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Love & Mercy (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 19 June 2015 (USA)
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In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

Director:

Bill Pohlad

Writers:

Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner (as Michael Alan Lerner) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 20 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Brian - Past
John Cusack ... Brian - Future
Elizabeth Banks ... Melinda Ledbetter
Paul Giamatti ... Dr. Eugene Landy
Jake Abel ... Mike Love
Kenny Wormald ... Dennis Wilson
Brett Davern ... Carl Wilson
Graham Rogers ... Al Jardine
Erin Darke ... Marilyn Wilson
Bill Camp ... Murry Wilson
Joanna Going ... Audree Wilson
Nick Gehlfuss ... Bruce Johnston
Mark Linett Mark Linett ... Chuck Britz
Johnny Sneed ... Hal Blaine
Gary Griffin Gary Griffin ... Al De Lory
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Storyline

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

His music shaped our lives. Love saved his. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahava va'khesed See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,122,177, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,547,189, 27 September 2015
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the 1980s, Eugene Landy and his associates attempted to organize a biopic of Wilson's life entitled Love & Mercy with William Hurt as Wilson and Richard Dreyfuss as Landy. In the late 1990s, another biopic was planned with Jeff Bridges as Wilson. See more »

Goofs

Dialogue suggests that the "Smiley Smile" album was completed by the Beach Boys without Brian's involvement; archival tapes show that he was actually very involved in the album's recording. See more »

Quotes

Brian Past: [after a panic attack] I don't know. It was like - weird. Like I was in a movie or something. Like there were things there that I could see all of a sudden. Strange things. And people talking...
Carl Wilson: [worried] You mean like voices? Voices in your head?
Brian Past: No.
[pauses sheepishly]
Brian Past: Well, kind of! Yeah, I guess.
[Carl and Dennis exchange tense looks]
Brian Past: Maybe -
[imitating Sonny the Cuckoo Bird]
Brian Past: I'm Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!
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Crazy Credits

First, there's concert footage of the recent Brian Wilson, himself, singing "Love & Mercy", and then at the very end there is audio of a brief recreated studio recording of Good Vibrations, with '60s Brian leading the dialogue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and a few subsequent public screenings contained a few extra scenes, such as an "I Get Around" studio sequence, and a scene where Wilson meets Phil Spector on the street. The closing song "One Kind of Love" was also absent from this cut. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Silhouette
Composed by Atticus Ross
Contains portions of:
"God Only Knows"
Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)"
Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Let's Go Away for Awhile"
Written by Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Sloop John B"
Written by Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This is the best music biopic since Immortal Beloved
7 June 2015 | by mikeflood50See all my reviews

It's almost impossible to portray the work involved in making a great song in a movie. Love and Mercy accomplishes that and so much more. It is an emotional juggernaut that every boomer should enjoy. Dano and Cusack nail the early and later Wilson. Elizabeth Banks holds the whole thing together with the "flash forwards" featuring her pitch-perfect performance.

The typical music biopic is a formula of rising star gets drugged out, falls from the pinnacle and either dies an early death or maybe makes a comeback after getting sober. This movie explains WHY all those things happened to Brian Wilson and does it with an unblinking eye. It treats the audience like they have brains.

This movie is not for the faint-hearted. It tells it like it was. Some very sad episodes, but an ending worth waiting for. Go see it.


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