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Amazing Grace

(Rated G)

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Overview

Once hidden from the public entirely, the spine-tingling film of Aretha Franklin’s legendary 1972 concert has finally been released for all to marvel at. Following a string of hits throughout the late ’60s, the iconic singer and daughter of a Detroit preacher returned to her Gospel roots over two days at L.A.'s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Accompanied by the Southern Californian Community Choir, and captured by filmmaker Sydney Pollack, the late Franklin brought the house down time and time again with her sensational, soaring vocals. She's never been more mesmerising.

"It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle — just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God."
— Rolling Stone
"A transcendent joy ... I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person."
— The Guardian
"This is obviously one of the great music films ... Don’t bother with tissues. Bring a towel."
— The New York Times

Why You Should See This Film

Although the resulting recording, Amazing Grace, would go on to become her most successful album, Pollack’s documentary would spend decades tied up in legal battles without a proper release. Now for the first time, audiences can revisit an unforgettable moment in music history as the Queen of Soul rouses a transfixed crowd, including the likes of her father, Mick Jagger and a host of Gospel icons.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: G
  • Director: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
  • Cast: Aretha Franklin
  • Duration: 89 minutes
  • Language: English
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