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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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The James Toback draft which followed an earlier draft by Paul Attanasio concentrated on Sandra Dee's alcoholism and childhood molestation by her stepfather. This draft was then given to Lorenzo Carcaterra. His draft, the last before Warner Bros. and Barry Levinson left the project, was 164 pages long. See more »


The film omits several key people (including Bobby Darin's second wife), and some key events (including how he learned the truth about his background) did not take place as shown. See more »


Steve Blauner: [interrupting a tender moment] Bobby! Whoa, sorry. But I was right about the war picture. Get your speech ready 'cause as soon as this tour is over, you're going to the Oscars, pal. You just got nominated.
Bobby Darin: [shouting] Halleujah! Yes! Yes!
Sandra Dee: Oh, Christ.
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References Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) 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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An Excellent Tribute By A Fan, For Fans of Bobby Darin
1 January 2005 | by (Capitola, CA) – See all my reviews

I've been a big fan of Bobby Darin's music for decades, particularly his renditions of standards and I have to agree with Gene Shalit on this, Kevin Spacey nails as best he can, without plastic surgery the late great singer. The film is, as Spacey says in the film, a fantasy and works on many levels, beginning with an attempt at a biographical picture and disecting his life through his eyes and through the eyes of a wary young man. Bob Hoskins as Darin's brother in law, Caroline Aaron as his sister, John Goodman as his manager and Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee all give excellent performances, without which I may have agreed with some other critics. As is, it's a strong performance and most of the critics who panned this film should reconsider who they think _their_ audience is. At 200 minutes, I never felt it was long and enjoyed the musical scores throughout. Thank you, Mr. Kevin Spacey, for a fine film I'll watch again and again. You should consider cutting an album of your own.

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