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Thursday, March 08, 2007

GREENLIGHT #117: Amazing Grace (with "Witness for the Prosecution" and "Coal Miner's Daughter")

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Ann and Les were awed by Amazing Grace (2007.) It tells the story of William Wilberforce, played by Ioan Grufford, who with a little help from his friend and Prime Minister William Pitt, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, abolished the slave trade in Britain. And it also tells the story of the song "Amazing Grace." It had every bit the impact on Ann and Les director Michael Apted and producer Patricia Heaton and her husband must have wanted. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another British movie where lots of actors where the barrister's wig called Witness for the Prosecution (1957.) In this movie, Charles Laughton plays a tired old English lawyer who takes on one last case and is masterful. Watch for the fireworks in the courtroom with Marlene Dietrich. Ann recommends another film by Mr. Apsted which, while still a biography, is worlds apart from 18th century England. For this movie, Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for portraying the first-lady-of country Loretta Lynn, from her marriage at 13 to Doo, played at-once endearingly and maddeningly by a masterful Tommy Lee Jones, to her phenomenal success complete with all its pitfalls. The film is the beautiful Coal Miner's Daughter (1980.)
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