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Belle (2013)

 -  Drama  -  13 June 2014 (UK)
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The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

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BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images | See all certifications »

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$106,578 (USA) (2 May 2014)

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$10,722,990 (USA) (22 August 2014)
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After 18 drafts and 3 years of diligent hard work and research that led to the final script, the director - Amma Asante Pedersen - was stripped of the writing credit because Misan Sagay, a US writer whom she had never met and never worked with, took this entirely British film to her US union (the WGA) in order to claim sole writing credit for the work. She had tried to write a screenplay using some of the same history for the same producer, even though her work was abandoned. Because of a prior contract with HBO to develop the story, the WGA ruled that their member solely wrote the script, even though she didn't even contribute to it - this was largely because the director is not a WGA member (she is a WGGB member instead, as she's based in Great Britain. See more »

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When Elizabeth and Dido play the piano, the sound heard is that of a large modern piano, not that of the small eighteenth-century one we see on the screen. Also, the keys of the piano look improbably old, considering that pianos had only been invented a few decades earlier and were just at the beginning of their widespread popularity, so that most pianos in use, particularly those in amateur-musician households, would have been fairly new. See more »

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Captain Sir John Lindsay: How lovely she is. So much of her mother. Do not be afraid. I am here to take you to a good life. A life that you were born to. Here.
[offers a candy]
Young Dido: [tries it with curiosity]
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Version of Dido Belle (2006) See more »

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Piano Suite in G Minor, HWV 439, Allemande
Composed by George Frideric Handel
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A Must See Movie!
4 May 2014 | by (OC) – See all my reviews

This movie is most likely not playing at a theater near you, but it is so worth traveling to see. The acting was superb! I don't remember a movie in recent times that I enjoyed so much. The story touched my heart as a person of mixed African descent. It showed how then and now too much emphasis is placed on skin color. It showcased people (both white and black) that were willing to stand up for what is right. I don't find this kind of movie to be controversial as it will do so much to enlighten people to historical facts that cannot be denied.

The costumes were so beautiful and some were on display at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. The audience clapped and cheered at the end of the movie and were raving about the movie as they left the theater.


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