The Secret Life of Bees

Synopsis: 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 T-Ray, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.
Genre: Drama
Production: Fox Searchlight
  12 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

You should be in the stand already.

It's a big peach day.

- Takin' her to town with me.

- What for?

She needs a training bra.

She gots to get measured.

How much something like that cost?

Happy birthday.


So what's in town anyway?

I'm registerin' to vote.

Rosaleen, news said a colored man in Mississippi

was killed for doing that.

Good thing we ain't

in Mississippi then.

I saw you scribblin' one of your stories

in the stand yesterday.

Go on. Tell it.

All right.

So The Supremes,

they're heading down Highway 4...

because they're going to Charleston

for a real big concert.

But suddenly, their back tire blows up...

and they go skiddin' across the road

and into a ditch.

So then two are saying

that Diana's burnin' the peach cobbler.

But she blocks the oven and she says, "I'm the

lead singer, and it's done when I say it's done."

So I don't know what to do.

The Supremes are having a fight in my kitchen.

- But then suddenly we hear...

- Hey.

Ain't you Terence Ray's little girl?

Yes, sir. Lily.

Daddy know you out here with her?

Rosaleen works for us.

Whole lot of niggers been

coming through here today.

You wouldn't be going to

that secret meetin', would ya?

Well, hell, we ain't gotta

worry about this one.

Can't register to vote

if you can't write your own name.

Tell me, Lily. She a smart n*gger

or a dumb n*gger?

- Please, mister, we really need...

- Answer me, girl.




- Rosaleen! Stop! [Screams]

- Put her there!




Stop! No!

- Apologize!

- [Lily] Rosaleen, just apologize!

Help! Somebody help!

- Quiet.

- [Sobbing]

- Can somebody help?

- Apologize.


Your black ass gonna apologize

one way or the other.

Rosaleen. Rosaleen.

- [Chattering]

- [Police Radio Chatter]

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing and producing the films Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond the Lights. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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