6.0/10
6,755
210 user 69 critic

Beloved (1998)

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Toni Morrison (novel), Akosua Busia (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A woman returns from holiday to find her husband has been murdered, and several groups of people are pressuring her to unravel the mystery of his true identity and activities during his final days.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jean Dominique, Aboudja, Ronald Reagan
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Rock-music lover and feature-film director Jonathan Demme takes on eccentric British singer-songwriter, Robyn Hitchcock, in an ambitious concert film. Setting up a stage in a New York ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Robyn Hitchcock, Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Lisa Joyce
Cousin Bobby (1992)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A documentary about Director Jonathan Demme's cousin, an Episcopalian minister in Harlem.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Robert W. Castle, Jane Castle Moulton, Kate Castle
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

I'm Carolyn Parker unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Lillian Carter
Mahogany (1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »

Directors: Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Inspired by Mark Twain's morality tale 'The Mysterious Stranger,' 'Another Telepathic Thing' is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable. At once cynical and spiritual, the work ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Tymberly Canale, Stacy Dawson, Molly Hickok
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yada Beener Yada Beener ... Denver aged 9
Emil Pinnock Emil Pinnock ... Howard aged 14
Calen Johnson Calen Johnson ... Buglar aged 13
Oprah Winfrey ... Sethe
Beah Richards ... Baby Suggs
Danny Glover ... Paul D
Kimberly Elise ... Denver
Jude Ciccolella ... Schoolteacher
Kessia Embry Kessia Embry ... Amy Denver (as Kessia Kordelle)
Dashiell Eaves ... Schoolteacher's Nephew
LisaGay Hamilton ... Younger Sethe (as Lisa Gay Hamilton)
Tyler Hinson Tyler Hinson ... Baby Beloved
Brian Hooks ... Young Paul D
Hill Harper ... Halle
Thandie Newton ... Beloved
Edit

Storyline

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... Written by Jeremy Cohen <crashbug@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The past has a life of its own.

Genres:

Drama | History | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent images, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beloved See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,165,551, 18 October 1998

Gross USA:

$22,852,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,852,487
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

To prepare for her role as a slave, Oprah Winfrey went through a twenty-four hour simulation of the experience of slavery, which included being tied up, blindfolded, and left alone in the woods. See more »

Goofs

At the end, when Sethe walks toward Mr. Baldwin to attack him, Beloved is on the porch, screaming, but in the next shot, when Sethe is being held back by the crowd of women, Beloved is not on the porch in the background; then, after a shot of Mr. Baldwin, she's back on the porch again, screaming. See more »

Quotes

Paul D: What were you looking for when you come here, Beloved?
Beloved: This place. I look for this place I could be in.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Storise Khoro Goliamo
Performed by Mita Stoychera
Courtesy of Yazoo Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Disturbing
14 November 1998 | by Vic-33See all my reviews

Is the only word that I can describe how I felt--directly after viewing the film and for several days afterwards. I was disturbed by the comments from people who don't have any feeling for what the film is saying or from people who don't grasp what is the result from slavery, guilt, survival and how to go one. Those who say the film is too long --that is how slavery was it went on for too long, and still goes on. Comments about the quality of the film the flow of the film. People seldom think in chronological order--feelings, taste, smells return in bursts . I have not experienced slavery(although I am African American) but only the results of slavery - mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, and economically--The film starts out with the reunion of Sethe and Paul D-(who both did time(as in prison) on Sweet Home)--the haunting of the home that Sethe occupies with her daughter Denver--this is similar to haunting women experience when they have had an abortion --you never get over it and even though I understood Sethe's need to destroy her children rather than have them experience slavery I just could not do it--I would rather inflict something on myself to prevent the ability to have any more children. But it is the same people that with courage and hope that is responsible for my life today. People(those with the negative comments) should stick to movies such as Austin Powers--they are uncomfortable with movies that invoke any thought, or feeling.


14 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 210 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed