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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
┬Ren├ę 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 R├Âttgen Bodyguard
┬Mehmet Yilmaz Bodyguard
┬Tim Williams Bodyguard
┬Turgay Manduz Bodyguard
┬Orhan G├╝ner 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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