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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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BOBBY DARIN . . . in the era of cool he was the soundtrack. See more »


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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The lead role was offered to Tom Cruise who rejected the script. See more »

Goofs

In reality Bobby Darin was with Robert F. Kennedy during the campaign when Kennedy was shot, and in fact in the same hotel where/when it happened. "Beyond the Sea" had him in his trailer at Big Sur when he gets the news on the radio. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Darin: It's OK, I'm not gonna hurt you. Watch. My momma used to tell me a story when I was a kid that in the Middle Ages, one of the knights in King Arthur's court, he laid down his sword between himself and Guinevere, and he promised that he would never cross over to the other side.
Sandra Dee: Really?
Bobby Darin: I am laying down this sword between us. That's my side of the bed, and that's yours, and I will never cross over. Ever. I don't care if we don't touch for a thousand nights. Only you can cross over to my side. ...
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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

Fabulous Places
(1967)
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Published by EMI Hastings Catalog
Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson Orchestra
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Magnificent Obsession
25 December 2004 | by citizen813See all my reviews

Watching Kevin Spacey's new film musical biography about the life of Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea", I couldn't help but think of the great film critic, Pauline Kael's assessment of Diana Ross in the film version of the 70's Black retelling of "The Wizard of Oz", "The Wiz". "Ms. Ross's insistence at the age of thirty nine of playing Dorothy age twelve in 'The Wiz'," wrote Ms. Kael, "amounts to a whim of iron." That's not to say that "Beyond the Sea" does not have merit. It does, and a lot of it. Or, that Kevin Spacey is inappropriately cast. Finally, he's not. In fact, it's hard to imagine anyone else who could bring to this part what Spacey does. But having directed as well as co-produced, co-written, starred and done all of his own singing, one cannot escape that "Beyond the Sea" is ultimately much about Spacey as it is Bobby Darin;in the same manner that "Citizen Kane" is about Orson Welles as William Randolph Heart or, a.k.a. Charles Foster Kane. Spacey's strong ties to his own mother have been reported and Bobby Darin's relationship with his mother is at the focal point of the story, as well as Sandra Dee's, Darin's wife. Both appear as intellectuals with an artist's arrogance and both relish in an often droll delivery. And both, clearly, know how to sing.

Owing some stylish influence to Fosse's "All That Jazz" and even Coppola's "One From the Heart", "Beyond the Sea" shows off Spacey's strong grasp of cinematic story telling moving between surrealism and reality, and his even stronger vocalizing ability in sounding about as close to Darin as you could expect. He moves, he struts and there are moments when he quietly strikes an uncanny pose that looks just like some of those famous record covers. What Spacey can't escape is that at forty five, he is eight years older than when Darin died. Because we are so familiar with Darin's face the difference is noticeable. For some, this may amount to an impossible suspension of disbelief, much in the same manner of last year's "The Human Stain", where many found it impossible to buy Anthony Hopkins as a fair skinned Negro.

This is a shame because Spacey's work is formidable and an impact is made. A life is realized and rendered effectively, often brilliantly and I was moved at the end. If nothing else, one looks forward to what Spacey does next, both in front of and behind the camera. No doubt, his production of Oedipus Rex would be spectacular.


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