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Beloved
     

Beloved

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Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton

 

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Jonathan Demme directed this adaptation of Toni Morrison's fact-based fifth novel (winner of a 1988 Pulitzer Prize), written in an experimental stream-of-consciousness flow and capturing the impact and aftermath of slavery on the human soul. In 1873, middle-aged Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) lives near Cincinnati with her teenage daughter, Denver (Kimberly Elise). She gets a

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Jonathan Demme directed this adaptation of Toni Morrison's fact-based fifth novel (winner of a 1988 Pulitzer Prize), written in an experimental stream-of-consciousness flow and capturing the impact and aftermath of slavery on the human soul. In 1873, middle-aged Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) lives near Cincinnati with her teenage daughter, Denver (Kimberly Elise). She gets a surprise visit from her old friend Paul D (Danny Glover), whom she knew when they were both slaves on the Kentucky plantation Sweet Home. Paul D moves in, and a number of mysteries are introduced, including Sethe's memories of her dead older daughter and the fact that Sethe has been abandoned by her husband, two sons, and Denver's grandmother, Baby Suggs (Beah Richards). When a feral, insect-covered, stuttering teenager (Thandie Newton) turns up at Sethe's house, she is nursed back to health by Denver and called "Beloved." Violent flashbacks begin to explore shocking episodes from Sethe's past. (The film is rated R "for violent images, sexuality and nudity.") Hints of the supernatural surface as the question arises -- could Beloved be Sethe's older daughter, back from the dead? This film was a pet project of producer-star Oprah Winfrey, who spent over a decade bringing this work to the screen after she bought the film rights in 1987. With titles fashioned by leading poster/titles designer Pablo Ferro and music by Rachel Portman, director Demme filmed in a variety of locations, including Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Civic Center, Lancaster's Landis Valley Museum), Maryland (Fair Hill Natural Resources Area), and Delaware (Old New Castle).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
UPC:
0786936091496
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oprah Winfrey Sethe
Danny Glover Paul D
Thandie Newton Beloved
Kimberly Elise Denver
Beah Richards Baby Suggs
Lisa Gay Hamilton Younger Sethe
Albert Hall Stamp Paid
Irma P. Hall Ella
Carol Jean Lewis Janey Wagon
Kessia Kordelle Amy Denver
Jude Ciccolella Schoolteacher
Anthony Chisholm Langhorne
Dorothy Love Coates M. Lucille Williams
Jane White Lady Jones
Jason Robards Mr. Bodwin

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Producer
Akosua Busia Screenwriter
Oprah Winfrey Producer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Adam Brooks Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Tim Galvin Art Director
Gary Goetzman Producer
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Carol Littleton Editor
Neal Martz Makeup Special Effects
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Edward Saxon Producer
Kristi Zea Production Designer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Howard Feuer Casting
Andy Keir Editor
Kate Forte Producer
Steven Shareshian Associate Producer
Toni Morrison Source Author

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Beloved 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, people who are going to read the book, don't watch the movie first because the movie doesn't contain all or exact information from the book. Secondly, this has too much sex in it. It should have been rated X not PG. I just don't like the fact that this movie excludes so many things from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tito More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the sickest main stream films I have ever see! It had so much sex in it! Oprah Must have paid off someone to get this film a PG rating because it's actually not far from porn! This movie grossed me out! Unforgetable you say! Yeah by how sick it is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Oprah. I think she has done wonderful things with her career and those things have greatly impacted the quality of life for millions of people in our country, however I didn't think this film is the best avenue for her to show her strengths, at least in terms of acting ability. Basically what I mean is, that I don't think she can act. She was okay in this movie but I am grateful that her part didn't make or break the film (although I did notice that the movie was put out by her company, Harpo productions). The other significant roles, that of the two daughters and the boyfriend were all very well acted, thank goodness, because I liked just about everything else about this movie. The only thing I didn't understand was the beginning-with the wolf or dog...whatever, and of course since I am not a person of color, I can't really appreciate the full context and meaning of the story so part of me felt a little left out. All in all though, it was a valuable contribution to the world of cinema. I am definitely taking the book out of the library to read for a fuller understanding of the story's message.
derbydreams More than 1 year ago
Toni Morrison brings to life the horrers of slavery. Based on a known event in history, this movie really pulls at your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beloved was an excellent movie with fine acting and great direction by Jonathan Demme. Adapted from the novel Beloved by Toni Morisson. Rated R this movie contain graphic images of slaves were treated. Oprah Winfrey gave an Oscar worthy performance as Sethe, A slave with a horrible past that involved trying to kill her kids rather than have them be slaves. She disappears into this role as few actresses do. Also good are Thandie Newton as Beloved and Kimberly Elise as Denver, Sethe's daughters. A Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this movie was very well prepared and put together. This movie have touched my great grandmother and her children. Why because they can relate to that era. And it has healed some hearts. This movie was perfect in everyway. I would tell everyone to take a minute to enjoy this film and watch it with no interruptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so absorbing and moving. The acting was just as excellent. I was just captivated every second of the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A masterwork, it's the most wonderful, heart-warming moving. I have never seen anything better in my entire life.