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Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Release Date December 10, 1997
Language English
Distributor DreamWorks Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Theodore Joadson Morgan Freeman
John Quincy Adams Anthony Hopkins
Roger Sherman Baldwin Matthew McConaughey
Sengbe Pieh / Joseph Cinqué Djimon Hounsou
President Martin Van Buren Nigel Hawthorne
Secretary of State John Forsyth David Paymer
Captain Fitzgerald Peter Firth

Amistad (Spanish for Friendship) is a 1997 drama directed by Steven Spielberg. 1839: On the slave ship "Amistad" it comes to a mutiny. The 40 rebels are threatening the death penalty in a country whose official policy still supports slavery. The accused remains only a hope: The young lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) and John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins), the last surviving founding fathers of American independence and one of the first presidents of the young democracy.

The following weapons were used in the film Amistad:


Flintlock Pistol

The Spanish captain is seen using a Flintlock Pistol when trying to put down the mutiny.

Belgian EIC (East India Company) pattern flintlock pistol - .69 cal.
The captain fires the pistol.
A Portuguese sailor holds the pistol.


Springfield Model 1795

US soldiers and prison guards are armed with Springfield Model 1795 muskets. A Spanish captain is also seen with this musket at the beginning. Some members of the Royal Marines are also armed with this musket. The use of American muskets by the Spanish and especially by the British in this era is historically dubious.

Springfield Model 1795 - .75 caliber.
The captain of the Amistad uses the bayonet of his musket to repel prisoners. It likely stands in for a Spanish musket considering that Spanish muskets from this era or even their replicas are extremely rare.
A US sailor with the musket.
Promotional picture.


Sengbe Pieh (Djimon Hounsou) is seen with a Blunderbuss onboard the Amistad.

English Flintlock Blunderbuss.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

The Brown Bess Flintlock Musket is used by Royal Marines as they free the prisoners held at the Lomboko Slave Fortress.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket - .75 caliber.
Royal Marines take aim with their musket. The upper and the front are Springfield muskets, a highly unlikely weapon for the British considering the US–British relations in this era. The Springfields were likely used due to the lack of sufficient Brown Bess muskets.
Royal Marines running with their muskets.

1853 Enfield

In the epilogue of the film, a Civil War battle is seen where both Union and Confederate soldiers use the Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle.

1853 Enfield.
In the epilogue of the film, a Civil War battle is seen where both Union and Confederate soldiers use the Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle.

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