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Belle (2014)



Critic Consensus: It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.

Movie Info

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. (c) Fox Searchlightmore
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Misan Sagay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2014
Fox Searchlight - Official Site


Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Dido Elizabeth Belle
Tom Wilkinson
as Lord Mansfield
Emily Watson
as Lady Mansfield
Matthew Goode
as Admiral Sir John Lin...
Sarah Gadon
as Elizabeth Murray
Penelope Wilton
as Lady Mary Murray
Miranda Richardson
as Lady Ashford
Sam Reid
as John Davinier
Tom Felton
as James Ashford
James Norton
as Oliver Ashford
Timothy Walker
as Wimbridge
Natasha Williams
as Poor Woman
Charlotte Roach
as Maid, Kenwood House
Rupert Wickhan
as Reverend Davinier
Alana Ramsey
as Maid, Ashford House
Alex Jennings
as Lord Ashford
Daniel Wilde
as Gentleman 1
Susan Brown
as Baroness Vernon
James Northcote
as Mr. Vaughan
Andrew Woodall
as Lord Mayor
Edmund Short
as Law Student
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News & Interviews for Belle

Critic Reviews for Belle

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (36)

A good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better.

Full Review… | June 10, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

More or less single-handedly saved by its actors.

Full Review… | January 15, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Though having the kind of pedestrian pace which often hits British costume dramas (Keira Knightley's 2008 film The Duchess excepted), Belle is sumptuously filmed and feels relevant.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

The teenage Dido Elizabeth Belle is impressively played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw with a tender sensibility and a growing awareness.

Full Review… | September 23, 2014
Times (UK)

The film works as both an intimate character piece and as a broader glimpse into socioeconomic conflicts regarding tolerance and perception.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014

A finely wrought tale of a woman out of time, a film that plays eloquently upon the heartstrings as it interweaves familiar personal intrigue with stirring social history.

Full Review… | June 15, 2014
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for Belle


Solid performances of a pretty remarkable story.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

A handsome period drama about an admirable young woman who manages to maintain her dignity in a society ruled by certain laws that, as one character puts it, were in fact frameworks for crime - and the gracious script avoids clichés and proves to be surprisingly moving.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


An very good historical film tackling slavery, race and the class system in Enlightenment Era Britain. Excellent costumes and locations with a typically outstanding performance by Tom Wilkinson. Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays strength and incredible vulnerability in a very effective way. Good performances all around -- well, except for Draco Malfoy who bumbles through the plot line like a Slytherin trapped in his Harry Potter school days. Despite Felton and the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time sound editor, the film is really, really worth seeing.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Belle Quotes

John Davinier: Yes, I love her with every breath I breathe!
– Submitted by Emma T (18 months ago)
John Davinier: Well..unless..she marries her equal, her true equal, a man who respects her.
– Submitted by Kelly A (23 months ago)
Dido Elizabeth Belle: We women are but the property of gentlemen.
– Submitted by Kelly A (23 months ago)
John Davinier: I was curious.
Dido Elizabeth Belle: Quite a task, to sit for so many hours.
– Submitted by Kelly A (23 months ago)

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