In the summer of 1839, on a stormy night off the coast of Cuba, 53 Africans held captive in the cramped cargo holds of the Spanish slave ship La Amistad break free of their shackles. Led by Cinque (DJIMON HOUNSOU), they arm themselves, take control of the ship and reclaim their freedom. They have one goal: to return to Africa.
Without the navigational skills to guide them home, the Africans are forced to rely on the two surviving members of the crew. But they are tricked. After two months on a ragged course up the Eastern seaboard, the Amistad is captured by an American naval ship off the coast of Connecticut and the Africans were charged for murder and piracy.
Director Steven Spielberg's 1997 classic Amistad made its debut on the Blu-ray format for the first time earlier this week. Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou and recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey lead an all-star cast in this drama based on the true story about a group of slaves who overtake their captor's ship and try to return back to Africa. To help celebrate this, we have a contest where our readers can in copies of this new Blu-ray of the harrowing drama, which was nominated for four Oscars. Take a look at how you can win below.
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