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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is a movie starring Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, and Alexander Hamilton. A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Other Titles
Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace - A szeretet hangján, Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin, Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace, Khesed Moufla: Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin
Running Time
1 hours 29 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Music
Director
Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Actors
Alexander Hamilton, James Cleveland, Cornell Dupree, Aretha Franklin
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Comments about documentary «Amazing Grace» (21)

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Teresa

I just watched this film on DVD and I must say, it is excellent. It is a simple, intimate look at the life of Michael Jackson and what drove him to his hard times, and to make music and become a worldwide star. While some of the stories are sad and depressing, it's important to look into how his music affected him and what makes him tick. Although it's a little long for a DVD, I found it to be much more interesting than I thought it would be. When I first heard about this film, I thought it was a low budget film, but to my surprise, it's really quite good. It is a unique look at Michael Jackson's life and shows how he took over and did what he did. Some of the stuff you'll only see in the trailers or from other sources. But it's still worth the watch. For me, this is a really personal look at what Michael Jackson did and what it meant to him and his family. While I love Jackson, this isn't about him, but his family and how they were affected by his success. If you're a Michael Jackson fan, I think you'll really enjoy this movie.

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Adam

A PBS Special, "The Power of Prayer", really hits the nail right on the head. The film is about the lives of people who pray. The film has a nice presentation, well made, and shot beautifully. Some of the subjects that are brought up in the film are definitely important and worthy of speaking out about. However, I think the main strength of the film is the ability to use the subjects to expose the dangers of the "old" methods of prayer, and the teachings of certain churches. If you have a few hours to kill, I would definitely recommend this movie.

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Lisa M.

A great documentary on one of the most significant Irish musical artists of all time. Hugh O'Conor was a remarkable performer, both in terms of his singing and his singing on the stage. His career ended abruptly after the death of his mother, and as a result of his death, his fans have been forced to search for other singers to replace him. O'Conor's music was a hard hitting, populist, Celtic rock-oriented music. In fact, it is said that some of his songs had already been heard by a very large audience in Ireland and other parts of Europe, but that these listeners did not know that he was from Northern Ireland. Many of his fans would never even know that he was from Northern Ireland, and the people of Northern Ireland were barely aware that he was from Ireland, let alone that he had any Northern Irish ancestry. As a result of this lack of awareness, a lot of his fans were upset that he was no longer being given proper credit. Many of them also believed that he was not singing good enough, that his voice was not great enough, or that he was not singing enough. O'Conor himself said that he was never really put on the map in the United States until the 1980's. But his fans were unhappy, and made a point of paying more attention to other artists who had come from Northern Ireland. His fans, both in America and in Ireland, were more appreciative of his music and of his more modern style. The book "Let's Dance" (1973) by William Zorn published in the United States was the first biography of O'Conor. In the film, "A Little More Jimmy", Hugh O'Conor (Daniel Day Lewis) also spoke about his relationship with his mother, and talked about how his mother had influenced his life. His mother (Trish van Devere) lived in Dublin with his younger brother, (Brendan Gleeson) and his mother suffered from Alzheimer's, which led to the death of Jimmy. Hugh O'Conor, whom we never see, shows us the life of his mother, and how she had been influenced by her life experiences. He describes his mother's Alzheimer's, and how she showed him that he could be good at what he did. She had great sensitivity and joy of life, and was a true example of what can happen when a parent has Alzheimer's. As a result of this, Hugh O'Conor was put on the map in the United States and became a success with his music. But the issues of O'Conor's mother's death and how he became successful in America were not discussed at all in the film. The film shows us that Hugh O'Conor is very different from his mother. He had been very successful in America, and he had many fans. But he was very sensitive, and a true believer in Jesus Christ, and he was very devout to his beliefs. O'Conor is one of the very few great singers in the history of Irish music. His music was very popular and he had very good timing, and he could sing three songs in a row and still be good, just like his mother. He also had great timing, and was very good at melody, and he was an extremely good performer. His fans loved his music, and were happy that he was making music. But his mother's death affected him, and he had great difficulty in singing. He was unable to sing a good number and his singing was not up to par. He needed time to write some music, and he had to learn to play the piano. He had many difficulties in his singing, and he had difficulty writing songs. But Hugh O'Conor was very sensitive to his mother's death and to the death of his brother, and was very good about making music. I found the film very interesting and the two main characters, Hugh O'Conor (Daniel Day Lewis) and Trish van Devere (Trish van Devere) are very well played by Daniel Day Lewis and Trish van Devere. Hugh O'Conor's mother is a wonderful singer and musician and I hope that the people of Northern Ireland will be shown the film as well. Hugh O'Conor's music was very popular in the United States, and many of his fans were very satisfied that he had become a success. But there were many people who were unhappy with his music, and there was a lot of confusion in the music industry as to what Hugh O'Conor was doing. And many of his fans were upset with his singing. And his music did not become very popular in the United States. But Hugh O'Conor's mother did not

