The Secret Life of Bees

Release October 17, 2008 (Wide)
Cast Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Keys, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton, Nate Parker
Director Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer Sue Monk Kidd, Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genres Adventure, Drama
Studio Fox Searchlight


Set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Fanning), a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (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 (Latifah, Okonedo, and Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey, and the Black Madonna.

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