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Amazing Grace Rated U

Amazing Grace

Dir. Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott. USA, 2018. 1h 28m. Starring Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Cornell Dupree.

Aretha Franklin’s seminal gospel LP Amazing Grace was recorded in 1972 in front of a live congregation, accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir. The album became legendary, but the film footage – due to a sound-syncing error – was thrown into a vault never to be seen again…until now! Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer at the peak of her powers, this incredible filmed-concert documentary is a must-see for music lovers.

‘I felt wrung out at the end of this film. How incredible must it have been for those who were there in person.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘Euphoric is the only word for it. Aretha’s voice has been piped down from the heavens.’ ★★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies