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Beyond the Lights -- Noni Jean is an artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?
Beyond the Lights -- A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.
Beyond the Lights -- A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.
Beyond the Lights -- The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Beyond the Lights -- Noni Jean is an artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail.  Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance.  But can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?

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Writer:
Gina Prince-Bythewood (written by)
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Release Date:
14 November 2014 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Open your heart. Find your voice.
Plot:
The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Self-Image And Confidence Are More Important Than Lights And Fame See more (38 total) »

Cast

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Noni

Nate Parker ... Kaz

Minnie Driver ... Macy Jean

Machine Gun Kelly ... Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)

Danny Glover ... Captain Nicol

Darryl Stephens ... Quentin

Elaine Tan ... April

Isaac Keys ... Jonas

Tyler Christopher ... Liam King

Benito Martinez ... Jesse Soria

Aisha Hinds ... J Stanley

India Jean-Jacques ... Noni (age 10)

Deidrie Henry ... Felicia

Estelle ... Herself
Malieek Straughter ... Billboard Awards Stage Manager

Brandon Wilson ... Male Fan

Jordan Belfi ... Steve Sams

Greg Davis Jr. ... Officer Aforo

Sky Soleil ... LAPD Cop #2

Hayley Marie Norman ... Shai

Rob Locke ... Emcee

Laurieann Gibson ... Choreographer Gibson

Aml Ameen ... Trey

Jesse Woodrow ... Carl

Onahoua Rodriguez ... Donia

Wren T. Brown ... Pastor Marks
Sean Anderson ... Himself
Irving Whitlow ... Irv

Wade Allain-Marcus ... Photographer

Rocsi Diaz ... Herself (as Rocsi)

Ithamar Enriquez ... Spanish Karaoke Guy

Erika Ringor ... Town Car Driver

Gil Darnell ... Worthy Farm Stage Manager
Hector Bucio ... Man at Mexico Market

Tom Wright ... Reverend Brown

Tina D'Marco ... Vendor
Amy Johnson ... Reporter

Debra Lee ... Herself

Roland Martin ... Himself
Mark Ridley Thomas ... Himself

Chaka Khan ... Herself

Amar'e Stoudemire ... Amar'e Stoudemire
Don Lemon ... Himself

Gayle King ... Herself
DeAndre Jordan ... Himself
James Hardy ... Himself

Ashley Hamilton ... Himself

Brandee Evans ... Dancer

Christina Webber ... Dancer
Anisha Gibbs ... Dancer
Helen Gedlu ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ethan Ward ... Bradley

Maame-Yaa Aforo ... Trey's Assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Aviel ... Security (uncredited)

Orel De La Mota ... Party Man (uncredited)
Felicia Dillon ... Bottle service waitress (uncredited)

Cherrelle E'Lan ... Nurse (uncredited)
Brittany Escobar ... Fangirl (uncredited)

Catherine Fisher ... Tap Dancer (uncredited)
Grace Flagg ... Erica Johnson (uncredited)

Katina Forte ... Reporter (uncredited)

Haley Lyn Gilchrist ... Tammy Toulson- tap dancer (uncredited)
Armar Gonsalves ... Concert Fan (uncredited)

Nikki Harlow ... Bottle Service Waitress (uncredited)
Teebone Mitchell ... Bass Player - Band Member (uncredited)

Chase Mullins ... Band Member (uncredited)

Shannon Murray ... Kid Culprit's Girlfriend in Music Video (uncredited)

Myles Perez ... Son of battered mom (uncredited)

Rob Raco ... Stage Manager (uncredited)

Sandra Rosko ... Autograph Fan (uncredited)

Destiny Soria ... Concert fan (uncredited)

Julian Stone ... Voice Actor (uncredited)

Datari Turner ... Noni's boyfriend in music video (uncredited)
Miroslav Zaruba ... Paparazzi (uncredited)

Directed by
Gina Prince-Bythewood 
 
Writing credits
Gina Prince-Bythewood (written by)

