Ill Gotten Gains Film Details
Overview: WEST AFRICA 1869 – Slave trade is illegal. There is a revolt on a slave ship – twenty four men fight for their lives. Out-gunned, the revolt fails but a second uprising is planned.
Review: I didn’t see this movie during its theatrical release but heard much about it and now I’ve been able to screen it on video. Although obviously produced on a low budget – which actually adds to the simple honesty of the presentation — it is one of the most searing filmed accounts of the greatest human tragedy ever perpetrated. Namely slavery. If you want a Hollywood stereotypical version of racial injustice this is not for you. “Amistad” which also purported to be about an uprising on a slave ship was nothing more than a courtroom drama in the Perry Mason style with angry looking African Americans and the mandatory sympathetic white man. In “Ill Gotten Gains” you feel the real shame and degredation endured by the captives. And the perverse power enjoyed by the captors. The movie while not a box office success — how could it be through reopening this, our nation’s most shameful secret — should be seen by youngsters of all races to get a truthful, unblemished and authentic account of this inglorious stain in our history books.
Country: United States
Duration: 101 min
Genre: Drama, History
Also known as: Ill Gotten Gains