Beloved (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Horror  |  16 October 1998 (USA)
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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 (148) »


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


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£148,377 (UK) (12 March 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A subplot in the novel, omitted from the film version, suggests that Beloved might actually be a missing woman from a nearby town who was tortured and imprisoned by a white man. The subplot underscored Sethe's need for Beloved to be her reincarnated daughter. See more »


The amount of lemonade in the glass while at the fairgrounds. See more »


Denver: Why you call yourself Beloved?
Beloved: In the dark, my name Beloved.
Denver: What's it like where you was before? Can you tell me?
Beloved: Dark. I was small in that place.
[curls up]
Beloved: Like this here.
Denver: Were you cold?
Beloved: Hot! Nothing to breathe down there. No room to move.
Denver: You see anybody?
Beloved: It's a lot of people down there. Some is dead.
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Referenced in The Salon (2005) See more »


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14 November 1998 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Is the only word that I can describe how I felt--directly after viewing the film and for several days afterwards. I was disturbed by the comments from people who don't have any feeling for what the film is saying or from people who don't grasp what is the result from slavery, guilt, survival and how to go one. Those who say the film is too long --that is how slavery was it went on for too long, and still goes on. Comments about the quality of the film the flow of the film. People seldom think in chronological order--feelings, taste, smells return in bursts . I have not experienced slavery(although I am African American) but only the results of slavery - mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, and economically--The film starts out with the reunion of Sethe and Paul D-(who both did time(as in prison) on Sweet Home)--the haunting of the home that Sethe occupies with her daughter Denver--this is similar to haunting women experience when they have had an abortion --you never get over it and even though I understood Sethe's need to destroy her children rather than have them experience slavery I just could not do it--I would rather inflict something on myself to prevent the ability to have any more children. But it is the same people that with courage and hope that is responsible for my life today. People(those with the negative comments) should stick to movies such as Austin Powers--they are uncomfortable with movies that invoke any thought, or feeling.

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