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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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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)  »

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Dido Elizabeth Belle  »

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Budget:

$10,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$106,578 (USA) (2 May 2014)

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$10,722,990 (USA) (22 August 2014)
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Trivia

In January 2013, the Writers Guild of America ruled that Misan Sagay would get sole writing credit. Publicly, no one with direct knowledge of the ruling has spoken out against that decision. According to information obtained by Entertainment Weekly, Amma Asante wrote a number of script drafts before she started directing the film, after Sagay wrote several early versions. A team of three arbiters read the submitted materials without knowledge of the writers' identities, judging the work based on dramatic construction, original and different scenes, characterization or character relationships, and dialogue. See more »

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Around four minutes into the film, Captain Sir John Lindsay says he is due to captain a "longditude experiment" (note the "d" inserted within "longitude") in the Indies. You'd think a ship's captain would be able to pronounce "longitude" correctly. See more »

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[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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Featured in Belle: The History Behind the Painting (2014) See more »

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Fugue No.8 in E Flat Minor, BWV 853
(Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A Must See Movie!
4 May 2014 | by (OC) – See all my reviews

This movie is most likely not playing at a theater near you, but it is so worth traveling to see. The acting was superb! I don't remember a movie in recent times that I enjoyed so much. The story touched my heart as a person of mixed African descent. It showed how then and now too much emphasis is placed on skin color. It showcased people (both white and black) that were willing to stand up for what is right. I don't find this kind of movie to be controversial as it will do so much to enlighten people to historical facts that cannot be denied.

The costumes were so beautiful and some were on display at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. The audience clapped and cheered at the end of the movie and were raving about the movie as they left the theater.


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