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 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

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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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When Jonathan Demme presented an honorary Oscar to his mentor Roger Corman, he revealed that the Jason Robards role in Beloved (1998) had been originally cast to be played by Corman, but when Corman discovered the role had no lines, "a scheduling conflict ensued and he withdrew from the part with apologies." 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 »


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 Smart Guy: It Takes Two (1999) See more »


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Failed to capture the greatness of the book
16 November 1998 | by (Livingston, New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

After having read the novel by Toni Morrison, this film was extremely disappointing. The strength of the novel had to do with its use of interior monologue, and powerful flashback sequences. The interior monologue couldn't be transferred to screen, but the flashbacks could have been more than quarter-second flashes of remembered pain. In TIME magazine, Oprah Winfrey said that she wanted Beloved to be her Schindler's List. The difference between Beloved and Schindler's List is not just a discernible narrative, but also in the power of the imagery. By robbing us of the full slavery sequences and the entire sequence of Paul D's imprisonment in Alfred, Georgia lessen the power of the novel. The portrayal of Beloved was also extremely odd. She spoke in some kind of combination of Linda Blair in The Exorcist and a toad. Overall, Jonathan Demme really let this film slip out of greatness, and into the discount rack at the video store.

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