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Belle (I) (2013)

 -  Drama  -  2 May 2014 (USA)
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An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

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Lauren Julien-Box ...
Young Dido
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Poor Woman
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Harry
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Lady Mary Murray
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BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. 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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Sam Claflin was initially cast but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. His role was recast with Sam Reid. See more »

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Remake of Dido Belle (2006) See more »

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be transported to the 1700s
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

  • A love story and the value of being honest to yourself is what Belle
is about. This movie transports you to the 1700s England. Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle "Belle", this tale is about a young mulato girl named Belle that is brought into her father's house and caretaker of her great-uncle Lord Mansfield a honorable Chief Judge and wife. Belle has all the rights and privileges of upper society but her face reflects her slave mother and the prevailing social prejudice keeps her from being totally accepted into the formal social circles. At the same time, she befriends her cousin, who she considers a sister and is also given residence to this estate after her mother dies and her father abandons her. This story is beautifully layered with the issues of equality and slavery but is not preachy. It merely shows how the matters of the heart can't be prevented by the color of your skin. This coming of age story is masterfully told. I saw this film as part of the Atlanta Film Festival.


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