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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 October 2008 (USA)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »

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(screenplay), (novel)
12 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lily Owens
... August Boatwright
... Rosaleen Daise
... June Boatwright
... May Boatwright
... T. Ray Owens
... Deborah Owens
... Zach Taylor (as Tristan Wilds)
... Neil
... Greta
Renee Ford Clark ... Doll (as Renée Clark)
... Violet (as Sharon Morris)
... Cressie
... Sugar Girl
Emma Sage Bowman ... Young Lily
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Storyline

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father T-Ray, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Taglines:

Bring Your Girlfriends, Sisters, Mothers and Daughters

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Secreta das Abelhas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,527,799, 17 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,766,350, 22 February 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,947,322, 27 May 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Secret Life of Bees is a book by author Sue Monk Kidd. See more »

Goofs

When Lily and Rosaleen are drinking their Cokes on the grass outside the Boatwright house, you see Rosaleen drink the last of the soda, but you can clearly hear the liquid flowing back into the bottle. See more »

Quotes

Rosaleen Daise: How come you all got names from a calendar?
May Boatwright: Our mama loved spring and summer. We had an April too, but she... she died when she was little.
[runs out of the room, sobbing and humming]
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Connections

Featured in The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Alright
(1986)
Written by Sam Cooke and Anthony Gourdine
Performed by Little Anthony and the Imperials (as Little Anthony & the Imperials)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment and EMI Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
And Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Very nice, pleasant movie
6 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

I surprisingly enjoyed the movie more than I thought and would give it a solid 7. It was well scripted, the filming was fantastic, and the acting was good - it was a very pleasant movie. I read the book, so I knew what the plot was about, so no surprises there (although I wish it included one detail that was in the book about the shooting). There was nothing truly spectacular or exciting to give it an 8 (but nothing truly spectacular happens in the book either, so the movie couldn't really change that), but nothing terrible/poor script/poor acting, which you usually find a bit of in a 6 or 6.5 stars. I saw it in the theater and it was the perfect "girls night out" movie. Also good for mother/daughter. Otherwise, wouldn't pay $10 to see it. It would be a great rental - see once and return.


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