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 ...
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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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$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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Beah Richards was in declining health during production, and had to breathe from an oxygen tank between takes. See more »

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When Paul D first arrives and sits on the porch with Sethe, her braids are in front of her shoulders. In the full shot that comes immediately after Sethe's braids are behind her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Denver: Why you call yourself Beloved?
Beloved: In the dark, my name Beloved.
Denver: What's it like where you was before? Can you tell me?
Beloved: Dark. I was small in that place.
[curls up]
Beloved: Like this here.
Denver: Were you cold?
Beloved: Hot! Nothing to breathe down there. No room to move.
Denver: You see anybody?
Beloved: It's a lot of people down there. Some is dead.
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Referenced in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

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Arranged and Performed by Enoch Brown
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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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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