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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Schoolteacher
Kessia Embry ...
Amy Denver (as Kessia Kordelle)
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Schoolteacher's Nephew
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Younger Sethe (as Lisa Gay Hamilton)
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Some exteriors set in 19th century Cincinnati were actually filmed on 3rd St in the Old City section of Philadelphia. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sethe: You came back to me...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/Avril Lavigne (2007) See more »

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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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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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