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Donna S.

For years, I've heard people say that Grace is not really a historical record, but a film or documentary about the Pianski family. The only problem with that is that I don't know if the producers or director knew what they were doing. With Grace, they did a poor job of putting together a comprehensive documentary on the Pianski family. They had basically nothing to go on. The film is well done, but lacking in major context. They tried to dig up information from people who were still alive, and most of the information they got was inaccurate. The fact that Grace was about 3 years old, is a far cry from the age of Grace herself, and Grace's mother. I know that if Grace was 5 or 6, she probably would have been better informed. Anyway, the film is good. The photography is beautiful. The music is beautiful. The content is good. The tone of the film is more realistic than previous films about the Pianski family. The setting is also beautiful, and you can really feel the power of Grace's voice. It is an interesting film, and I do recommend it. Just don't watch it with a history teacher or even with your grandparents. Grace is a drama, not a documentary. It's not really a film about the Pianski family.

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Aaron

I think that most of the negative comments about this documentary are due to a misunderstanding of what the film was about. The "priesthood" I suppose is a synonym for church or religious institution. The film simply asked questions about the power of money in church. The film is not about Christianity. It is not a political documentary. It is a film about what is possible in America. It is a film about a very good man, who was deeply hurt by his ex-wife's betrayal of faith and the effect that has had on him and his family. I believe that most of the negative comments about the film are wrong. I don't think that the film suggests that Christianity is a thing of the past. What the film does suggest is that religion can be a power in this country. And what the film really shows is that even the most vulnerable among us have a right to their religion. If you look at the protests that have taken place in favor of same-sex marriage, you will see that they are the same people who have protested against an offensive joke about Catholics. The same people who have protested against jokes about Catholics. What the film shows is that religion can be a powerful tool in a society. The religious and political power is never far apart. The question is, can we use this power responsibly? And if so, can we be truly responsible to those we love? I am very much interested in what the film will reveal about the churches of America. And, I will be watching the DVD when it is released. I have already begun looking at the religious contents of the film and I will be watching the film again and again.

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Kevin

This documentary goes beyond any history lesson that it may have attempted to be, and just revels in how small the difference between "the" of grace and "the" of the Gospel really is. The film is quite a bit more cerebral than I was expecting, and is most effective in its depiction of Christian traditions rather than its treatment of them as primarily about a man's love for a woman. It is also a lovely demonstration of the power of prayer, in which prayers come to God through the grace of God. It is not an agenda-driven piece, and I was grateful for that. There were some moments in the film where I thought it would veer into over-simplification, but there were also moments that I thought it would be very cautious. I think it's a very good film that I think most Americans should see, and especially Christians. I hope to see it again in the near future, and I hope that it helps me see how much faith and love are in the gospel.

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Brandon L.

Billy Preston is an English folk musician, whose music is synonymous with folk music, but Preston's lyrics are also inspired by the blues. He is a full-throttle working class guy, a guitarist, and a living example of the lost generation. Preston's music is extremely effective, but he is more like a local legend. This is a very powerful and personal film about Preston's music. It is quite stunning and inspiring, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Christian Reid

I have to agree with the earlier review about how this movie is not very religious. The movie is not really about Jesus. It is about the love between two friends who have been at odds since they were little kids. The movie is about how they find forgiveness. It is also about the faith that is lost when people want to use their "God" as a reason for an action. It is also about how they find new ways to pray. The movie is not perfect. Some of the characters are a bit over the top. The acting is a little above average. The ending is a little off. The movie is more about the journey that these two friends take as they try to forgive each other. A good movie for a Sunday afternoon.

