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Amazing Grace

Release Date: February 23, 2007

MPAA rating: PG  for thematic material involving slavery and some mild language)
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Romola Garai, Ciaran Hinds, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N’dour, & Michael Gambon

Recommended Age: 10+

Sex

  None

Violence

  Animal abuse, graphic description of slavery

Language

          “damn,’ “hell”

 

Set in the late 18th century, Amazing Grace tells the story of Member of Parliament William Wilberforce, as he fights for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire. Despite his bills to Parliament being repeatedly voted down, he battles the culture and prejudices of his day. Wilberforce must also cope with his own poor health and an inadvertent addiction to morphine (which was commonly administered by doctors, and the addictive properties of which were unknown at the time).

There is little content of concern in Amazing Grace. The opening scene of the film shows a worker whipping his horse. Wilberforce (who was also founder of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) stops the beating and explains that if the owner lets the horse rest, he will get the performance he needs from the animal. Amazing Grace pulls no punches in describing the brutality and inhumanity of slavery. While actual slave conditions are not shown they are described in detail. These descriptions may offend some viewers and disturb young or sensitive children.

For its positive messages and exploration of a significant aspect of history, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Amazing Grace the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC does not recommend this film for viewers under age 10.

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