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Beloved (1998)

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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

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

spirit | farm | freedom | slavery | ohio | See more »

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The past has a life of its own.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£74,302 (UK) (5 March 1999)

Gross:

£148,377 (UK) (12 March 1999)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for her role as a slave, Oprah Winfrey went through a 24-hour simulation of the experience of slavery, which included being tied up and blindfolded and left alone in the woods. See more »

Goofs

In the scene with a deer in the field, a car is visible driving by in the upper right hand corner. See more »

Quotes

Denver: How come everybody from Sweet Home can't stop talking about it? Seems to me if it was so sweet, you wouldn't have run away.
Sethe: Girl, who you think you talking to?
Paul D: No, she's right, Sethe. It wasn't sweet, and it sure wasn't home.
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Connections

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I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
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Performed by Dorothy Love Coates and "The Thirty Women"
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close to film perfection
4 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this amazing film at the theatre and was skeptical going in due to Oprah's campaigning for it so heavily but was blown away regardless--after watching it again I understand her pleas. This stunning story and its brilliant execution by an outstanding director, cast and crew was seen by far too few people. It should have swept the oscars and if I recall--was merely nominated for costume design the same year that literally no black actors, directors, or films were nominated in any of their categories. wow--a real eye opener on how little respect good art recieves even today--let alone artists of color. I'd like the opportunity to tell each and every member of the cast how astonished I was even hours later. A beautiful, rich, and generous film. An earnest thank you to everyone who helped get it made. Bravo and thank you!


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