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Belle Movie Quotes

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"Belle" movie quotes tell the true story of an illegitimate mixed-race girl raised by aristocrats in the 1700s. The historical drama, based on the true life of Dido Elizabeth Belle was directed by Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay. "Belle" premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its May 2, 2014, theatrical opening in the United States and June 13, 2014, opening in the United Kingdom.

In "Belle," Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) finds his illegitimate daughter living in poverty and takes her to live with his uncle, William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson). While Lady Mansfield (Emily Watson) isn't too keen on inviting the girl into their home, they all agree that the girl deserves this life as she is blood. They name her Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and raise her alongside their other niece Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon).

But having a Black child in the house makes things difficult. She is not treated as an equal but is treated better than the house slaves and is not presented for marriage like Elizabeth but is still considered part of the family. This makes it especially difficult for Dido to learn her place in the world, which still looks down upon those of color. So when Dido has a choice of husbands, between one who is, as Lord Mansfield puts it, is on her level in Oliver Ashford (James Norton) and someone who accepts her but is not of their rank in John Davinier (Sam Reid), Dido is especially torn. This also puts a strain on Lord Mansfield who as Lord Chief Justice is presiding over a slavery case that could advance abolition forever.

"Belle" is just one of several spring 2014 films worth seeing as is "Walk of Shame," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Locke," "Brick Mansions," "The Other Woman," "Transcendence," "A Haunted House 2," "Heaven is for Real," "Draft Day," "Under the Skin," "Dom Hemingway," "Joe," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Sabotage," "Noah," "Blood Ties," the "Veronica Mars" movie, "Need for Speed."

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    Laws That Allow Us to Diminish the Humanity

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    John Danvier: "Laws that allow us to diminish the humanity of anybody are not laws."

    John Danvier speaks in court on the slavery case being heard by Lord Mansfield. John is trying to make slavery illegal and that puts Lord Mansfield in a delicate position.
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    What Is Right Can Never Be Impossible

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    Captain Sir John Lindsay: "Do not be afraid. I am here to take you to a good life, the life that you were born to."

    Captain Sir John Lindsay: "I beg you, uncle. Love her as I would were I here and in sure that she is in receipt of all that is due to her as a child of mine."
    Lord Mansfield: "Do you have in mind my position?"
    Lady Mansfield: "That is simply impossible."
    Captain Sir John Lindsay: "What is right can never be impossible."
    Lady Mansfield: "What shall she be named?"
    Captain Sir John Lindsay: "Dido Belle Lindsay"
    Lord Mansfield: "She takes your name?"
    Captain Sir John Lindsay: "I am not ashamed."
    Lady Mansfield: "We will call her Dido."

    After finding his daughter living in poverty, Captain Sir John Lindsay takes Dido and drops her off at the home of the Mansfields. While the new living arrangement doesn't go over too well with Lady Mansfield, Captain Sir John Lindsay explains that it is the right thing to do.
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    Now We Have Two Nieces in Our Guardianship

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    Lady Mansfield: "Born on English soil?"
    Lord Mansfield: "Indeed. He discovered her mother aboard a captured English slave ship."
    Lady Mansfield: "So, now we have two nieces in our guardianship."
    Lord Mansfield: "Elizabeth was in much need of a companion."
    Lady Mansfield: "And that is what we shall say when questions are asked."
    Lord Mansfield: "We shall say that in accordance with her birthright, she is entitled to live beneath this roof. That is the nature of order."
    Lady Mansfield: "And where in that order should her color be placed, above or below her Murray bloodline? Marriage?"
    Lord Mansfield: "Impossible. Any match her other origins shall attract would surely disgrace her and the family's rank."
    Lady Mansfield: "And when we are no longer here, no husband, who will take care of her then?"

    Lady and Lord Mansfield discuss how they will handle things when their nieces Elizabeth and Dido grow up. Though they have the same life now, once they are older everything will change.
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    I Know Very Little of Her

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    John Davinier: "What of your mother?"
    Dido Elizabeth Belle: "I know very little of her other than the color she has given me."
    John Danvier: "Then at least you know she was beautiful."

    New suitor John asks Dido about her mother, someone she knows very little about. His reaction to what she does know about her mother surprises Dido.
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