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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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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

Jennifer Hudson said in an interview that director Gina Prince-Bythewood had sent her to a store to get several items and while she was there, the staff and the customers verbally and racially abused her. The incident was, in fact staged by actors under Bythewood's direction in order for Hudson to get the feel of a racially tense environment, the time and setting of the film, and to help her with her characterization. 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

Neil: *Walks up to June who slowly rises from her chair* Hi.
June Boatwright: Hi.
Neil: *pause* Did you call me here to talk? I am a little busy...
June Boatwright: You ain't the only one who's busy, Neil.
Neil: *voice rises in irritation* So I'm just supposed to stand here and watch how busy you are...
June Boatwright: No! *Both turn away with a sigh*
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Featured in The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All Right
(1963)
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Superb dramatic movie making.
26 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These are cynical times, and the U.S. is still struggling with it's feelings on race, even today. The more of these types of movies, the better. Simple human love comes through in every frame. After a summer of superheroes and sex humor comedies, this was the most life affirming and refreshing film I've seen so far this year. If the academy doesn't recognize some folks from this film, they'd be remiss. I smell Oscar all over this film. Queen Latifah was wonderful as usual. Sophie Okonedo played an emotionally damaged woman with perfect pitch and demeanor. Paul Bettany's performance of the alternately hurt and hurtful father was a challenge. You needed to both hate him, and sympathize with him for the role to be effective, and I thought he pulled this off well. Just simply a moving story, a great script, top notch acting, and all beautifully shot. I place it in the must see category.


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