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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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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)
Dashiell Eaves ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Agapimeni  »

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

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

Goofs

Beloved wears contact lenses. See more »

Quotes

Denver: How come everybody from Sweet Home can't stop talking about it? Seems to me if it was so sweet, you wouldn't have run away.
Sethe: Girl, who you think you talking to?
Paul D: No, she's right, Sethe. It wasn't sweet, and it sure wasn't home.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
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Performed by Dorothy Love Coates and "The Thirty Women"
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A Fair Film
18 October 1998 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

Beloved the movie seeks to rival Beloved the novel in telling the African-American story. While it could not attempt to capture all of the richness of Morrison's great novel, it does do what it can in the constraints of a feature movie. The performances are phenomenal, and any Oscar nominations will be well deserved. The Ohio/Kentucky background takes one's breath away and the movie really does grip its viewer during key scenes

However, Morrison's non-linear style did not translate as well on the big screen and the flashbacks are truly confusing at points. Moreover, the movie has about three natural climaxes which heighten the viewer's awareness of the length of the movie.

All told, it is a good movie, but it is not a must-see movie, nor will it have the cultural impact Oprah intended.

(As for no likeable white characters which some posts have charged, first Mr. Baldwin is a likeable white person. Second, in a post-slavery society of Ohio/Kentucky, why do there have to be any good whites in this narrow world? Oh yeah, don't be mad at Oprah for that--Morrison didn't include any in her book either)


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