Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw) was born of a Royal Navy Admiral (Matthew Goode) and his black West Indies' mistress, and then raised by her great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) in England. The young woman, who bears the color of her mother, now struggles to be accepted in an aristocratic society where her "type" is usually allocated to the class of slave.
Why Is Belle Rated PG?
Belle is rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images.
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Violence: A man rough-handles a woman and makes verbal threats. The intentional drowning of slaves is discussed and brought to trial.
Sexual Content: An illegitimate child is discussed. Some mild sexual references are made. Characters embrace and kiss. Women wear cleavage revealing dresses.
Language: One mild profanity and a few terms of deity are used. Racial slurs are heard.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Social drinking is portrayed.
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The history of the abolition movement in England is depicted in Amazing Grace. The movie Lincoln, about the US’s fight to end slavery, also features characters whose attitudes are influenced by the relationships they have with slaves. The idea of an inter-racial relationship was still a controversy in the 196os—as depicted in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?
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Home Video Notes: Belle
Release Date: 26 August 2014
Belle releases to home video (Blu-ray/Digital HD) with the following bonus features:
- Belle: The Story
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw Breakout Role
- The Power of Belle
- From Painting to Screen
- The History Behind the Painting
- Stills Gallery