Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Director: Amma Asante, Albert Sharpe Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
, Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
Amma Asante, Albert Sharpe,

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Set in 18th century England and based on a real story, Amma Asante's Belle stars relative Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the title character - full name, Dido Elizabeth Belle. She is the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of British Admiral Sir John Lindsay and a black woman he had an affair with while serving overseas. Lindsay brings her to his uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) who along with his wife Lady Mansfield ({Emily Watson) are already raising Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon), another niece the same age as Dido. Though Lady Mansfield fears scandal having a dark-skinned child as part of the home, Dido's father reminds them that his daughter does have the right to live there because of her lineage, and Lord Mansfield, a Lord Chief Justice of Britain, agrees. Belle and Elizabeth quickly become best friends, and when they come of age each begins courting suitors. Elizabeth is pursued by James Ashford (Tom Felton), a smarmy and racist manipulator who wants to marry her in order to please his equally conniving mother (Miranda Richardson) by increasing his own family's wealth and standing, while Dido proves alluring to James' brother Oliver (James Norton). However Dido's deepest affections are for John Davinier (Sam Reid), an idealistic young lawyer who is trying to sway Lord Mansfield on a crucial case before the high court that will have profound implications for Britain's slave trade.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0024543928102
Original Release: 2014
Rating: PG
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Belle: the story; Gugu Mbatha-Raw breakout role; The power of Belle; From painting to screen; The history behind the painting; Stills gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Dido Elizabeth Belle
Tom Wilkinson Lord Mansfield
Emily Watson Lady Mansfield
Matthew Goode Admiral Sir John Lindsay
Sarah Gadon Elizabeth Murray
Penelope Wilton Lady Mary Murray
Miranda Richardson Lady Ashford
Sam Reid John Davinier
Tom Felton James Ashford
James Norton Oliver Ashford
Timothy Walker Wimbridge
Alan McKenna Harry
Lauren Julien-Box Young Dido
Natasha Williams Poor Woman
David Marshall Grant 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

Technical Credits
Amma Asante Director
Albert Sharpe Director,Producer
Alex King Makeup
Simon Bowles Production Designer
Victoria Boydell Editor
Claudio Campana Art Director
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Pia Di Ciaula Editor
Christopher Collins Executive Producer
Christopher Collins Executive Producer
Martin Curry Asst. Director
Hilary Davis Executive Producer
Ivan Dunleavy Executive Producer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Phil Hunt Executive Producer
Rob Ireland Sound/Sound Designer
Damian Jones Producer
Stephen Kelliher Executive Producer
Anushia Nieradzik Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Norris Executive Producer
Robert Norris Co-producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Chris Reynolds Special Effects Supervisor
Jane Robertson Co-producer
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Compton Ross Executive Producer
Misan Sagay Screenwriter
Ben Smithard Cinematographer
Jo Wallett Production Manager
Toby Whale Casting
Xandy Zahla Camera Operator

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