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Belle (2013)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  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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Natasha Williams ...
Poor Woman
Lady Mary Murray
Cara Jenkins ...
Lady Mansfield
Lady Ashford
Oliver Ashford
Timothy Walker ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 June 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dido Elizabeth Belle  »

Box Office


$10,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,722,990 (USA) (22 August 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Emilia Clarke was in the running for the role of Elizabeth Murray. She lost to Sarah Gadon. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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 »


Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11 in A Major, HWV 329, Andante Larghetto
Composed by George Frideric Handel
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excellent period movie
26 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see this movie because it is a period piece. I did not know that it is based on a true story . I loved the settings, the costumes, the writing and the acting. A well written story of the start of the road to abolishing slavery in England. The Story of DIdo - the caring aunt and uncle who took her under their roof, the other niece who they are raising also and how she develops into a beautiful and very smart lady. I'm sure the reactions by the people at that time were presented accurately. Dido was not allowed to eat with company but could with just the family. The courting of the women when they were of that age was interesting to watch and the conniving by the mother of the two -oh so different men in the name of wanting more money to come from the women. I especially like the intelligence of Dido and how it came out in the age of when women were not to be involved in politics or anything other than the home. A beautifully photographed film.

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