Produced by
Stephanie Allain .... producer
Matt Alvarez .... executive producer
Marc Ambrose .... co-producer
Marc Ambrose .... line producer
Jason Beckman .... executive producer
Reggie Rock Bythewood .... producer
Jason Colodne .... executive producer
Ken Halsband .... co-producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... producer
Ryan Kohler .... line producer: additional photography
Chris Lemos .... associate producer
Amar'e Stoudemire .... producer
Sharon Tomlinson .... producer
Tucker Tooley .... executive producer
Samantha Waite .... line producer: London
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Tami Reiker 
 
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
 
Casting by
Aisha Coley 
 
Production Design by
Cecilia Montiel 
Hannah Purdy Foggin (London Unit)
 
Art Direction by
Nick Ralbovsky 
Jenny Ray (Art Director London Unit)
 
Set Decoration by
Lori Mazuer 
 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
 
Makeup Department
Michele Baylis .... uk make supervisor
Stacey Morris .... personal barber and groomer: Nate Parker, Darrryl Stephens, Danny Glover, Machine Gun kelly
Jonathan Seti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ken Halsband .... executive in charge of production
Trent Hara .... production supervisor
Victor Ho .... unit production manager
Madalena Hudson .... production manager: london
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Bryson Pintard .... production supervisor
Pascal Vaguelsy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Sebastian Mazzola .... second second assistant director
Shawn Pipkin .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bonnie Betancourt .... set shopper
Brian S. Childs .... propmaker
Jeremy Cisneros .... set dresser
Stephen Gibson .... assistant property master
Gerald Lehtola .... art coordinator
Maya Levy .... art department assistant
Timberly Matonic .... props
Brendan O'Connor .... art department assistant
Prentice Randolph .... set dresser
Brett V. Shirley .... leadman
Thomas Spence .... property master
Mike Sunga .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Colette D. Dahanne .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Jesse Ehredt .... assistant sound editor
Art Espinosa .... assistant sound editor
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
David Parker .... boom operator
Leslie Shatz .... re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kenneth Armstrong .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Tim Carras .... visual effects supervisor
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer
Sean Coonce .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Brian Cuartero .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Chelsea Goodchild .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Patricio Harris .... digital artist: comen vfx
Melissa Huerta .... roto/paint artist: Comen VFX
Josh Shuman .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
 
Stunts
Matt Emig .... stunts
Paul Leonard .... stunt rigger
Greg Rementer .... utility stunts
Matthew Rugetti .... stunt coordinator
Monty L. Simons .... utility stunts
Justin A. Williams .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarah Brandes .... second assistant: 'a' camera
Eric C. Castro .... electrician
Cliff Charles .... additional photography
David Eubank .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
R. Dana Harlow .... best boy grip
Thatcher Kelley .... digital imaging technician
Tommy Maddox-Upshaw .... B camera Operator
Johnny Medeiros .... key hd video assist engineer
Myron Parran .... first assistant camera
Paul J Harvey .... still photographer: London
David Schmalz .... second video assist operator
Maxwell Thorpe .... key grip
Alpheus Underhill .... grip
 
Casting Department
Kristan Berona .... extras casting
Msaada Nia .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Bohning .... set costumer
Lisa Marie Evans II .... costume assistant (as Lisa Evans)
Melia Ford .... key set costumer
Silvia Raiano .... set costumer
April K. Watkins .... wardrobe pa
 
