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Belle and the Beast

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CFDb Review!

One of my favorite movies – great story, very similar to Beauty and the Beast with a Christian theme. This film makes me laugh and cry, a real treat! This film also makes me want to live as a better witness for Christ. Belle was a great example of true Christianity in action.  Check out the CFDb Blog about this film.

Film Synopsis:

Eric Landry is a cold-hearted man that people have nicknamed “the Beast.” Years of anger and bitterness have consumed him, turning him into a selfish man. But Belle Watson is the exact opposite. She’s caring and kind. She works hard to help her family, often sacrificing her own wants and desires to satisfy the needs of others.

When her father accidentally breaks a valuable work of art at the Landry mansion, Belle is thrust into the life of the Beast. Trying her best not to be intimidated by his meanness, Belles agrees to work for Eric in an effort to repay him and save her father’s job. She discovers there just might be more to Eric.

Will she find the man within the Beast?

  • Matthew Reese … Eric Landry
  • Summer Naomi Smart … Belle Watson
  • Everest Bishop … Craig
  • Lindsay Bird … Anna
  • D. Susan Luty … Mrs. Haygood
  • Arne Carter … Watson
  • Caitlin E.J. Meyer … Kelli Watson
  • Isaiah Benjamin … Mike Watson
  • Chantal Gira … Vanessa
  • Simon D. Findlay …Kyle Kincaid
  • Brad Anderson … David Bonds
  • Sherry Morgan … Diane Bonds
  • Amy Westfield … Julie
  • Susan Ryan … Sarah Landry
  • Scott Masterson … Brent Yielding
  • Kayce Flynn … Mark
  • Jennifer Dillon … Peterson Repair Receptionist
  • Byron Critchfield … Principal Daniels
  • Sam Nelson … School Administrator
  • Russell Vincent … School Student
  • Kathy Baden … School Student
  • Adam Westwood … Restaurant Patron
  • Alex Abram … Restaurant Patron
  • Patricia Heftel … Restaurant Patron
  • Loren Dowling … Restaurant Patron
  • Richard Ogden …Restaurant Patron
  • Lilia Nelson … Restaurant Patron
  • Denae Grover … Restaurant Patron
  • Matthew Grover … Restaurant Patron
  • Katie Thompson … Restaurant Patron
  • Eric Thompson … Restaurant Patron
  • Larry Lasson …Restaurant Patron
  • Cynthia Waters … Restaurant Patron
  • John Hayden … Restaurant Patron
  • Francie Poulson … Restaurant Patron
  • Jake Rawley … Restaurant Patron
  • Ethan Merrill … Restaurant Patron
  • Jake Lansing … Restaurant Patron
  • Samantha Tellco … Orthodontic Patient
  • Jessica Nielson … Orthodontic Patient
  • Gary Poulson … Orthodontic Patient
  • Natalie Bradshaw … Orthodontic Patient
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Belle and the Beast, 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

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  1. Doug says
    17 February 12, 8:51pm

    where was Belle and the Beast filmed?

  2. Annelie says
    19 February 12, 4:04pm

    John Kimball was the Cinematographer but I could not find out any more information than this. We have no contact information for Wisenquest and there is no FB page either. It would be interesting to find out – some beautiful photography!

    If anyone reading this post knows, please make a comment!


  3. Stefanie says
    06 October 12, 8:52pm

    It was filmed in Utah. That is all the information I can find.

  4. Annelie says
    07 October 12, 9:08am

    That would make sense as Utah is a beautiful place. The scenery actually looked similar to Colorado as well, which is where we live.


  5. felix says
    23 October 12, 2:37am

    Could someone tell me the name of the soundtrack at the end of the film

  6. 29 January 13, 8:51am

    Wisenquest Productions is a Mormon company. Probably was filmed in Utah.

  7. 29 January 13, 8:52am

    My review: I have to say I loved the Disney animated classic of The Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps this one is even better, minus the music of course. I had no clue what I was getting into with this flick, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that this was a Christian film that I could honestly say I truly enjoyed. My goal is to review all of the Christian movies I can find. As I watch them, I always have a critical eye upon them which usually spies out unrealistic or contrived situations/plots, cardboard characters, poor acting, etc, forcing me to deduct style points and feel bad that I can’t extol the virtues of the film and recommend it highly to everyone. It feels so good to run across a film with a good Christian message that delighted me all the way around. I can’t believe that this story only got three doves from the Dove Foundation. I’d have given it six out of five. This is one of few Christian films that I’d actually look forward to watching again. I’d recommend that you check this out – but only if you like a good love story that leaves you feeling warm and cuddly inside.

  8. Patsy Wilson says
    06 May 13, 12:36pm

    The movie Belle and The Beast is the best story that I have watched it over and over because it is a sweet romantic movie. It is very good acting and it is something that can be watched by the whole family. My desire is to see a sequel but I don’t know whether they would do it or not but it needs to be done to finish the story of Belle and Eric. I keep hoping


  9. Annelie says
    06 May 13, 12:46pm

    That is so funny Pat – I’m the same way about this movie – I’ve seen it so many times and wish they would make more like these and of course a sequel would be fabulous!


