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Belle (2014)

Belle

Overview


Genre

Drama, Romance

Release Date

May 02, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

104 min.

Studio

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Amma Asante

Producer

Damian Jones

Screenwriter

Misan Sagay

Starring

Story


"Belle" is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. 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.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Dido Elizabeth Belle in Fox Searchlight Pictures' Belle (2014)
Tom Felton stars as James Ashford and Miranda Richardson stars as Lady Ashford in Fox Searchlight Pictures' Belle (2014)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..directed by Amma Asante with highly capable craftsmanship..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
“..it looks more like a murky Rembrandt than an episode of "Downton Abbey"..”
by Graham Fuller [New York Daily News]
“..Belle, to its discredit, often forgets to supply the racism, a serious mistake; the slurs are barely whispered, and you can't help but think the character's real-life story must have been a lot tougher..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]