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Beyond the Sea (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  29 December 2004 (USA)
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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin (Spacey) specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee (Bosworth).


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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. Written by <>

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The voice. The passion. The confidence. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Bobby Darin Biopic  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£179,558 (UK) (26 November 2004)


$29,869 (New Zealand) (17 November 2006)

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Initially, Barry Levinson was set to direct. See more »


When Bobby is singing his first song at the Copa, his hair changes throughout the song. First it's all combed back then there is a strand that is on his forehead, then it keeps flipping back and forth. See more »


Bobby Darin: You're gonna be easy to love.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see Kevin Spacey performing another song. In the background there are lines moving to the music. See more »


That's All
Written by Bob Haymes and Alan Brandt
Published by Warner/Chappell Music on behalf of Mixed Bag Music, Inc.
Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson Orchestra
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Give Spacey His Due Here
3 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has been called "a labor of love" by the man responsible for this movie: Kevin Spacey. He was driving force behind this biography being put on screen, even to the point of starring in the title role. This is the most amazing aspect of them all: Spacey's imitation of singer Bobby Darin. It's unbelievable! He sounds remarkably close to how Darin sounded. He did his idol proud, that's for sure.

Those who complain that he was told old to play the part are nitpicking. I am not a personal fan of Spacey. Off-screen, I think he's a jerk. However, the criticism of him here is simply unfair. The man did an incredible job imitating Darin - period. Who could have done better?

Kate Bosworth is also very good as "Sandra Dee," the actress who married Darin. She comes across as a very positive and nice person, a lot more than Darin whose problems are shown as well as his good points. He is not always a good guy.

The language is a little rougher than I'd like to see this in this music-biography. The bits with the kid were annoying, not profound as they were obviously trying to be. In fact, the film would have ended perfectly without that last 4-5 minute scene with the child.

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