  10. Patsy Wilson says
    07 May 13, 7:14am

    I am glad to hear Annelie- that I am not the only one who is so fond of this movie. I have read that Matthew Reese who plays Eric Landry in the movie is a producer so maybe if enough of us who are great fans of this movie could keep asking maybe he would produce a sequel to this one so the story could go on. I have told so many folks about this movie because I watch it so much and never get tired of it.

  11. Carolina says
    25 May 13, 9:03am

    hello! I would like to know how to call the songs from the movie! thank you!

  12. Annelie says
    25 May 13, 8:17pm

    I’m not sure, anyone else know?


  13. Michelle says
    09 July 13, 10:30pm

    I really liked the movie! Great romance and sweet story, although predictable very believable for our times.

  14. Michelle says
    09 July 13, 10:32pm

    Also, why was the movie renamed and cover changed? I believe the first one looked more professional. I can see why they would omit the “Latter Day Tale” part to appeal to the masses, but the cover was much prettier.

  15. Annelie says
    11 July 13, 6:59pm

    Good points although just not sure.


  16. Jim says
    14 February 14, 1:03pm

    What am I missing here? Over and over I read what a terrific “Christian” movie this is and yet Christ is not even mentioned in it, much less the need for a Savior! Redemption is the most important message that a Christian movie could convey and this bit of theatrical tripe not only fails to include that, it only fringes even the existence of any sort of god (small gee intended).
    From what I’ve read, the original version (subtitled ‘A Later-Day Tale’) didn’t even use the Bible as a prop but instead used the so called Book of Mormon. In the version subtitled ‘A Christian Romance’ they also changed the name of the story by changing ‘Beauty’ to ‘Belle’ and additionally they changed the last names of the 2 primary actors to reduce the likelihood of people even making the connection that the one that is subtitled ‘A Christian Romance’ is just the Mormon propaganda tool with a couple of scenes replaced. The most emphatic discussion in the whole story is an argument about destroying a copy of the Bible and the initial reason for the anger is because ‘it’s a nice copy’ and even in the follow-up, the argument that it is ‘God’s word’ fails to clarify the difference between the printed pages and the Author’s message. It may come as a shock to a lot of people but simply making a story which doesn’t have lusty dialog, bare skin or vulgar or profane language in it, doesn’t make it Christian. Good behavior does not entitle anyone to their eternal reward. If man were vindicated by good behavior, then Christ died needlessly. (Galatians 2:21)

  17. CFDb says
    14 February 14, 4:40pm

    Hi Jim, I here ya, you are correct, this is a name changed film, that is a valued point. This one was changed and marketed as Christian, that’s why it’s on CFDb. If it did have anything with the LDS message in it, we would put up a warning, so people would know, but this film has nothing in it, as you said it was taken out. They have done this with a few other films as well. Not all films have a strong Christian message. We don’t even agree with all films on CFDb, but we are a database, so if the film is marketed as Christian we list it with a trailer and reviews for others to decide what they want to watch.

    I wish we could be a database with just films we like, but that would be no database, lol Hope you understand. We always like to here what others think, so thanks for sharing, and would love to here what you think about other films. I know this film does not have a strong message, but it does show a need for God, so we did like it. 🙂

  18. Jim says
    15 February 14, 8:12am

    Your response does not surprise me, but it does disappoint me. If the entries in your database only have to be marketed as Christian, there really is no hope of keeping the wolves away from the sheep.
    Tell me. If I said a dolphin is a fish, would it make it true? At a glance, it looks like one, but science says it is not.
    There have been few times in my life that I’ve felt such a compelling need to stand in defense of Christianity, but this is one of them. What the Mormons have done metaphorically (with this movie) is drag the dead skunk out of the room but the stench still remains. Even when they removed the Book of Mormon from the story and replaced it with the Bible they were incapable of expressing the truth in regard to the value of God’s Word, putting all the emphasis on the gift rather than the Giver. But this does not surprise me either. The Bible states that God is unchanging (Hebrews 13:8) and yet the fundamental doctrine of the Mormons says, “As God was, we are. As God is, we will be.” Is it wise to buy into anything they market, much less a storyline that was initially written as an endorsement for the blasphemous propaganda tool called the Book of Mormon?
    One of the distinctions that will always separate God from man is that when God sets the rules and guidelines it NEVER becomes a shelter for evil to take refuge. When man makes the rules it always does. My recommendation for your screening process is to use God’s template. A very good starting point would be Matt 7:18.

  19. CFDb says
    16 February 14, 3:00pm

    Hi Jim,

    I’m glad you have Good Christian Standards for the films you watch, we do also, I wish more people had strong Standards and quit watching all the junk films out there. There are so many films out there and many Great Christian movies, so you can find ones you like. Many people like different kinds of films and many people like this film, but I understand your reasons for you not to watch it. If your looking for a certain kind of movies we can help you with a list of ones I think you will really like with nothing that would be what you don’t like in this film. 🙂

    Just let me know if you would like some recommendations.

