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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Dakota Fanning
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Cast: Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning
, Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
, Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
Gina Prince-Bythewood

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Gina Prince-Bythewood's adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees stars Dakota Fanning as Lily, a 14-year-old growing up in a small Southern town in 1964. She is haunted by memories of shooting her mother when she was a young girl. Lily lives with her emotionally distant father, and her best friend is their African-American housekeeper Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). After locals beat Rosaleen for attempting to register as a voter, and Lily's dad goes one step too far during an argument with his daughter, Lily and Rosaleen set out to find the place where the only picture Lily has of her mother was taken. That place turns out to be the home of the independent Boatwright sisters, a trio -- Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys -- who make a very successful living producing honey. Lily and her friend move in with them, and soon the girl learns about both beekeeping and life.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2009
UPC: 0024543556329
Original Release: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Source: Fox Searchlight
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 73,080

Special Features

Theatrical version; Director's extended cut; 8 deleted scenes; Adaptation: Beinging the Secret Life of Bees to the Big Screen featurette; The Women and Men of the Secret Life of Bees featurette; Inside the Pink House With Sue Monk Kidd featurette; Life on the Set featurette; The World Premiere featurette; Commentary with director/screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood, producer Lauren Shuler Donner & Joe Pichirallo, and actor Dakota Faning and Queen Latifah; Commentary with director/screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood and film editor Terilyn Shropshire

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dakota Fanning Lily Owens
Jennifer Hudson Rosaleen Daise
Queen Latifah August Boatwright
Sophie Okonedo May Boatwright
Alicia Keys June Boatwright
Paul Bettany T. Ray Owens
Tristan Wilds Zachary Taylor
Hilarie Burton Deborah Owens
Nate Parker Neil

Technical Credits
Gina Prince-Bythewood Director,Screenwriter
Ed Cathell Co-producer
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Aisha Coley Casting
William G. Davis Art Director
Mark Fincannon Casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Craig Fincannon Casting
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Hook Art Director
Mark Isham Score Composer
James Lassiter Producer
Jack Leslie Producer
Ewan Leslie Co-producer
Alex McCarroll Set Decoration/Design
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Pichirallo Producer
Carl Rudisill Sound/Sound Designer
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Will Smith Producer
Jada Pinkett Smith Executive Producer
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Warren Alan Young Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secret Life of Bees
1. Tragedy [:27]
2. Civil Rights [3:16]
3. Precious Keepsakes [1:32]
4. Confrontation [:14]
5. Fugitives [1:07]
6. Black Madonna Honey [5:08]
7. Woeful Tale [:09]
8. Refuge [2:28]
9. Calendar Girls [:11]
10. Secret Life of Bees [5:13]
11. Beautiful [2:50]
12. Touch Her Heart [1:52]
13. Startling News [2:05]
14. Flavors of Love [4:24]
15. Just Like Her [3:11]
16. Innocent Matinee [:10]
17. Overwhelmed [4:25]
18. Don't Mess Up [1:13]
19. Lily's Mother [3:39]
20. Imperfect Love [:48]
21. Promises [:39]
22. Aching Hole [5:19]
23. Always There [:03]
24. Hope [1:43]

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