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Belle (2013)

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The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.

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Amma Asante

Writer:

Misan Sagay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Goode ... Captain Sir John Lindsay
Lauren Julien-Box Lauren Julien-Box ... Young Dido
Natasha Williams Natasha Williams ... Poor Woman
Alan McKenna ... Harry
Penelope Wilton ... Lady Mary Murray
Cara Jenkins Cara Jenkins ... Young Elizabeth
Emily Watson ... Lady Mansfield
Tom Wilkinson ... Lord Mansfield
Sarah Gadon ... Elizabeth Murray
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Dido Elizabeth Belle
Miranda Richardson ... Lady Ashford
James Norton ... Oliver Ashford
Tom Felton ... James Ashford
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ... Wimbridge
Sam Reid ... John Davinier
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Storyline

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Белль See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,578, 4 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,726,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,538,759
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An early version of the script was called Belle and Bette, and focused on the relationship between Dido and her cousin Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

The character Oliver Ashford states he has a commission in the Royal Navy purchased for him. Impossible as commissions have never been sold in the RN, which at the time was the nearest thing to a meritocracy the world had seen. Grease a few palms to get him in as a midshipman? Maybe. As a captain, never. Fleet boards had to be sat, idiots weeded out. Commissions could be bought and sold in the cavalry and infantry but not, for instance, in the Royal Engineers. Soldiers could be lost to incompetence but not ships or bridges. Far too valuable. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Sir John Lindsay: How lovely she is. So much of her mother. Do not be afraid. I am here to take you to a good life. A life that you were born to. Here.
[offers a candy]
Young Dido: [tries it with curiosity]
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Connections

Version of Dido Belle (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BVW 1004, Corrente & Sarabande
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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be transported to the 1700s
2 April 2014 | by abcvisionSee all my reviews

  • A love story and the value of being honest to yourself is what Belle is about. This movie transports you to the 1700s England. Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle "Belle", this tale is about a young mulato girl named Belle that is brought into her father's house and caretaker of her great-uncle Lord Mansfield a honorable Chief Judge and wife. Belle has all the rights and privileges of upper society but her face reflects her slave mother and the prevailing social prejudice keeps her from being totally accepted into the formal social circles. At the same time, she befriends her cousin, who she considers a sister and is also given residence to this estate after her mother dies and her father abandons her. This story is beautifully layered with the issues of equality and slavery but is not preachy. It merely shows how the matters of the heart can't be prevented by the color of your skin. This coming of age story is masterfully told. I saw this film as part of the Atlanta Film Festival.


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