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Linda

The bumbling crew of artists who happened to be the infamous "band" is a fascinating, if painful, exploration of the meaning of music and art, including a look at the evolution of the band itself, and how the three main players (now living their own lives) interact with each other and the community. The story begins with a recording session in which the three main players reveal their personalities, conflicts, and personalities to the world. There are many songs, but the songs are each more important than the others, with the "Hallelujah Chorus" being the most revealing. These three live through a wild ride of emotions, which ultimately culminates in the concert, the supergroup, and the initial notoriety. The interviews are insightful, and the music is rich and compelling. An amazing documentary that reminds us why we love music.

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Rebecca J.

This is a truly remarkable film about a couple of New Yorkers who love to play musical instruments. They become instrumental in building a cultural festival in their neighborhood. They also learn to love again, get on with their lives and even take part in a competition. For a film to be inspiring and educational, this is a must-see. It's a reminder that life is about more than what you can do, it's what you can do for others. This film is also a celebration of the human spirit.

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Catherine R.

I've seen the film so many times now, and I still keep thinking about it. I can't remember a moment that wasn't emotionally intense or highly emotional. I don't think the film had a weak point. I've never been more moved by an anti-war documentary. I couldn't understand why a guy in Vietnam, on a first day of training in Cambodia, would stay in one camp, where people he never saw before were waiting for him. I was upset when he finally went back. I thought the movie portrayed the war with respect. I'm not trying to convince anyone that it was a bad thing that people died. I was shocked that anyone could treat a dying man like a dog. I'm not saying that everyone was right, I'm just saying that the movie portrayed the war with respect. I'd still recommend the film to anyone who doesn't want to watch it at home.

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James

When I was in my teens and twenties, I went to concerts with my friends and we were all in high school. The one concert that really got my attention was when the band The Jam were playing on that TV in my school. So I was never the least bit disappointed when I saw this film. In this film, the band performs some of their greatest hits. These songs still stay with me. They had a good sound, especially the last song, "I Don't Want to be a Player". It was all about the sound. The sound is so important in a musical because if you make a musical that sounds like a recording studio, the sound is less important. I was never too fond of the old music in this film but it's not really a problem. The film is very entertaining. In fact, it's more like a documentary because it doesn't move very quickly. I think it's a very good movie but I was never a huge fan of it. I think you should see it if you're not a huge fan of music.

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Kathryn T.

As an avid fan of most of The Rolling Stones' music, I was interested in seeing this film because it deals with a period of time when The Rolling Stones were making great music, and the documentary is primarily made up of live concert footage of the Stones. The film does a good job of explaining the roots of The Rolling Stones, but it is also a little dated (there is a good discussion about the Rolling Stones performing in the early 1960s). It is worth watching, but it is definitely a long-time fan's film. * out of *

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Grace P.

This is the best documentary I have ever seen. It is also one of the most important films I have seen in a long time. I agree with others that "Jesus Dance" should have been the "coming of age" documentary. The scenes of the dancing are awesome and I hope they are included in future films. If you want to learn about the life of Christ, this is the perfect film to see. I would recommend seeing it several times and studying it the whole way through.

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Andrew F.

It was a good documentary, but it didn't really go into much detail. I would have liked to hear more about the story behind the music, which was so interesting. Some other songs were good as well, like "Time To Live" and "Don't Cry."

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Catherine W.

This is the best documentary about the Rolling Stones (in the rock world at least) that I've seen. It's not an exact copy of the concert footage from the late 60's, but it's a fairly good depiction of the Stones and their history. The most important feature of the documentary is the interviews with the real people who know the most about the Rolling Stones. They have no opinions about the Stones themselves, but they have some interesting stories about their youth, their families and what drove them to create music, starting from the age of five years old. These interviews were a great source of information and they are presented in a realistic way. It's very impressive to see how the Stones grew up, and the story of the people that know them the most is that they had a very diverse upbringing. They were very harsh and self-destructive, and as a result they had to deal with the consequences of their irresponsible behavior. They lived in a chaotic environment, and their mother, who never taught them anything about family or family values, started losing touch with them and their siblings, causing the siblings to blame their mother and other people. The Rolling Stones knew how to make music that wasn't commercial and they were as unique as any group, but they knew how to grow up and how to deal with adversity, and they were still very influential at the end. They had a very different kind of music, and they knew how to play that music and how to be innovative. That's why they were able to keep creating new music. When you see these interviews, it's very interesting because you can get a different point of view of the Stones. Sometimes you can see the Rolling Stones as idiots and sometimes you can see them as intelligent, creative, and all the other things that they were. They were so different from everybody else and everybody knew that. This is also the best music documentary I've seen for sure, I'd rate it a 9.5 out of 10. It's a very accurate documentary about the rock history, with a lot of great information. It's also very informative about the Beatles and The Stones. It's a must see for rock history enthusiasts, but don't miss it.

