Amazing Grace (2006) Film
Benedict impresses in this historical drama as charismatic Prime Minister William Pitt.
|Amazing Grace is one of the most famous hymns in the world and owes its origin to John Newton, the captain of a slave ship. 1748, after his ship arrived in serious distress and he was rescued, Newton wrote a text about this experience, treated slaves much more human and later even converted to Christianity. He became a pastor and fought on the side of William Wilberforce against slavery.
In 1972, the familiar melody ranked on top of the British charts in a version of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The eponymous film Amazing Grace was produced by Michael Apted in 2006 and had its world premiere on 16 September 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival. In this historical drama Benedict Cumberbatch plays William Pitt the Younger, who made history when becoming the youngest British Prime Minister (first appointed 1783) at the age of 24. For his impressive portrayal Benedict was nominated for the ALFS Award in 2008.
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