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Begin Again (2013)

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Begin Again is a movie starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine. A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve
... Gretta
... Dan
... Violet
... Saul
... Business Woman
Paul Romero ... Bartender
... Miriam
... Christian Father
Ed Renninger ... Barman (as Edward Renninger)
Eric Burton ... Singer Songwriter #2
... Dave
Marco Assante ... Marco
... Jill
... 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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A Song Can Change Your Life 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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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

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Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,170,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,464,861
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Keira Knightley had to learn play guitar for the role. Her husband, musician James Righton, offered his help. According to Knightley, his lessons were disastrous, and almost led to "divorce and murder". See more »

Goofs

When Dan throws his cell phone in anger in the hallway, it jumps from the right side and to the middle of the hall between shots. There is a strange edit at this point in the scene. So I understand what you saw. However, when his phone hits the ground the battery pack falls off and to one side of the hallway. The rest of the phone falls to the other. See more »

Quotes

Dan: Don't you know anything about your father?
Violet: Yeah.
Dan: What?
Violet: I do. I know what mom says.
Dan: What does mom say?
Violet: She says you're a pathetic loser.
Dan: She says that affectionately.
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Bring Your Body To The Party
Written by Gordon Pogoda and Johnny Elkins
Performed by Julie Griffin
Courtesy of Position Music
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If music be the food of love
20 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Once again, Carney wins me.

I'll let the other reviewers introduce you to the characters and the plot, I'll just say this -- for me, this is a perfect movie. It took hold of me from the start, took me down to the depths, up to the heights, and never let me go until the last frame. Perfect execution: casting, performances, writing. The actors just nail it, especially Knightley and Ruffalo, though I would have liked to have seen more done with Catherine Keener.

I rarely watch movies twice, but there are people I want to share this with, and I ordered the soundtrack as soon as I returned home.

How will they finish this, I kept thinking toward the end. The answer? Perfectly.


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