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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
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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sandra Dee passed away from kidney failure less than two months after this film was released. See more »

Goofs

Bobby never, ever acknowledged Nina as his mother in public, nor did he barely tolerate that knowledge in private. He also never believed Charlie was his father, nor did he appreciate anything Charlie did for him. This was a total fantasy "make-up" Spacey did because he felt Bobby would have "done it eventually". See more »

Quotes

Charlie Maffia: Hey, tell me something. Who's this guy Yom Kippur they got booked on Friday?
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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

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Soundtracks

Dream Lover
(1959)
Written by Bobby Darin
Published by Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc./Unichappell Music Inc./Alley Music Corp./Trio Music Co. Inc.
Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson Orchestra
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Kevin Spacey's tribute to Bobby Darin
7 January 2005 | by amynewtonSee all my reviews

"Beyond the Sea" is Kevin Spacey's musical biography of Bobby Darin's life. Spacey stars, writes and directs. Most of the major players in the movie are still living and support the project.

Bobby Darin's story is a compelling one. He was born into difficult circumstances, suffered from poor health all of his life, was extraordinarily talented, and he died young.

"Beyond the Sea" is a beautifully layered film. Kevin Spacey uses some very interesting "point of view" methods to tell his story and he does so without overwhelming the viewer. He pays tribute to the big musicals without being sugary. He avoids cliché and tells Darin's story without being trite.

Bobby Darin's music is dynamic and diverse. He had a gift for song and delighted in sharing it with the world. Kevin Spacey genuinely admires Darin's talent and delights in sharing his own gifts with the world in tribute to Darin.

Kevin Spacey's acting ability is perfectly showcased here. His talent as a director is remarkable. His storytelling is strong and moving without being pushy or maudlin. He is honest in his depiction of Darin as both arrogant and sympathetic. Spacey's singing is surprisingly good. He does not insist he is Bobby Darin, he merely asks us to accept his portrayal of a great vocalist as accurate. Spacey manages to reveal the enormity of his own talent without being vain.

"Beyond the Sea" draws attention to Darin's rich and varied legacy. He was a prolific songwriter, a master showman (the only performer Sammy Davis Jr. would not follow), a successful popular recording artist and an accomplished actor. "Beyond the Sea" reveals the enormity of Spacey's talent and leaves him with a legacy that is as impressive as Darin's.


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