Belle [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray] [2014]

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  • Release Date: 08/26/2014
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (73 out of 74)

    Special Features


    • Belle: the story
    • Gugu Mbatha-Raw breakout role
    • The power of Belle
    • From painting to screen
    • The history behind the painting
    • Stills gallery

    Synopsis


    Belle
    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 (Emily 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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
      Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Dido Elizabeth Belle
    • Tom Wilkinson
      Tom Wilkinson - Lord Mansfield
    • Emily Watson
      Emily Watson - Lady Mansfield
    • Matthew Goode
      Matthew Goode - Admiral Sir John Lindsay
    • Sarah Gadon
      Sarah Gadon - Elizabeth Murray



    Customer rating

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    99%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      History with a side of romance

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      ecumusicgirl83
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      I love historical movies, whether it is nonfictional or fictional. Add romance to it and I'm usually sold on the movie. This movie, while I do not know the exact history behind claimed children and their up bringing, raising some very interesting questions about treatment of people during the time period as well as being the one caught between 2 worlds. Belle is born of an interracial relationship but is claimed by her father and raised in an English nobleman's home. Issues, including how she dines with family, how she is recognized in the home compared to outside people, and her uncle's judgement of a case involving issues that concern her are all brought up in the movie. I love the passion of the characters as they fight for what they believe in while looking out for the other people involved. Plus....who doesn't love a good love story with a happy ending. :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good period drama with a love story that delivers.

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      DunbarandSWF
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      I had planned to see this picture in the theater, but typical limited release by the studio kept me from seeing it where it should be seen. However I knew that when the blu ray disc was released I would buy it anyway, since period dramas are my favorite. Besides you can't go wrong with a movie that has Tom Wilkinson in it - plus Gugu Mbatha-Raw was perfect casting as Belle and a big bonus for me! Although the movie plays out pretty much as expected, I don't really care because I still loved it anyway. Keira Knightley - Jane Austin movies are more emotional and extravagant compared to this, but maybe keeping it more straight forward works better for this one. If you like this movie I have two other recommendations for you: Young Victoria & A Royal Affair (subtitled) * Highly recommended!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Historical Winner !

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      Moviefan
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      The movie Belle was far better than 12 years a slave. The story is based on historical facts (be sure and watch the special features). Belle is a half white/half Jamacian mix. She was raised in 18th century England alongside her white cousin. The girls are contrasted when they reach their time to be "presented" as eligible. The question arises as to who is really a slave to their culture: a half white lady with a modest fortune who does not need to marry since she was monetary means, or her middle class cousin who must marry a rich man (not necessarily out of love) in order to continue the lifestyle she is accustomed to.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie

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      ShaSha26
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      This reminds me of Beauty and the Beast the Disney movie. How Belle is seen as an outcast in public but behind doors with just family around, she's considered beautiful. The movie gives you a surprise ending. Belle being half black and white in society was considered ugly and her half sister who was all white is considered pretty but in the ending it's Belle who gets married and not the sister who is all white.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great historical aspect

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      jdlinks
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      While I am not too into romantic dramas, I did appreciate the historical value this had to offer with the social classes look into race and wealth. The beginning of the fall of slavery in England is well portrayed with the trial of the insurance company trying to prove the ship's captain acted fraudulently in throwing slaves overboard to make money on a property claim.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful historical film based on a painting.

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      Scenic
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      It is was a great film written about a female of mixed race raised in 18th Century England and the courage and kindness she displayed in the face of painful racism. It is rare to see such a story put on film even if it is true. The actresses and actors gave flawless performances. I have made this film a part of my library of historical events.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Belle

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      tomclah
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      The script writing,cinematography and director were first rate(Excellent). The actors were perfect for their roles.I, was very impressed with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and look forward to seeing her in more movies.I, was also impressed by Emily Watson.The historical period was also on point. Ms Gugu Mbatha Raw is a "LADY"of the highest order.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding

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      Ronin
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      For anyone who can appreciate the struggles that many have endured this movie was well made with just the amount of injustice portrayed that you can still enjoy watching it. The cast was superb.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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