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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.

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Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Beast (voice)
Jesse Corti ... Lefou (voice)
Rex Everhart ... Maurice (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Potts (voice)
Paige O'Hara ... Belle (voice)
Jerry Orbach ... Lumiere (voice)
Bradley Pierce ... Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)
David Ogden Stiers ... Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Richard White ... Gaston (voice)
Jo Anne Worley ... Wardrobe (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Bimbette (voice)
Brian Cummings ... Stove (voice)
Alvin Epstein Alvin Epstein ... Bookseller (voice)
Tony Jay ... Monsieur D'Arque (voice)
Alec Murphy Alec Murphy ... Baker (voice)
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Storyline

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. Written by Blazer346

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The most beautiful love story ever told. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney [Japan] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast 3-D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,073,437, 11 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$218,967,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,967,620
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Dolby Stereo (Dolby Stereo) (Stereo)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| SDDS (special edition)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Computer technology was considered for the rooftop fight and the forest chase, but the primitive state of the technology only allowed time to use it for the ballroom scene. Even for that scene, they had a fallback strategy: what they called the "Ice Capades" version, with just a spotlight on the two characters against a black background. See more »

Goofs

When the Beast offers Belle to escort her to her quarters and says, "You wanna stay in the tower", he says "wanna" twice. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found ...
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Crazy Credits

"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)" See more »

Connections

Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Be Our Guest (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Beauty and the Beast
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Angela Lansbury
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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Breathtaking
10 April 1999 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

When I saw the first advertising for Beauty and the Beast -- a cardboard stand-up in a movie theater -- I nearly burst into tears. Just the ADVERTISEMENT was hauntingly beautiful, tapping into some deep human reality. Hasn't everyone, at some time, felt like a hideous beast hungry for someone to love us as we are and in doing so, transform us into something beautiful?

The film itself more than delivered. Belle was the first Disney heroine who wasn't either boy-crazy or a doormat/victim. She has brains, heart, and above all, character. The Beast's transformation from monster to hero is believable and poignant. In a world where possessiveness has become the norm (witness the selfish custody battles of birth parents tearing children from the only homes they've ever known), the Beast's heart-wrenching insistence that he had to let Belle leave because he loves her is a breath of fresh air.

The music is perfection, the animation astonishing. Together they raise filmmaking of any kind to new challenges. The ballroom scene is heartbreakingly beautiful.

If you've been in a coma for ten years or have some other excuse for never having seen this gem of a movie, correct that omission as soon as possible. And have a hankie nearby.


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