Editorial Department
Stratton Farrar .... media assistant
Jeremy Goodman .... post-production assistant
Kenneth Marsten .... additional editor
Julian McDougald .... digital intermediate producer
Adam Nazarenko .... digital colorist: Marketing
Aziza Ngozi .... first assistant editor
Mark Sahagun .... Digital Intermediate Editor
Darin Wooldridge .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Location Management
Jaime Abarca Jr. .... key assistant location manager
Samantha-Jane Hunt .... location manager: London
Adam Keller .... assistant location manager
Eric Petersen .... key assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Bob Bowen .... executive in charge of music
Ian Broucek .... music coordinator
Allison Geatches .... assistant to composer
Allison Geatches .... composer: additional music
Jason La Rocca .... music scoring mixer
Joseph Magee .... supervising music mixer
Jason Markey .... music supervisor
Julia Michels .... music supervisor
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Tyler Parkinson .... score recorded by
Del Spiva .... music editor
Amanda Krieg Thomas .... music coordinator
Devona Williams .... playback
Justine von Winterfeldt .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronnie A .... driver
Daren Bojarski .... driver
Gary Compton .... driver
Erik Coutts .... production driver
Scottie Fao .... driver
Larry Fee .... transportation
Stan Mataele .... transportation coordinator
Miki Mcgoro .... driver
Jack Jay Reece .... driver
George Sacks .... transportation
Ken Sale .... transportation
Niu Sale .... transportation
Eric Sherman .... driver
Matt Sprague .... transportation
 
Other crew
Maame-Yaa Aforo .... assistant: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Renetta G. Amador .... script supervisor
Amy Banks .... payroll accountant
Raymond W. Beal .... animal trainer
John Blair .... 2nd assistant accountant
Armando Boquiren .... key assistant location manger
Stephanie Bradford .... production assistant
Bridgett Buss .... epk production coordinator
Jules Carideo .... production supervisor
Eden Cohen .... production legal
Ruth Ann Crudup-Brown .... studio teacher
Alyssa Feener .... Assistant Production Coordinator
Grace Flagg .... dancer
Sarah Himmelstein .... Stand in for Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Beth Hintermeier .... director of operations: Relativity Media
Cheri Jacobs .... first assistant accountant
Jess King .... assistant production office coordinator
Stefón L.C. .... production assistant
Eloy Lara .... key set medic
Matt Leslie .... assistant: Matt Alvarez
Tali Lipa .... production accountant
Sheryl Main .... unit publicist
John Malakoff .... director of production travel: ALTOUR travel
Melissa Morkus .... Physical Production Coordinator
Shannon Murray .... production secretary
Ali Naqvi .... production assistant
Jedrek Oquendo .... production assistant
Josh Reinhold .... studio executive
Santos P. Rodriguez .... chef
David Thrall .... production assistant
Jeff Maynard .... consultant (uncredited)
Kris Smith .... script supervisor: additional (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Aaron Broghamer .... special thanks
Kevin Ladson .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements
Runtime:
116 min
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Language:
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Sound Mix:
Certification:
Germany:12 | South Korea:15 | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #49234)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gina Prince-Bythewood stated on her Twitter that Big Sean auditioned for the role of Kid Culprit and was later given a cameo role as himself in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Captain Nicol refers to his son Kaz's dog as male (saying he's fed) however, Noni says to Kaz's dog "hey girl".See more »
Quotes:
Kaz:Better for me might not... have anything to do with my career.
Captain Nicol:Are you saying, you don't wanna be a bitter, heartbroken man?
Kaz:[chuckles] Don't you mean *old*, bitter, heartbroken man?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Film '72: Episode #45.4" (2016)See more »
Soundtrack:
ShelterSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Self-Image And Confidence Are More Important Than Lights And Fame, 3 December 2014
Author: briand6465 from United States

Saw Beyond the Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, and Minnie Driver! "Noni" played by Raw grows-up with a dream to sing and when she finally gets to super-stardom, dealing with the pressures of fame, her Manager Mother "Macy Jean" played by Driver, and influences from the Rap Music Industry puts her over the edge until she meets her savior "Kaz" the cop played by Parker who puts her life back on track.

"Kaz" helps "Noni" retreat from her controlling manager mom, the paparazzi, and music industry to take some time to reflect upon where she came from until the very moment when her career took off. After a long struggle with her self-image, being told what to do and how to do it from her manager mother and record label, "Kaz" helps "Noni" gain the courage she needs to develop her own thoughts and voice which ultimately sets her free like a "Black Bird" to become the musical artist she was meant to be, instead of what others wanted her to be.

My cinema score is 8/10! This Romantic drama Film is a great date-night movie with so many important life messages regarding self-image, being happy, love & success, so take your boo to go see it! ‪#‎maverickradio‬™

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