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Beloved (1998)

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yada Beener ...
Denver aged 9
Emil Pinnock ...
Howard aged 14
Calen Johnson ...
Buglar aged 13
Kessia Embry ...
Amy Denver (as Kessia Kordelle)
Schoolteacher's Nephew
Younger Sethe (as Lisa Gay Hamilton)
Tyler Hinson ...
Baby Beloved
Young Paul D


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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Plot Keywords:

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


The past has a life of its own.


Drama | History | Horror

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


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,165,551, 18 October 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


Lauryn Hill was cast as Beloved, but dropped out before filming began, when she became pregnant. See more »


At the end, when Sethe walks toward Mr. Baldwin to attack him, Beloved is on the porch, screaming, but in the next shot, when Sethe is being held back by the crowd of women, Beloved is not on the porch in the background; then, after a shot of Mr. Baldwin, she's back on the porch again, screaming. See more »


Paul D: What were you looking for when you come here, Beloved?
Beloved: This place. I look for this place I could be in.
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Referenced in Smart Guy: It Takes Two (1999) See more »


I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
Performed by Dorothy Love Coates and "The Thirty Women"
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User Reviews

Love It or Hate It
14 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

After reading Beloved at least 6 or 7 times, needless to say I was thrilled when I learned it was going to be filmed. But after hearing the mixed reviews while it was in the theaters I decided to wait for the video. I wasn't disappointed. How were they going to portray Beloved, I wondered? The same way I wondered how they would portray the young girl in Interview with a Vampire? Difficult to translate to a screen, but in each case the director and actors developed believable characters. Yes, Beloved was bizarre, like someone under the ground too long: her infant wailing, unusual gait, halting speech patterns, rages, etc. Who was she? Do we really know? The ambiguity prevails. When Forester was asked if Adela was really raped in A Passage to India, he replied, "What do *you* think?"

I loved this film, and hung on every word. One complaint: There should have been more of Baby Suggs sermon. It was the moment of strength and power on which the theme of the film rested. The entire cast was brilliant.

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