Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past.

  1. Gina Prince-Bythewood

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Sue Monk Kidd


Top Billed Cast

  1. Dakota Fanning

    Dakota Fanning

    Lily Owens

  2. Queen Latifah

    Queen Latifah

    August Boatwright

  3. Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson

    Rosaleen Daise

  4. Sophie Okonedo

    Sophie Okonedo

    May Boatwright

  5. Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys

    June Boatwright

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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees


Status Released

Release Information

  • September 17, 2008


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget $11,000,000.00

Revenue $38,105,395.00



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