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Beyond the Sea (2004)

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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin and specifically his relationship with wife Sandra Dee.

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Kevin Spacey
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Bobby Darin
Kate Bosworth ... Sandra Dee
John Goodman ... Steve Blauner
Bob Hoskins ... Charlie Cassotto Maffia
Brenda Blethyn ... Polly Cassotto
Greta Scacchi ... Mary Duvan
Caroline Aaron ... Nina Cassotto Maffia
Peter Cincotti ... Dick Behrke
William Ullrich William Ullrich ... Little Bobby
Michael Byrne ... Dr. Andretti
Matt Rippy ... David Gershenson
Gary Whelan ... Jules Podell
Jake Broder ... 1st Assistant Director
Tayfun Bademsoy ... Ahmet Ertegun
Tomas Spencer Tomas Spencer ... Delivery Guy
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bobby Darin Biopic See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£179,558 (United Kingdom), 28 November 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,264, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,318,709, 31 March 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,010,814, 31 March 2005
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Spacey does his own singing. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1:27:00) When Bobby is in hospital the first time, the heart monitor is a modern type with a flat panel addressable display. Monitors of this era used monochrome oscilloscope type CRT displays. See more »

Quotes

Steve Blauner: Listen you prick, there are four guys around here who can't be fired. And you're not one of them.
David Gershenson: He may be an asshole...
Steve BlaunerDavid GershensonDick Behrke: But he's our asshole!
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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 »

Connections

References American Bandstand (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Published by HNH International Ltd.
Performed by Charles Trenet
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musical delight
16 January 2005 | by tekethedogSee all my reviews

As an old fan of Bobby Darin, I found it real easy to get past the age difference. I just closed my eyes and enjoyed the music. He captures the style and even does well on the voice. bravo! bravo! Spacy is just great, courageous undertaking. Forget the attacks on his ego. Ego is what the entertainment industry runs on anyway. I hope the portrayal of Sandra Dee wasn't too difficult for her to see; not very complimentary. Truth is probably somewhat softer. Her roles never showed her as a true adult, but old personal appearances and interviews gave her more depth. Bobby Darin WAS an egomaniac and couldn't have been easy to be around sometimes. The magic of Bobby Darin was all in his stage presence and his music.


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