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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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14 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Sir John Lindsay
Lauren Julien-Box ... Young Dido
Natasha Williams ... Poor Woman
... Harry
... Lady Mary Murray
Cara Jenkins ... Young Elizabeth
... Lady Mansfield
... Lord Mansfield
... Elizabeth Murray
... Dido Elizabeth Belle
... Lady Ashford
... Oliver Ashford
... James Ashford
Timothy Walker ... Wimbridge
... John Davinier
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images | See all certifications »

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13 June 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Belle - Die Nichte des Lords  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Matthew Goode and Penelope Wilton on would both later star in Downton Abbey (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth and Dido play the piano, it sounds like a large modern piano, not the small 18th-century piano onscreen. Its keys look very old, even though pianos had existed for a few decades, and had just become popular. Most pianos in use at the time would have been fairly new. See more »

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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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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11 in A Major, HWV 329, Andante Larghetto
Composed by George Frideric Handel
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Mesmerizing and romantic true story
29 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

I just saw an advance screening of BELLE--and I absolutely loved it. The dialog, directing, performances, costumes, locations, and cinematography were all fabulous.

It's based on the mesmerizing and romantic true story of the beautiful, intelligent, mixed race daughter of an admiral, who was raised in Georgian England by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife. The script hits all the right notes as Belle struggles to find her place in a society that doesn't quite accept her, and with the help of an idealistic young vicar's son (Sam Reid-- fantastic), influences an important anti-slavery case.

Congratulations to director Amma Asante and writer Misan Sagay for bringing this story vividly to life on the screen. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was luminous as Dido Belle, and I think Tom Wilkinson gave the best role of his career. Both are Oscar-worthy performances. The film is highly recommended.


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