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Beloved (1998)

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Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Toni Morrison (novel), Akosua Busia (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yada Beener Yada Beener ... Denver aged 9
Emil Pinnock Emil Pinnock ... Howard aged 14
Calen Johnson Calen Johnson ... Buglar aged 13
Oprah Winfrey ... Sethe
Beah Richards ... Baby Suggs
Danny Glover ... Paul D
Kimberly Elise ... Denver
Jude Ciccolella ... Schoolteacher
Kessia Embry Kessia Embry ... Amy Denver (as Kessia Kordelle)
Dashiell Eaves ... Schoolteacher's Nephew
LisaGay Hamilton ... Younger Sethe (as Lisa Gay Hamilton)
Tyler Hinson Tyler Hinson ... Baby Beloved
Brian Hooks ... Young Paul D
Hill Harper ... Halle
Thandie Newton ... Beloved
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Storyline

A couple allows a strange, autistic person to come in their house. She causes problems for the couple and reminds the woman of her previous daughter. Nonetheless, the couple takes her in and treats her well. Through Voodoo, she releases her spirits. Meanwhile, their remaining daughter tries to find work. Written by Clifton Baird

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The past has a life of its own.

Genres:

Drama | History | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent images, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The farmhouse scenes were filmed in Fair Hill, Maryland, on park land along the Big Elk Creek (seen in the creek wading scene). Park Manager Ed Walls even had a bit part as the ferris wheel operator. The house was built for the movie, though it was convincing enough to fool park goers into thinking it was a real old farmhouse after the movie crew departed. There was no snow that year, so the winter scenes were fabricated with fake snow, plastic icicles, and shaved ice, all of which had to be vacuumed up from the fields once shooting was completed. During filming, the park office got a call from another Maryland park asking for advice on dealing with a another film crew. They claimed some kids wanted to film a movie, but they said they didn't seem to know what they were doing, and seemed to just be running around the woods with cameras. The Beloved ended up not being nearly as big of a box-office draw as The Blair Witch Project (1999) See more »

Goofs

In the scene with a deer in the field, a car is visible driving by in the upper right hand corner. See more »

Quotes

Denver: You won't ever leave us will ya?
Beloved: No never, this is where I AM.
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Crazy Credits

In lieu of traditional opening credits, the movie begins with the camera moving through a cemetery to focus on a gravestone engraved with the sole word "BELOVED". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Smart Guy: It Takes Two (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Rice, Little Bean
Written by Toni Morrison & Rachel Portman
Performed by Danny Glover
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User Reviews

close to film perfection
4 October 2003 | by toddfelstedSee all my reviews

I saw this amazing film at the theatre and was skeptical going in due to Oprah's campaigning for it so heavily but was blown away regardless--after watching it again I understand her pleas. This stunning story and its brilliant execution by an outstanding director, cast and crew was seen by far too few people. It should have swept the oscars and if I recall--was merely nominated for costume design the same year that literally no black actors, directors, or films were nominated in any of their categories. wow--a real eye opener on how little respect good art recieves even today--let alone artists of color. I'd like the opportunity to tell each and every member of the cast how astonished I was even hours later. A beautiful, rich, and generous film. An earnest thank you to everyone who helped get it made. Bravo and thank you!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beloved See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,165,551, 18 October 1998

Gross USA:

$22,852,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,852,487
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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