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Edward W.

This documentary follows the three days leading up to the controversial funeral of a 13-year-old boy. It's a basic, slightly depressing story of a father's struggles to make sense of his grief and find ways to be a positive role model for his family. It also focuses on the social and psychological reactions of the American media, the criticism that's been aimed at the parents for being insensitive to their grief, and the child's subsequent willingness to express it to the press. I really liked this movie. It's simple and very honest, and you see people's reactions to it, but it's still never judgmental. I was grateful that they didn't try to make it preachy. Instead they gave it a fair shake, and let it speak for itself. The audience is the people who have never had to deal with tragedy, and it's their stories that they want to tell. Some of them will tell you to look at the big picture. This is a simple story of a parent dealing with grief, and for that, I'm thankful.

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Craig

After 30 years of sobriety, Raymond Burkett (played by Larry Hagman) tells his tale of overcoming alcoholism, alcoholism, alcoholism. Having been recently released from prison, he takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery. Burkett's story is as fascinating as his music. In the process, he shares his faith, his family, and his journey to self-acceptance. His life story is compelling and surprising. To the viewer, it seems as if Burkett had no choice but to get sober, and get out. His life has been a very difficult journey, and he looks back with pride. Larry Hagman is a remarkable actor, and he shows his versatility in this film. He embodies all of Raymond's characteristics, from his alcohol addiction, to his father-like rejection of him, to his voice, and even his mannerisms. He is wonderfully delivered in his character, and his transformation is truly impressive. No one could have played Raymond Burkett quite like Larry Hagman, and he is certainly deserving of an Academy Award nomination. Burkett's story is truly inspirational, and his story is an interesting one to watch. His story is worth telling, and I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to learn about alcoholism, alcoholism, alcoholism.

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Rose Austin

You would think that a movie about a man who stood up for his convictions and stood up to the enemies of his country would be a great movie. But it's not. It's just an interesting story about this man who stood up to the forces of evil, and the people who stood by him, and fought for him. The story itself is interesting, but the movie is a great one. I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good story. It's a great movie that will make you think.

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Hannah Wagner

It is hard to find a movie that is the exact opposite of this. The acting is superb, the visual effects are incredible and the soundtrack is great. But the real reason to watch this movie is the story itself. It is a piece of art that has come to a time of transition. And I am not talking about the times of the "American" film industry. This is a story about how a faith can be used in the most terrible situations, because of the freedom the church offers to everyone. In the end, this is a piece of art that I am going to cherish and watch over and over. Because I think it is a story that needs to be told, and I think it can be told in an intelligent and honest way. Don't be deceived by the trailers for this movie. It is not a horror movie or a comedy. It is the true story of a woman who lost her faith because of a betrayal, and in the end she came back to her senses, but it is still not easy to come back from the past. But I would recommend this movie to anyone who is open to it.

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Stephanie Davidson

I think this film should not be dismissed. It's an important film about music, and the suffering of Bob Dylan, and his relatives, who were mistreated by the authorities during the Vietnam War. It's a documentary about their tragedy. Some of the footage is painful, and some is funny. If you've never seen a Dylan concert, this film may not be for you. But if you've seen a Dylan concert, this film will provide a fresh perspective of the performer and his talent. Some of the interview footage is quite amazing, especially the first one. Dylan's musical genius is still apparent in the film, even after all these years. This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. If you're not a Dylan fan, then you'll be disappointed. It's better if you don't know Dylan, and then you can't compare his music to other rock bands. But I do think it's a good film, worth watching.