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Belle

Year:
Duration:
104 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7.4
Director:
Amma Asante
Awards:
10 wins & 21 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2014-05-08
Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Earnings
Budget: $10,900,000
Opening Weekend: $106,578 (USA) (4 May 2014)
Gross: $10,645,039 (USA) (3 August 2014)
Cast
Actor
Character
Natasha Williams
Poor Woman
Alan McKenna
Harry
Penelope Wilton
Lady Mary Murray
Cara Jenkins
Young Elizabeth
Emily Watson
Lady Mansfield
Tom Wilkinson
Lord Mansfield
Sarah Gadon
Elizabeth Murray
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Dido Elizabeth Belle
Miranda Richardson
Lady Ashford
James Norton
Oliver Ashford
Tom Felton
James Ashford
Timothy Walker
Wimbridge
Sam Reid
John Davinier
David Gant
Zoffany
Charlotte Roach
Maid, Kenwood House
Rupert Wickham
Reverend Davinier
Bethan Mary-James
Mabel
Alana Ramsey
Maid, Ashford House
Alex Jennings
Lord Ashford
Daniel Wilde
Gentleman 1
Susan Brown
Baroness Vernon
James Northcote
Mr. Vaughan
Andrew Woodall
Lord Mayor
Edmund Short
Law Student
Christopher Middleton
Court Clerk
Lasco Atkins
Street Passer-By (uncredited)
Tom Coulston
John Davinier's Friend (uncredited)
Tony Eccles
Mr. Francis (uncredited)
James Hepburn
Young Man 1 (uncredited)
Barrie Martin
Gentleman (uncredited)
Alfred Mather
Mr. Francis (uncredited)
Steve Munroe
Male Insurer (uncredited)
Adam Nowell
Upper Class Gentleman (uncredited)
Jenna Sharpe
Middle Class Lady (uncredited)
Darren Shaw
Dock Worker (uncredited)
Lamin Tamba
Alaudah Eqiano (uncredited)
Fabio Vollono
Rat Catcher (uncredited)
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Trivia
Sam Claflin was initially cast but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. His role was recast with Sam Reid.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw was attached to the film in 2012.
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"This was a completely straightforward arbitration," said McCambridge. A team of three arbiters read the submitted materials without knowledge of the writers' identities, judging the work based on dramatic construction, original and different scenes, characterization or character relationships and dialogue.
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Goofs
The film changes many historical facts. The Zong case (Gregson v. Gilbert) had no legal effect on slavery. Lord Mansfield had earlier decided Somersett's Case in 1772 when Belle was eleven years old. A slave-owner sued to recover an escape slave, James Somersett. Lord Mansfield condemned slavery as an odious practice neither allowed nor approved by the laws of England. For the most part, this decision ended slavery in England and Wales, but it did not stop the slave trade outside Britain. Lord Mansfield later decided the Zong case in 1783 when Belle was twenty-two years old. Although Zong case was very important to British commercial law and the cold-blooded murder of the slaves had great effect on public opinion, slavery was not the legal issue. Judge Mansfield expressed his disgust for slavery, but said that the legal case was the same as if horses had been thrown overboard.
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When Elizabeth and Dido play the piano, the sound heard is that of a large modern piano, not that of the small eighteenth-century one we see on the screen. Also, the keys of the piano look improbably old, considering that pianos had only been invented a few decades earlier and were just at the beginning of their widespread popularity, so that most pianos in use, particularly those in amateur-musician households, would have been fairly new.
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Quotes
Lady Ashford: Do you feel I have any lesser need to ensure my child's well being and future than you?
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Lord Mansfield: Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.
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Lord Mansfield: Mr. Davinier, what is the purpose of the law in your eyes?
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