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Beloved

(DVD - 1999? )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen.
Title: Beloved
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [S.l.] : Touchstone Home Video, [1999?]
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 171 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Toni Morrison.
Special features: production featurette.
Summary: After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen.
Audience: Rated R for violent images, sexuality and nudity.
ISBN: 0788815474
Statement of Responsibility: Touchstone Pictures presents a Harpo Films/Clinica Estetico Production ; a Jonathan Demme picture ; produced by Edward Saxon... [et al.] ; screenplay by Akisua Busia and Richard LaGravenese and Adam Brooks ; directed by Jonathan Demme
Credits: Music composed by Rachel Portman ; edited by Carol Littleton ; director of photography, Tak Fujimoto.
Performers: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Albert Hall.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (1.85:1); NTSC, region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: English or French dialogue; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Slavery United States Drama. African Americans Ohio History 19th century Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films.
Topical Term: Slavery
African Americans
Publisher No: 17243
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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen. Director: Jonathan Demme. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, T... Read More »


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Jul 20, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When this film came out, I chose not to see it as I was in the midst of reading the novel. I didn’t finish reading it, but started over and finished reading it a few months ago. The novel is a difficult read, but that is true of many masterpieces of literature. But reading it made the film easier to understand. This film concentrates on ex-slaves trying to live free after being freed by the Emancipation Proclamation and the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. The film flashbacks to the slave period where we see a mass hanging and torture and we see the great physical scars on the backs of slaves from their massive whippings. I think that this film was just a little too tough for the aged white Oscar members to nominate it for best film of the year in 1999. It would take another 15 years when 12 Years a Slave won the best film award. The Oscar membership is now just a bit less white (skin color and/or attitude) than what it was back in 1999, so if it came out today, I am confident that it would at least see quite a few Oscar nominations. Some film-goers will mis-perceive the magical realism developed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and used by Toni Morrison as horror.

This DVD has a lot of scratches on it and therefore I could not watch it.

It would skip over entire sections and also freeze.

I hope someone looks this over when I return it tomorrow.

Mar 12, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie was all over the place. A black post slavery period piece/ghost/horror movie with odd romantic interests. Well acted, but the thing felt LONG and dragged with a high WTF factor. I felt lost quite a bit and disinterested often. Gutted my way through to the end, which spared it the coveted 1/2 star rating.

Jan 31, 2013
  • JSx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although this movie wasn't a huge success by Oprah standards, don't let that stop you from seeing this. I found it highly emotional and I'm a white boy from the East. lol

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