams. The character Theodore Joadson is fictional among others. Much of the film is dedicated the Supreme Court case surrounding the status of the captives from the Amistad. The film is historically misleading from several perspectives however, its depiction of the middle passage undoubtly leaves an emotional imprint on the every person who views it.

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