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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

 -  Drama  -  17 October 2008 (USA)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »

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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Bring Your Girlfriends, Sisters, Mothers and Daughters

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some violence | See all certifications »

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17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Secreta das Abelhas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£74,626 (UK) (5 December 2008)

Gross:

$37,766,350 (USA) (20 February 2009)
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Trivia

Alicia Keys learned to play the cello in 4 weeks for this part. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Rosaleen and Lily walks down the dirt road to go to town, Lily wears shorts but when they get into town she is wearing longer pants. And also in the next seen where Lily is in the bedroom with her father she is back to wearing shorts again. See more »

Quotes

June Boatwright: Aw damn it to hell!
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Connections

References Surf Party (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Doncha Know (Sky Is Blue)
(2007)
Written by Linda Perry and Alicia Keys
Performed by Alicia Keys
Courtesy of MBK/J Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Open your heart and the Bees will fill it with honey
31 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't go around throwing 10's around for movie ratings, but I extremely impressed by this movie. The emotional and visual scope offered by the story, the cinematography, and the acting, gave all viewers with eyes to see and ears to hear, a wonderful treat. I'm sure not everyone loves this particular type of movie, but if you haven't been desensitized by the CGI and special effects of many of today's movies, you'll appreciate the very core of this movie, which is the human struggle - especially the depiction of the search for identity, and the need to give and received compassion from those living on this big blue marble together with us. A reminder of the racism of a not too far distant time, and the timeless theme of love, death, friendship, and compassion, add the effective seasoning that helps us all relate in some very tangible way to this movie. Enjoy it with someone you care about, and taste the honey.


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