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Love & Mercy (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 19 June 2015 (USA)
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In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 20 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The Life, Love and Genius of Brian Wilson See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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19 June 2015 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,122,177 (USA) (5 June 2015)

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$12,547,189 (USA) (25 September 2015)
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A third era which focused on Brian Wilson's infamous bed period in the 1970s was considered, but ultimately discarded, leaving some of his most troubled years to the viewer's imagination. When asked who would have filled the third Wilson role, Pohlad responded that he had considered Philip Seymour Hoffman. See more »

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Melinda Ledbetter is credited for inspiring the song "Love and Mercy", but in Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, Wilson says that the song came to him spontaneously after drinking some wine. See more »

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Brian Past: [pounding on recording console] We're *not* surfers, we *never* have been, and *real* surfers don't dig our music anyway!
Dennis Wilson: [inhales cigarette] They don't.
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First, there's concert footage of the recent Brian Wilson, himself, singing "Love & Mercy", and then at the very end there is audio of a brief recreated studio recording of Good Vibrations, with '60s Brian leading the dialogue. See more »

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References Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution (1967) See more »

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In My Room
Written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Could have been a great film
9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Brian Wilson's story is worthy of a movie. Neither his creative genius or his mental illness were appreciated until years after the fact. His childhood, as was Michael Jackson's 15 years later , shaped the adult life he inherited. His creative genius allowed and encouraged him to be used by others, including the other "Beach Boys". Mike Love is finally exposed in this film. The story is very interesting. The casting very good, the acting excellent. John Cusack hasn't been this good …maybe never. Elizabeth Banks will be a feature actor after this film. Dano did a very good job. Giamarti might have been a little over the top but to someone who appreciates the Beach Boys and music in general, the scenes from the recording studio are priceless. My fault finding with this movie are the direction and editing. Too long, too dry in spots. A better director would have won an Academy Award with this story


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