Amazing Grace (1974 film)

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Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace (1974 film).jpg
Theatrical poster to Amazing Grace (1974)
Directed by Stan Lathan
Written by Matt Robinson
Starring Moms Mabley
Slappy White
Rosalind Cash
Moses Gunn
Music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
August 30, 1974 (1974-08-30)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Amazing Grace is a 1974 comedy film featuring comedian Moms Mabley, playing the title role of Grace Teasdale Grimes.[1] Grace is a widow who influences the local mayoral election in Baltimore, Maryland after she discovers her somewhat slow-witted neighbor is being used to run for mayor by shady politicians and the incumbent mayor to further his own self-serving reelection efforts.

Grace knows the politicians have no interest in the betterment of the neighborhood and are only interested in getting their hands on the money that comes into it. She organizes some of the people in the community and together they devise a plan to thwart the crooked politician’s schemes.

Mabley appeared in the film, along with veteran actors Butterfly McQueen and Stepin Fetchit a year before her death at the age of 81.

The film is not associated with the popular Christian hymn Amazing Grace (words by John Newton), but is a play based on Mabley's character, who happens to be named Grace. It is available on DVD from MGM, and on Blu-Ray from Olive Films.[2][3]

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