Beloved

Beloved

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Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Jonathan Demme, 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… See more details below

Overview

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).

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0786936169577
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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