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

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Denver aged 9
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Howard aged 14
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Buglar aged 13
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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 <crashbug@ix.netcom.com>

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

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The past has a life of its own.

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Drama | History | Horror

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

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16 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$22,843,047 (USA) (12 March 1999)
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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 »

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

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Sethe: I got a tree on my back and a haint in my house, and nothing inbetween but the daughter I'm holding in my arms.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998) See more »

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Sheep, Sheep Dont'cha Know The Road
Arranged by Alan Lomax and Bessie Jones
Performed by Bessie Jones and The Sea Island Singers
Courtesy of Rounder Records/Ocean Park Music
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Beloved: Historical, enthralling, and an American Classic
19 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Famous feminist writer, Toni Morrison, deserved to win a Pulitzer Prize for her historical novel that represents Black American's struggles with slavery and freedom.

How anyone, let alone hundreds of voters here, could rate this marvelously directed & performed film a 1 is beyond me. Oprah Winfrey is the leading lady of the cast who ultimately demonstrates what is an Oscar-entitled performance.

Sethe, the character Winfrey plays is one of the most complex & challenging ones that I can imagine for any actor to take upon themselves. In fact, Winfrey stayed so true to her character, in my mind, she became Sethe: a former slave mother, a million & a half miles away from a Oprah the billionaire guest show host in Chicago! Danny Glover also gave a grand performance that was equally far from any other role I've seen him play. He & Winfrey together are a fine big screen match who I hope are in movies with Pulitzer prize winning plots as thick as is this one.


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