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Amazing Grace
Archived: Amazing Grace (2018)

director: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

With: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, a.o.

duration: 89 minutes

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World Soundtrack Awards - Amazing Grace

In 1972, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin's career was at its highest peak. But, perhaps to take a step back from the bright lights, Aretha decided to return to her roots. In a small LA church, Aretha recorded a double LP with a gospel choir, for a small adoring crowd. Syney Pollack captured the concert at the time, but the film was never released due to audio issues. Ten years ago, producer Alan Elliott bought the footage, fixed the problems, but was not allowed to release the film because Aretha was adamantly opposed. After Franklin's death last year, Elliott reached an agreement with Franklin's inheritors and was finally able to share 'Amazing Grace' with the world.


director: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
producer: Spike Lee, Alan Elliott, Joe Boyd, Rob Johnson, Chiemi Karasawa, Sabrina V. Owens, Angie Seegers, Tirrell D. Whittley, Joseph Woolf
Editor: Jeff Buchanan

production company: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: United States of America
year: 2018

Official site


ALLAN ELLIOTT: Amazing Grace (2019)

SYDNEY POLLACK: The Slender Thread (1965), This Property Is Condemned (1966), The Scalphunters (1968), The Swimmer (1968), Castle Keep (1969), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Way We Were (1973), The Yakuza (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Bobby Deerfield (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Absence of Malice (1981), Tootsie (1982), Out of Africa (1985), Havana (1990), The Firm (1993), Sabrina (1995), Random Hearts (1999), The Interpreter (2005), Amazing Grace (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,78


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