Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: May 9, 2014 - Toronto - May 9, 2014 - Toronto
May 16 - Montreal, Vancouver
May 23 - Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Victoria, Winnipeg

DVD: August 26, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.53
based on 30 votes and 10 reviews
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Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson

Inspiration: Dido Elizabeth Belle


Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.

Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Director: Amma Asante
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Damian Jones
Screenplay: Misan Sagay
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  • 5 stars "It moved me deeply. I loved the balance between the important social issues and romance. Thank you Amma!"
  • 5 stars "moving and touching, a masterpiece , brilliant and stunning performances"
  • 5 stars "Interesting costume drama based on a true story about a young black girl, the daughter of an aristocrat and his black lover. She is raised in her father's father's house. Interesting effect on slavery laws in England aroung that time."