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Beyond the Sea (2004)

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Original Title : Beyond the Sea
Director : Kevin Spacey
Writer : Kevin Spacey
Lewis Colick
Genre : Biography
Drama/Music/Musical
Country : USA
Language : English
Music : Mick Jagger
Christopher Slaski
Photography : Eduardo Serra
Distributor : Lions Gate Films Inc.
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for some strong language and a scene of sensuality.
IMDB ID : 0363473
Official site : http://www.beyondtheseathemovie.com/
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Starring

Kevin Spacey Bobby Darin
Kate Bosworth Sandra Dee
John Goodman Steve Blauner
Bob Hoskins Charlie Cassotto Maffia
Brenda Blethyn Polly Cassotto
Greta Scacchi Mary Duvan
Caroline Aaron Nina Cassotto Maffia
Peter Cincotti Dick Behrke
Michael Byrne Dr. Andretti
Matt Rippy David Gershenson
Gary Whelan Jules Podell
William Ullrich Little Bobby Darin
Jake Broder 1st Assistant Director
Tayfun Bademsoy Ahmet Ertegun
Tomas Spencer Delivery Guy
Tom Mannion Movie Set Reporter
Marcus Brigstocke Radio Host
Curtis Victor Dodd Mitchell Cassotto, 11 Years
Enrique Alberto Saunders Dodd Mitchell Cassotto, 6 Years
Vinzenz Kiefer Las Vegas Bellhop
Harvey Friedman Sandra Dee's Make-up Artist
Andrew Laws Director (as Andrew James Laws
Torben Liebrecht 1st Trumpet Player
Jeffrey Mittleman Bass Player
Toni Nissl Drummer
Clayton Nemrow Guitarist
Andreas Renell Ralph Edwards
Matthew Burton Producer
Natalie O'Hara Script Supervisor
Sabine Winterfeldt Costume Designer
Richie Gibson Production Assistant
Lorenzo Fruzza Production Assistant
René Ifrah 2nd Assistant Director
Martin Arno Sound Mixer
Howard Cooper Sound Engineer
Joseph Sumner Sound Assistant
J.J. Straub Friend of Charlie
Holly-Jane Rahlens Friend of Nina
Cornell Adams Bobby's World Player
Wil Röttgen Bodyguard
Mehmet Yilmaz Bodyguard
Tim Williams Bodyguard
Turgay Manduz Bodyguard
Orhan Güner Bodyguard
Alberto Fortuzzi Kitchen Waiter
Megan Gay Nanny
Shaun Lawton Italian Movie Director
Vittorio Alfieri Italian Bellhop
Peter Cotton Safari Club Heckler
Maria Schuster Heckler's Date
Johnny Challah Safari Club Drummer
Ricky Watson Copa Waiter
Amadeus Martin-Reid George Kirby
Georg Schramm Variety Show Host
Sam Douglas Variety Show Host
John Keogh Journalist
Andy Gatjen Journalist
Gabriel Walsh Journalist
Andrew Weale Journalist
Michael Traynor Journalist
Joost Siedhoff Mourner
Leon Alderton Dancer
Gary Amers Dancer
Chris Bailey Dancer
Paul Basleigh Dancer
Jeffrey Broadhurst Dancer
Anna Jane Casey Dancer
Vikki Coote Dancer
Lara Costa Dancer
Simon Coulthard Dancer
Phyllida Crowley Smith Dancer
Francesco D'Astici Dancer
Simone De La Rue Dancer
Kathryn Dunn Dancer
Gavin Eden Dancer
Adrian Edmeades Dancer
Matt Flint Dancer
Melanie A. Gage Dancer (as Melanie Gage
Jason Gardiner Dancer
Rebecca Giacopazzi Dancer
Roberto Giuffrida Dancer
Charlotte Gorton Dancer
Gillian Grueber Dancer
Arthur Gurunlian Dancer
Zoe Hardman Dancer
Melissa Hetherington Dancer
Sean Martin Hingston Dancer
Denise Holland Dancer
Joann Hunter Dancer (as JoAnn M. Hunter
Barnaby Ingram Dancer
Damien Jackson Dancer
Jacqui Jameson Dancer
Chris Jarvis Dancer
Laura Jayne Dancer
Pip Jordan Dancer
Simon Karaiskos Dancer
Gavin Lee Dancer
Shannon Lewis Dancer
Fergus Logan Dancer
Nunzio Lombardo Dancer
Mari MacKenzie Dancer
Alec Mann Dancer
Scott Marshall Dancer
Magdalena Maslik Dancer
Carol Lee Meadows Dancer
Helen Otway Dancer
Alastair Postlethwaite Dancer
Kimmi Richards Dancer
Paul Robinson Dancer
Jake Samuels Dancer
Tom Sapsford Dancer
Wolfgang Schwingler Dancer
Craig Scott Dancer
Aaron Sillis Dancer
Spencer Soloman Dancer
Natalie Somerville Dancer
Alex Splendore Dancer
Lorraine Stewart Dancer
Summer Strallen Dancer
Scarlett Strallen Dancer
Tristan Temple Dancer
Suzanne Thomas Dancer
Barnaby Thompson Dancer
Emma Tunmore Dancer
Ian Waller Dancer
Simon Williams Dancer
Joel Kirby Journalist
Nina Franoszek Patty Duke (uncredited
Kai Maurer Copa Maitre D' (uncredited
George Sobotta Waving Asian Man on Sidewalk (uncredited
David Westhead Dr. Fields (uncredited
 