  20. Brian Grove says
    26 March 14, 3:23pm

    I was surprised at Jim’s hostility in this Christian website. The criticisms of no direct gospel message could apply to many mainstream Christian movies like the whole Love Comes Softly series. In those, as in this film, the emphasis is on trusting in God’s love through adversity. Having turned against God myself in bitterness after feeling deserted and alone when my wife died young and suddenly, my heart being finally softened by God’s love shown through others, not by yelling John 3v16 every five minutes, I found this film moving. Frankly many of the more preachy Christian films left me cold, as did Jim’s hostility

  21. Jim says
    03 April 14, 2:42pm

    In response to the comments Brian Grove makes

    It’s deeply disturbing to read so many comments from people who are so enthusiastic about good Christian values, aka Christian love, but do not want to hear anything about Christ. When people are uncomfortable hearing about the source of Christian love, which is of course Christ our Redeemer and Lord, it sends up a red flag immediately to me. If people want to call proclaiming the gospel preachy, that’s their choice but … good behavior, smiling faces, and living lives which are traditionally considered admirable, all can be accomplished by people who could well be destined for judgment/damnation. The Mormon organization which produced this movie is an ideal example. (Let me interject here that I am not judging the individuals who belong to their organization, because I do not know what each individual believes, but I do pass judgment on the doctrines that their leadership encourages.)

    It is time consuming and pointless to go into all of the details of why Mormons (again with respect to their doctrines) are NOT followers of Christ but you don’t have to read much about their doctrine to find out for yourself, if you are so inclined. Just looking at the way this movie has been changed from the original Mormon version speaks volumes. If Christ is the foundation of their faith how is it that they manage to make a movie which sidesteps the only way to be reconciled with GOD? Meanwhile, what they do show in the movie is righteous indignation over damaging a single copy of the Bible. In fact, in their original Mormon version of this movie they failed to even use the word Christian in the title! If they have Christ in their hearts and want to share their Christian joy, what better way is there to share the love they have, than leading others to the Source of everlasting life!

    I am not a perfect Christian but on occasions God inspires me to encourage others to refocus and rethink their beliefs. Some people are grateful for what I say, others are offended, but in either case I can only hope that God will become more deeply and passionately present in every experience these readers encounter for the rest of their earthly lives.

    Only one life —- it will soon be past, and only what is done for Christ will last.

  22. Diane says
    21 February 15, 9:06pm

    Where could I get access to the song played in this movie?

  23. Diane Gaspard says
    29 August 15, 5:35pm

    A wonderful movie. I enjoyed it so much.

  24. John N Armstrong says
    28 October 15, 8:24am

    There’s actually quite a bit of information about this movie on IMDb’s site, under the re-title, Beauty and the Beast: a Latter-Day Tale. Answers can be found to a number of the questions posed here, such as location (Utah), soundtrack, etc.

    And while I’m here, just let me say that I rented this movie (actually, streamed it from Amazon Prime) having absolutely no idea what it was about. But I was not disappointed, and my wife and I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend it.

  25. Alan says
    13 November 16, 8:50am

    I am constantly dissapointed by the hipocrasy of the “Christian” community.” They so often work to build hate and division against another group oh their brothers and sisters.

    LDS / Mormon beliefs are very similar to most of Christendom–and their people work just as hard to follow Christ as any other group. Why the hate (or is it fear)?

  26. Desiree says
    15 November 16, 8:26pm

    Hello Alan,

    Personally, I wouldn’t say “hate” is the right word for an entire community. I think it is fear in not understanding. As you’ve mentioned there are many Christian denominations, and each of them believes just as strongly in “their way” as the next, but each one does not take the time to learn about the other. So I think lack of understanding brings a level fear – yes.

    Also, though there may be times when unfortunately you do legitimately find this hatred attitude, it should not be put on the community as a whole, but per individual – just as other hatreds that can be found, such as racism. Each single person has the ability to choose love or hate no matter their belief and it is on that person alone – not the collective.

    I think a prime example of these choices is my own husband and I – we are of two different Christian beliefs, and there are strong differences between them, but we clearly do not hate one another. Hatred is the choice of the individual.


  27. CindySue says
    03 December 16, 7:59pm

    I would love to find the lyrics to the songs in this movie.Is there a book or a soundtrack available?

  28. cufrtisalan robinson says
    11 February 17, 11:00pm

    we enjoyed the movie shown on TNB.ORG 2/11/2017 My wife has been fighting sickness since 2005 over 10 years and the beat goes on…………the battles you fight even knowing your FAITH are quite severe since the fight is for YOUR SOUL and YOUR FAMILY…………..there is not many people that you can talk to in the middle of the storm FILMS like this help to re solidify WHY you choose to continue to walk the TRUTH ;SO HELP ME GOD…SHALOM

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