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A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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Storyline

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Written by The Weinstein Company

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You're only as strong as your next move.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$134,064 (USA) (27 June 2014)

Gross:

$16,168,741 (USA) (10 October 2014)
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Trivia

Director John Carney told Variety in an interview that he considered casting a pop singer as Gretta James, including Adele. See more »

Goofs

When recording the song on the roof Miriam is apparently recording or taking photographs of the session as you can see her walking around the band. About 40 seconds into the song she just appears behind the band only to disappear a few seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Steve: The world's first Jag mobile recording studio is done!
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Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost Stars
(Keira Version)
Written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood
Performed by Keira Knightley
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User Reviews

 
A refreshing film ...without explosions?
7 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I knew virtually nothing about this film - hadn't even seen the trailer

  • when I drug my wife to see it last night, and we were both very


pleasantly surprised. The characters are drawn in such a way that they are both like-able and relatable. In the end, the film builds emotion with the audience not by means of incredible stretches of the imagination, but through a gradually reinforced empathy. I have seen all the summer blockbusters, and the single largest failure in most of them is that they create shallow characters that the audience does not care about.

The dynamics used in this movie cause an engagement in the audience that is necessary in ANY film for it to be great. This one is not to be missed in the CGI-filled summer.


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