Plot

Consummate entertainer Bobby Darin (1936-1973) is making a movie about his life. He's volatile, driven by the love of performing, ambition, perfectionism, and belief that he's living on borrowed time. He begins in the Bronx: a fatherless lad learning music and dance from his mom. His career starts slowly, then "Splish Splash" puts him at the top of the charts and on "Bandstand." He wants to be an entertainer, not a pop star, so he aims for the Copacabana, then it's on to the movies, where he meets and marries Sandra Dee. After, it's balancing career, health, marriage and family life, balances he doesn't always keep. Throughout, conversations with his boyhood self give him perspective.
 

Comments

Well acted, but not quite a top notch film, 1 January 2005 Author: Vash2001 from Arizona, USA I went to see this movie with no expectations at all. I did not know much about Bobby Darin, except that he was a popular singer who died young. I did not know any of his songs, but I had heard that he had married Sandra Dee, who I saw in a rented tape of Summer Place. I saw an interview of Spacey on Larry King Live and it got me interested because Darin's son seemed to support this movie. I like Kevin Spacey as an actor and he does a very good job of bringing out the person in the Darin character. I was amazed to see that he could sing and dance quite well. Kate Bosworth, who looks beautiful as Sandra Dee, does justice to the character. Considering her young age, it is astonishing that she played the actress over a range of age. I liked the first half of the movie. The movie should have attained greater heights in the second half but it did not. SPOILERS AHEAD.... The child 'Bobby Darin' kept interfering with the flow of the story. Introducing the child worked well in the first part of the movie, but toward the end it brought the movie down quite a bit. Particularly the last conversation between the two Darins, and the sing & dance after Darin's death were uncalled for, or it should have been very brief. The movie lost its intensity due to the addition. Earlier, when the secret about Bobby's mother is out, and he publicly acknowledges her as his mother, it was a high point of the movie, but it got lost. Toward the end when he performs great ("He is back!!") in a night club, just before he is rushed to the hospital, it was another high point. Darin's conversation with his son, and the son opening the suitcase which indicated that Bobby had passed on, were touching. However, again, the final song diluted it for me. It would have been much more effective to not bring back the child for so long, and instead a gallery of Darin's pictures while performing would have been more effective after his death in the movie. Another way would have been to simply add a footnote after his death. From what I heard, in real life Darin and Dee divorced (the movie shows the tensions between them quite well) and he remarried. From the movie one would think that they never divorced, and that they were separated for only a brief period while Darin moved to an isolated spot and lived in a trailer in an effort to discover himself. I was shocked when I first heard that Kevin Spacey was going to play Bobby Darin. I thought he was too old to play someone who died at age 37. Spacey does an admirable job of portraying the character, and directing the movie. Still it was hard for me to forget the difference in age. I cannot comment on the singing because I have not heard Bobby Darin's songs. Inspite of its flaws this is a pretty good movie (7/10). Definitely worth seeing once. However, those more acquainted with Bobby Darin's work, may have a different reaction to it.
 
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