Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yada Beener ...
Denver aged 9
Emil Pinnock ...
Howard aged 14
Calen Johnson ...
Buglar aged 13
Baby Suggs
Kessia Embry ...
Amy Denver (as Kessia Kordelle)
Schoolteacher's Nephew
Younger Sethe (as Lisa Gay Hamilton)
Tyler Hinson ...
Baby Beloved


After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen... Written by Jeremy Cohen <>

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Plot Keywords:

spirit | farm | freedom | slavery | ohio | See All (154) »


The past has a life of its own.


Drama | History | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent images, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agapimeni  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,165,551 (USA) (16 October 1998)


$22,843,047 (USA) (12 March 1999)

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Did You Know?


The farmhouse scenes were filmed in Fair Hill, Maryland, on parkland along the Big Elk Creek (seen in the creek wading scene). The park manager, Ed Walls even had a bit part as the ferris wheel operator. The house was entirely built for the movie, though it was convincing enough to fool park goers into thinking it was a real old farmhouse after the movie crew departed. There was no snow that year, so the winter scenes were fabricated with fake snow, plastic icicles and shaved ice, all of which had to be vacuumed up from the fields once shooting was completed. During filming, the park office got a call from another Maryland park asking for advice on dealing with a another film crew. They claimed some kids wanted to film a movie, but they said they didn't seem to know what they were doing, and seemed to just be running around the woods with cameras. The Beloved ended up not being nearly as big of a box office draw as The Blair Witch Project. See more »


A mixing bowl that Sithe was using in the begining breaks when the ghost attacks for the last time. It's whole again in the scene where she is picking the ice towards the end. See more »


Baby Suggs: No matter what happen, God has led you home. So lay em' down Sethe, sword and shield. For God has led you home.
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The Clearing Song
Written by Dianne McIntyre
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A Fair Film
18 October 1998 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

Beloved the movie seeks to rival Beloved the novel in telling the African-American story. While it could not attempt to capture all of the richness of Morrison's great novel, it does do what it can in the constraints of a feature movie. The performances are phenomenal, and any Oscar nominations will be well deserved. The Ohio/Kentucky background takes one's breath away and the movie really does grip its viewer during key scenes

However, Morrison's non-linear style did not translate as well on the big screen and the flashbacks are truly confusing at points. Moreover, the movie has about three natural climaxes which heighten the viewer's awareness of the length of the movie.

All told, it is a good movie, but it is not a must-see movie, nor will it have the cultural impact Oprah intended.

(As for no likeable white characters which some posts have charged, first Mr. Baldwin is a likeable white person. Second, in a post-slavery society of Ohio/Kentucky, why do there have to be any good whites in this narrow world? Oh yeah, don't be mad at Oprah for that--Morrison didn't include any in her book either)

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