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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

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)
Tyler Hinson ...
Baby Beloved
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Halle
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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>

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spirit | farm | freedom | slavery | ohio | See All (153) »

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The past has a life of its own.

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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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Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£74,302 (UK) (5 March 1999)

Gross:

£148,377 (UK) (12 March 1999)
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Oprah Winfrey purchased the film rights to the novel in 1987. She claims that while reading the book, she could only picture herself as Sethe and Danny Glover as Paul D. It took her ten years to get the film made, which she finally had to produce herself. See more »

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When the camera is following Beloved out to the shed, you can the camera man's shoe for a second in the bottom right corner. See more »

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Paul D: [after becoming more and more suspicious of Beloved] Sethe. Sethe, baby, we were starting to feel a little like a family ourself, till she come along.
Sethe: Is that what got your teeth on edge?
Paul D: It's a feeling in me. I can't place it. It's her.
Sethe: You wanna feel something? Feel what it feel like to be a colored woman, roaming the roads, and anything God made liable to jump on you. Feel that!
Paul D: I know every bit of that, Sethe. I wasn't born yesterday, and I never mistreated a woman in my life.
Sethe: Well, that ...
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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
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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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