• Belle (2014)

Belle

Release Date: May 2nd, 2014

DVD Release Date: August 26th, 2014

PG |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) of a British admiral plays an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in England.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Emily Watson, Tom Felton

Director: Amma Asante

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: British Film Institute, Pinewood, Isle of Man Film

Keywords: Emotional, Love, Endearing, England, Transformation

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Though the inventions of Misan Sagay's script emphasize concerns over dowries and social rank that will be grating for many contemporary viewers, extracting little of the humor that Austen regularly found in such hang-ups, the picture's sour notes are balanced by fine performances and clear historical appeal. show more

  • 80
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    Belle's extraordinary intelligence is most evident in its slow but satisfying disentanglement of the jumble of privileges and disadvantages that the wealthy, aristocratic, and learned — but also female, half-black, and pitifully sheltered — Dido embodies. show more

  • 100
    Roger MooreMcClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Beautifully cast, touchingly played and handsomely mounted, Belle is as close to perfect as any costumed romance has a right to be. show more

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