Amazing Grace depicts the 1972 concert when Franklin performed with James Cleveland and The Southern California Community Choir at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Warner Bros Records hired the late Sydney Pollack to film the show over two nights as a companion piece to the recording of a live album of the same name, which went on to become the biggest-selling album of Franklin’s career.
The film remained unseen for decades, because Pollack forgot to use clapperboards, which made it almost impossible to sync sound to image. After Pollack died in 2008, Alan Elliot took over the film and produced with Joe Boyd, Rob Johnson, Sabrina Owens, Tirrell D. Whittley, Jerry Wexler, and Joseph Woolf.
★★★★★ - Newshub
"Aretha Franklin's voice in Amazing Grace is magic capable of time travel. Please don't miss this."
★★★★★ - Rolling Stone
“An unforgettable experience”
“They say good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it.”
★★★★★ – Guardian
“I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person”
“When a parishioner leaps to her feet, her spirit clearly moved, you'll want to do the same. Wholy Holy indeed.”
★★★★ – Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ – Daily Telegraph
★★★★ – Independent (UK)
★★★★ - The Times (UK)
99% - Rotten Tomatoes