CAST: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin DIRECTOR: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack ENDS 5/23
In January 1972, Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack documented the making of a live album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. The album sold over two million copies and became the jewel in the crown of the queen, Aretha Franklin. The album, Amazing Grace, became the bestselling gospel album of all time. The film has never before been seen until now.
You get both the most lovely gaze a professional camera's ever laid upon Aretha Franklin and some of the mightiest singing she's ever laid on you.Wesley Morris, New York Times
'Amazing Grace' is two days of Baptist church condensed to 90 minutes and injected directly into your soul.Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
As a document of an iconic musician's skills, the film is essential. But Amazing Grace is far more than that: Watching it is a transcendent, spine-tingling, uplifting, utterly joyous experience.Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR