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Amistad(1997)

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  • Janusz Kaminski was nominated in the feature film category for the 1997 Outstanding Achievement Awards sponsored by the American Society of Cinematographers.
  • Nominated for the 1997 Golden Laurel award (Steven Spielberg, Debbie Allen and Colin Wilson) by the Producers Guild of America.
  • Nominated for two 1997 NAACP Image Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Djimon Hounsou).
  • Steven Spielberg was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 1997 by the Directors Guild of America.
  • Winner of the 1998 European Film Award for European Achievement in World Cinema (Stellan Skarsgard).
  • Limited Release in United States December 12, 1997
  • Released in United States 1998
  • Released in United States December 1998
  • Released in United States February 1998
  • Released in United States January 1998
  • Released in United States on Video June 30, 1998
  • Released in United States Winter December 10, 1997
  • Wide Release in United States December 25, 1997
  • Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California February 26 - March 6, 1998.
  • Shown at Brussels International Film Festival January 20-31, 1998.
  • Shown at Havana Film Festival in Havana, Cuba December 1-11, 1998.
  • Shown at Olso Film Days in Oslo, Norway February 6-12, 1998.
  • Attornies for novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud filed a $10,000,000 suit against the makers of "Amistad" in an attempt to block its release. They claimed that the filmmakers plagiarized her work "Echo of Lions." The suit was subsequently dropped after DreamWorks suggested that "Echo of Lions" actually plagiarized sections of the book "Black Mutiny."
  • Screenwriter David Franzoni was previously hired by Dustin Hoffman's Punch Productions to adapt Barbara Chase-Riboud's "Echo of Lions" for a film that was to star Dustin Hoffman as John Quincy Adams and to be directed by Barry Levinson.
  • Began shooting February 18, 1997.
  • Completed shooting April 30, 1997.
  • Steven Zaillian contributed to a draft of the screenplay, but after WGA arbitration did not receive screen credit.
  • Released in United States 1998 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California February 26 - March 6, 1998.)
  • Released in United States January 1998 (Shown at Brussels International Film Festival January 20-31, 1998.)
  • Released in United States February 1998 (Shown at Olso Film Days in Oslo, Norway February 6-12, 1998.)
  • Released in United States on Video June 30, 1998
  • Released in United States December 1998 (Shown at Havana Film Festival in Havana, Cuba December 1-11, 1998.)
  • Released in United States Winter December 10, 1997
  • Limited Release in United States December 12, 1997
  • Wide Release in United States December 25, 1997