A chance encounter between a down-and-out music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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John Carney

Writer:

John Carney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Corden ... Steve
Keira Knightley ... Gretta
Mark Ruffalo ... Dan
Hailee Steinfeld ... Violet
Yasiin Bey ... Saul
Karen Pittman ... Business Woman
Paul Romero ... Bartender
Catherine Keener ... Miriam
Andrew Sellon ... Christian Father
Ed Renninger Ed Renninger ... Barman (as Edward Renninger)
Eric Burton Eric Burton ... Singer Songwriter #2
Adam Levine ... Dave
Marco Assante ... Marco
Mary Catherine Garrison ... Jill
Jen Jacob ... Dave's Fangirl
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Storyline

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Written by The Weinstein Company

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You're only as strong as your next move. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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In May 2016, John Carney told the Independent, that while he considered Mark Ruffalo a great actor, and Adam Levine a joy, with whom to work, he didn't like Keira Knightley's performance in this film under his direction. Carney said "It's not like I hate the Hollywood thing, but I like to work with curious, proper film actors, as opposed to movie stars", and "I learned that I'll never make a film with supermodels again." He later apologized and recanted his statement. See more »

Goofs

When they're walking together sharing the music with a splitter, shortly after the Stevie Wonder song starts, the camera cuts to behind them and the splitter with the headphone wires disappear then reappear when the camera cuts back to in front of them. See more »

Quotes

Miriam Hart: No girls like her, she is distant, and basically the only people that want to hang out with her are older boys who want to fuck her.
Dan: Oh really? And you find that a big surprise? You let her walk out of the house looking like, fuck, Jodie Foster from Taxi Driver.
Miriam Hart: She dresses the way she wants to. And besides, any daughter who dresses like that only wants one thing.
Dan: A pimp?
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Connections

References A Star Is Born (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Steve's Busking Song #1
Written & Performed by James Corden
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Terrific songs, good acting, a nice tonic for troubled times
31 August 2020 | by shark-43See all my reviews

I was a big fan of ONCE - I did not see BEGIN AGAIN when it first came out and only recently watched it and I loved it. One must be in the right mood for this winning, open hearted film - it can be easily passed over as sappy or sentimental but I thought the story of two damaged people meeting each other at just the right time - to be there to help one another - is very well done and Knightley and Ruffalo are wonderful together. But what really makes the whole package work is the fantastic songs - many people were involved with the writing of the music - including Carney the writer-director but the main person behind the songs is Gregg Alexander - a very underrated, very talented musician who was the band The New Radicals in the 90's. He has a way of writing catchy melodies and Lost Stars is a marvelous song - I think my fav scene though is when they are on the rooftop and crank out that song w/ Ruffalo jamming with his daughter. Brought a smile and a tear. I'm a sucker for Carney's films because I also loved SING STREET!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begin Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$16,170,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,652,908
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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