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Beloved (1998)

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yada Beener ... Denver aged 9
Emil Pinnock ... Howard aged 14
Calen Johnson ... Buglar aged 13
... Sethe
... Baby Suggs
... Paul D
... Denver
... Schoolteacher
Kessia Embry ... Amy Denver (as Kessia Kordelle)
... Schoolteacher's Nephew
... Younger Sethe (as Lisa Gay Hamilton)
Tyler Hinson ... Baby Beloved
... Young Paul D
... Halle
... Beloved
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Storyline

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen... Written by Jeremy Cohen <crashbug@ix.netcom.com>

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spirit | farm | freedom | slavery | ohio | See All (153) »

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The past has a life of its own.

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Drama | History | Horror

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

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16 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,165,551, 18 October 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,852,487
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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

When Paul D first arrives and sits on the porch with Sethe, her braids are in front of her shoulders. In the full shot that comes immediately after Sethe's braids are behind her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Baby Suggs: No matter what happen, God has led you home. So lay em' down Sethe, sword and shield. For God has led you home.
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Soundtracks

Sheep, Sheep Dont'cha Know The Road
Arranged by Alan Lomax and Bessie Jones
Performed by Bessie Jones and The Sea Island Singers
Courtesy of Rounder Records/Ocean Park Music
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Amazing!
11 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

READ THE BOOK, PEOPLE, READ THE BOOK! The book helped me understand the film and the film helped me understand the book. This is an amazing piece of work. Winfrey gives a moving and observant performance and Thandie Newton is startling. Some scenes are intense, making you think whether you would kill your child. I didn't notice any gliches and I think the film screams for Oscars. I think this whole slave movie thing going on is getting boring but when they are made with such power and great directing and acting, I praise God for it! Demme gives us one of the most touching ghost stories and certainly the strangest, in a while.


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