Independent distributors Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions said they would release the film on February 23, the 200th anniversary of the British parliament’s vote to abolish the slave trade. . . .
The companies are planning to target the traditional art house crowd, human rights groups and faith-based audiences.
“Wilberforce is a hero to many Christians because he combined political actions and his belief in God,” said Howard Cohen, Roadside co-president.
The film was produced by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz’s Bristol Bay Prods., which aims to make uplifting family-friendly fare. It scored a hit with “Ray.” . . .
Okay, I admit I included that last paragraph not because it has anything to do with Amazing Grace, per se, but because it strikes me as more than a little funny that anyone would suggest, however inadvertently, that Ray (2004), with its infidelities and drug addictions and so on, was “uplifting family-friendly fare”.