This film relates the true story of mutiny aboard the slave ship Amistad, which was destined for America in 1839. The slaves revolted, murdered the crew, and remained adrift for weeks. After discovery by some American marine officers, the slaves were tried for murder. A few noble people stood to defend them -- no matter what the cost -- to end the dehumanizing institution of slavery in the New World. Those few are the strength of Amistad, which means "friendship" in Spanish. Starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Hawthorne, and newcomer Djimon Hounsou, Amistad was nominated for four Academy Awards and grossed more than $44 million.