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Belle
- Matthew Goode

Overview - Set in 18th century England and based on a real story, Amma Asante's BELLE stars relative Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the title character - full name, Dido Elizabeth Belle. She is the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of British Admiral Sir John Lindsay and a black woman he had an affair with while serving overseas.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Set in 18th century England and based on a real story, Amma Asante's BELLE stars relative Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the title character - full name, Dido Elizabeth Belle. She is the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of British Admiral Sir John Lindsay and a black woman he had an affair with while serving overseas. Lindsay brings her to his uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) who along with his wife Lady Mansfield (mily Watson) are already raising Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon), another niece the same age as Dido. Though Lady Mansfield fears scandal having a dark-skinned child as part of the home, Dido's father reminds them that his daughter does have the right to live there because of her lineage, and Lord Mansfield, a Lord Chief Justice of Britain, agrees. Belle and Elizabeth quickly become best friends, and when they come of age each begins courting suitors. Elizabeth is pursued by James Ashford (Tom Felton), a smarmy and racist manipulator who wants to marry her in order to please his equally conniving mother (Miranda Richardson) by increasing his own family's wealth and standing, while Dido proves alluring to James' brother Oliver (James Norton). However Dido's deepest affections are for John Davinier (Sam Reid), an idealistic young lawyer who is trying to sway Lord Mansfield on a crucial case before the high court that will have profound implications for Britain's slave trade.

Cast List

Alex King - Makeup; Hair Styles
Rachel Portman - Composer
Maggie Rodford
Rob Ireland - ADR Editor; ADR Supervisor; Editor
Brendan Nicholson
Tina Jones
Amma Asante
Ben Smith - Art Director; Production Designer
Ben Smithard
Jo Wallett
Martin Curry
Andrew Caller
Misan Sagay
Michael Solinger
Chris Reynolds - Supervising Sound Editor
Albert Sharpe - Producer; Director
Xandy Zahla
Susan Brown
David Marshall Grant - Star, mostly TV movies and series, began in late '70s
David Grant - Star, mostly TV movies and series, began in late '70s
Alex Jennings
Miranda Richardson - British actress
Tom Wilkinson - British Actor
Penelope Wilton - British film & television actress, SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Natasha Williams - Actor
Emily Watson - Actress
Tom Felton - British actor, HARRY POTTER
Timothy Walker - Actor; Sound/Sound Designer
Rupert Wickham
Sarah Gadon - Canadian actor: WHAT GIRLS LEARN/MY DAD THE ROCK STAR
Matthew Goode - Star, CHASING LIBERTY (2003)
Charlotte Roach
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
James Norton - Actor, UK
Christopher Middleton
Alan McKenna
James Northcote
Sam Reid - Actor
Daniel Wilde
Lauren Julien-Box
Bethan Mary-James
Alana Ramsey
Andrew Woodall
Edmund Short

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 024543928102
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Race Relations
Slavery
Period Piece
Marriage
Love

 
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Reviews:
"The pleasures of Jane Austen and the horrors of the British slave trade make a surprisingly elegant fit in Amma Asante's handsome period piece." - 09/09/2013 Variety


"BELLE has a great deal of conviction and is cut from the same emotional cloth as the groundbreaking 12 YEARS A SLAVE." - 05/01/2014 Los Angeles Times


"BELLE subtly skewers the absurd rules and hypocrisies of class. But the real takeaway is Mbatha-Raw." -- Grade: B+ - 05/02/2014 Entertainment Weekly


"[A] period film at once sweeping and intimate, about an 18th-century Englishwoman who transcends her historical moment." - 05/02/2014 New York Times


"The movie is intelligently written and well-acted..." - 05/02/2014 RogerEbert.com


"[W]riter-director Amma Asante has created a complex tale of race, gender, and love that has very clear present-day resonance." - 05/02/2014 Film Comment


4 stars out of 5 -- "As Belle, Gugu Mbatha-Raw gives a luminous performance, aided by a script that creates a powerful tension between the formality of the language and the passion of the sentiments." - 06/09/2014 Total Film


3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] handsome historical drama inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle..." - 06/06/2014 Empire

 
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