7.4/10
25,941
100 user 148 critic

Belle (2013)

Trailer
2:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

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

Director:

Amma Asante

Writer:

Misan Sagay
Reviews
Popularity
2,981 ( 2,790)
14 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante
Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Director: James Kent
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton
A Way of Life (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) ... See full summary »

Director: Amma Asante
Stars: Stephanie James, Gary Sheppeard, Nathan Jones
The Duchess (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Director: Saul Dibb
Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper
Jane Eyre (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A rites of passage story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

Director: Amma Asante
Stars: Abbie Cornish, Amandla Stenberg, George MacKay
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Белль See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Claflin was initially cast as John Davinier. He dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. 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]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Island of Beauty
Composed by John Pepusch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Positive "review" of "BELLE"
26 April 2014 | by denisenicholas9See all my reviews

I'm a film lover who's encouraged to see a story that reveals a piece of the history so often ignored. "Belle" is based on a true story. Since the history of slavery is not taught, films that deal with it - when done well - can be not only entertaining but also instructive. We need these stories! "Belle" is surprising, a piece in the grand puzzle of the history of the slave trade and its impact on the lives of all manner of people. Tom Wilkinson is as always wonderful... The other actors are all just fine. Gugu is lovely as Dido. The hypocrisy of the British upper class is on full display. The Zong Slave ship case is threaded through this film and opens another door on the horrors of the slave trade. That case alone deserves its own film but it would probably be too horrible to watch! I was reminded of all the pained experiences black children endured as they attempted to integrate public schools. The insults and denigration, the racist assumptions hurled at these students were nightmarish. Being the only black person in a sea of whites to this day can be challenging. "Belle" allows us to see and to imagine what that was like in England in the late 1700's. "Belle" was a blood relative and still she could not sit at the dinner table if guests were dining. There's much to learn here, much to think about.


41 of 51 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 100 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed