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The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 Americanmarker drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as executive producer. The film was released in North America on October 17, 2008 and in the United Kingdommarker on December 5, 2008.


Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother Deborah Owens (played by Hilarie Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father T. Ray (played by Paul Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters — August (Queen Latifah), May (Sophie Okonedo) and June (Alicia Keys) — Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping and develops a romance with her new friend Zach (Tristan Wilds). She learns about woman power as the Boatwright sisters show her their black Mary and her mother's past and much more.



Production began on January 7, 2008, in Lumberton, North Carolinamarker. and ended a few months later. The film was screened in September 2008 at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival, and had an October 17, 2008 theatrical release. A world premiere clip was released on June 17, 2008 on the Borders website.


The first trailer became available on August 19 2008. It is available on Yahoo! Movies.


The Secret Life of Bees received mostly positive reviews. The movie was number #3 at the North American box office for its opening weekend with $10,527,799. As of December 13, 2008 the film has made $47,270,658 in the United States and Canada. The movie won the awards for "Favorite Movie Drama" and "Favorite Independent Movie" at the 35th People's Choice Awards.

The film also garnered seven NAACP Image Award nominations, which include Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning), Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Nate Parker), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Sophie Okonedo). The movie won the Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

DVD information

The DVD was released on February 3, 2009. It features never before seen exclusives, including deleted scenes and never before seen footage.


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