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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 overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Bobby Darin
Kate Bosworth ... Sandra Dee
John Goodman ... Steve Blauner
Bob Hoskins ... Charlie 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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The life of crooner/actor Bobby Darin is presented as part fact, part fiction and much fantasy. It is framed around a biopic being filmed about and starring Darin as himself, with he being surrounded by many of his lifelong entourage from the Bronx. In that fantasy, the young actor portraying him as a child in the biopic emerges as his true younger self, questioning, knowing all, if his adult self wants the biopic to be all sugar and roses, as is the want of his manager, Steve Blauner, or if he wants to tell the truth. Regardless, what is presented of his life includes: his sickly childhood - where he was not expected to survive past his teens - with his vaudevillian mother, Polly Cassotto, his musical mentor, and his much older sister, Nina Cassotto, both who ultimately lived vicariously through his fame; his early singing career where the ultimate goal was not to rival but surpass the fame of Frank Sinatra; the meeting of who would become his wife, already famous actress Sandra Dee ... Written by Huggo

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BOBBY DARIN . . . in the era of cool he was the soundtrack. 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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Trivia

During the song "Some of These Days", Kevin Spacey says "ah, do it, Sophie", as Bobby Darin did in the original recording. This is a reference to Sophie Tucker, the "Last of the Red Hot Mamas", who first recorded the song on February 24, 1911, and later re-recorded it in 1926. See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) Camera shadow appears briefly twice during "Beyond The Sea" song and dance; on the back of a waiter as Bobby approaches Sandra at a table, and later on Sandra herself. See more »

Quotes

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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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 Gidget (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

That's All
(1952)
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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Beyond The Songs
29 January 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Bobby Darin was a great singer and entertainer. And his untimely death at age 37 was most unfortunate. But, aside from one interesting revelation about his parents, I'm not sure that his life was any more deserving of a film than dozens of other singers and entertainers from the fifties and sixties. The fact that "Beyond The Sea" is mostly a musical tribute rather than a traditional biography suggests a lack of substantive material on which to base a two hour movie.

The film's complex structure is unusual, in that the adult Darin (Kevin Spacey) talks with himself as a child (William Ullrich) and the two of them, via flashbacks and fantasy, direct a movie about the adult's life. It is an interesting, though at times confusing, structural approach.

What I liked most about the film is the music. Spacey himself sings the songs. And he does a terrific job with the big band sounds of "Dream Lover", "Artificial Flowers", "Some Of These Days", "Beyond The Sea" and, of course, "Mack The Knife". The film's secondary performances are quite good, especially John Goodman. Production design is high quality, and the dance routines are well staged.

Overall, listening to Darin's songs was great. But I would have preferred a more traditional, linear biography. This movie reinforces the perception that talented performers who die young are more likely to get film tributes than talented performers who live to an old age. Maybe, in some way, Hollywood feels guilty at the premature loss. Or, maybe, an early death makes the entertainer, over time, seem more idealized.


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Release Date:

29 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,264, 19 December 2004

Gross USA:

$6,318,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,447,615
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