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R| 2 hr. 52 min.

Plot Summary
In 1873 Ohio, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is a mother of three haunted by her horrific slavery past and her desperate actions for freedom. As a result, Sethe's home is haunted by a furious poltergeist, which drives away her two sons. Sethe and her daughter (Kimberly Elise) endure living with the spirit for 10 more years, until an old friend, Paul D. Garner (Danny Glover), arrives to run it out. After Garner moves in, a strange woman named Beloved (Thandie Newton) enters their lives, causing turmoil.

Cast: Oprah Winfrey , Danny Glover , Thandie Newton , Kimberly Elise , Beah Richards , Lisa Gay Hamilton , Albert Hall , Irma P. Hall

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Beloved (1998)

Release Date: October 8th, 1998|2 hr. 52 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What is surprising -- remarkable even -- is that Beloved arrives onscreen with a minimum of dull virtue, gagging uplift and slick Hollywood gloss. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Doesn't sanitize its tale of African American loss and survival -- the way Steven Spielberg's “The Color Purple'' did -- but delves deeply, heartbreakingly into an American tragedy. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Often a cinematic marvel and often the year's most pungent movie medicine, Beloved always feels as if it's carrying the world's weight, and maybe it is. [16 October 1998, p. 7E] show more

  • September 30, 2010 Verla1
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    Those who panned Beloved seemed out of touch with their proported ability to understand its complicated and history-bound emotionality. The unfolding of the tale during the three hours of film was carefully done and fed the horrible impact of slavery felt by Sethe to the viewer a bit at a time. Masterful handling of a difficult topic brought to life by brilliant acting!

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