Steven Spielberg’s epic drama about a true 1839 slave ship rebellion and the resulting Supreme Court case takes a lot of liberties with the facts – mainly to create white heroes. In the movie, John Quincy Adams (played by Anthony Hopkins) argues for the African refugees’ freedom. He did that in real life, too, but his antislavery stances were more wishy-washy than the film would suggest. The movie also left out the part when 3,000 white people paid 12 cents to stare at the Africans while they were in jail awaiting the trial that would decide their fate.
16 of the most historically inaccurate movies ever
Facts, schmacts! You won’t want to look to Hollywood for history trivia – here’s why.