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Beloved (1998)

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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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Denver aged 9
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Howard aged 14
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Buglar aged 13
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Baby Suggs
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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 (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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$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£74,302 (UK) (5 March 1999)

Gross:

£148,377 (UK) (12 March 1999)
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The farmhouse scenes were filmed in Fair Hill, Maryland, on parkland along the Big Elk Creek (seen in the creek wading scene). The park manager, Ed Walls even had a bit part as the ferris wheel operator. The house was entirely built for the movie, though it was convincing enough to fool park goers into thinking it was a real old farmhouse after the movie crew departed. There was no snow that year, so the winter scenes were fabricated with fake snow, plastic icicles and shaved ice, all of which had to be vacuumed up from the fields once shooting was completed. During filming, the park office got a call from another Maryland park asking for advice on dealing with a another film crew. They claimed some kids wanted to film a movie, but they said they didn't seem to know what they were doing, and seemed to just be running around the woods with cameras. The Beloved ended up not being nearly as big of a box office draw as The Blair Witch Project. 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 »

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Amy Denver: A Nigger. If that don't beat all.
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Beautiful, haunting, and denied the praise it deserves
26 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Beloved is one of the best movies of the last decade. I have read many, many reviews which seem to have been written by those who have little to no idea of just how complex and difficult Toni Morrison's original novel can be. Of course Beloved (the movie) will be long, and of course it will be emotionally draining and even confusing - the book was! That said, I loved the novel and the film version of it, which follows the original material almost verbatim. (To try and change the story would be to tamper needlessly with a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning book). I am no Oprah nut but she obviously had a deep respect and understanding for the story, which is evident in her surprisingly understated acting. Thandie Newton was simply amazing; I am glad I watched the film if for nothing else than the chance to see her performance (which, to be honest, has helped a key facet of the book make sense for me). The production design is flawless, and, as always, Jonathan Demme proves he's more than above average as a director. If you like pulp trash and want your movies dumb, loud, and shallow, avoid the movie version of Beloved. But if you're looking for a magnificently acted and gorgeously produced film, see this movie the first chance you get. I'm very glad I did.


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