• Beloved (1998)


Release Date: October 16th, 1998

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 1999

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, LisaGay Hamilton, Albert Hall, Irma P. Hall

Director: Jonathan Demme

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Clinica Estetico

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Murder, Daughter, Mystery, Emotional, Transformation, Fall, Son, Husband, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The film had a curious effect on me. I was sometimes confused about events as they happened, but all the pieces are there, and the film creates an emotional whole. It's more effective when it's complete than during the unfolding experience. show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan 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

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing uncomfortable truths in the process. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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