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The Secret Life of Bees Details

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[[Performer~P274853~Gina Prince-Bythewood~ginaprincebythewood]]'s adaptation of [[Performer~P487818~Sue Monk Kidd~suemonkkidd]]'s novel The Secret Life of Bees stars [[Performer~P301579~Dakota Fanning~dakotafanning]] 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 ([[Performer~P454405~Jennifer Hudson~jenniferhudson]]). 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 -- [[Performer~P40714~Queen Latifah~queenlatifah]], [[Performer~P53909~Sophie Okonedo~sophieokonedo]], and [[Performer~P301550~Alicia Keys~aliciakeys]] -- 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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:October 17, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Phoenix Film Critics Association Dakota Fanning Best Performance By a Youth - Female 2008 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Dakota Fanning Best Young Actor/Actress 2008 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Gina Prince-Bythewood
Director
Will Smith
Producer
James Lassiter
Producer
Joe Pichirallo
Producer
Lauren Shuler-Donner
Producer
Jack Leslie
Producer
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Screenwriter
Rogier Stoffers
Cinematographer
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Linda Cohen
Musical Direction/Supervision
Terilyn A. Shropshire
Editor
Warren Alan Young
Production Designer
William G. Davis
Art Director
Alan Hook
Art Director
Ed Cathell III
Co-producer
Jada Pinkett Smith
Executive Producer
Alex McCarroll
Set Designer
James Edward Ferrell, Jr.
Set Decorator
Sandra Hernandez
Costume Designer
Carl Rudisill
Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Nierenberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Aisha Coley
Casting
Mark Fincannon
Casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon
Casting
Craig Fincannon
Casting
Matthew Iadarola
Re-Recording Mixer
Marc Fishman
Re-Recording Mixer
Tony Lamberti
Re-Recording Mixer
Aldric La'Auli Porter
Second Assistant Director
Jamie Dixon
Visual Effects Supervisor
Dean Mumford
Stunts Coordinator
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