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Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), 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.

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"The underlying concept is familiar from Jane Austen — a young, unmarried woman negotiates Georgian society, and its twin obsessions with lineage and property — except Britain of the late 18th century was a country grown fat on the slave trade, a business in which human beings, depending on their lineage, became property....Mbatha-Raw does genuine, star-making work here, saying more with her bright and searching gaze, in a film full of politely glazed barbarism, than Dido’s position at first allows her to put into words." -- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

Product Details

Media Type Movie
Recommended Age 10 and up
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, Alan McKenna
Director Amma Asante
Running Time 1:44
Studio 20th Century Fox
Release Date Aug 26, 2014
Language English