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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

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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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(director's cut) |

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alicia Keys learned to play the cello in 4 weeks for this part. See more »

Goofs

The action in the movie took place in July, 1964. When we first meet Zach, he is singing The Four Tops' "Baby, I Need Your Loving," which was not released until August 15, 1964. A few scenes later, the characters are listening to The Supremes' "Come See About Me," which was not released until November, 1964. See more »

Quotes

Rosaleen Daise: I know you can't understand. Apologizing to those men would have just been a different way of dying. Except I had to live with it
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Connections

Featured in The 35th Annual People's 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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wonderful movie
18 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure why this film got such a bad rating....it's truly one of the nicest films I've seen in a long time! I brought my daughter to see the movie today -- we both had tears in our eyes throughout the movie. The acting was superb, as was the casting. Normally I like to read the book before seeing a movie, as usually the book is so much better. I am glad that my daughter talked me into going to this movie. I think cinematically, it was one of the prettiest movies I've seen in awhile. You are taken from laughing one moment to feeling as though your heart is being tugged out of your body in the next moment. I will definitely be recommending this film to my friends!


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