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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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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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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

In the film, Dave Kohl's debut album is titled "Jane's Last Day". The title of the album parodies the debut album "Songs About Jane" by Adam Levine's band Maroon 5. See more »

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When Dave returns from Los Angeles and gets into a fight with Gretta, the clock on the oven switches from 9:45 to 11:30 within a minute or two. See more »

Quotes

Dan: That's some song you got there. I promise you it could be a big hit. Plus you're beautiful.
Gretta: I'm sorry, what's beauty got to do with anything?
Dan: Jesus, you're tricky, aren't you?
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Soundtracks

Count It All Up
Written by Edward Walker
Performed by Emazin
Courtesy of In The Groove Music
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A refreshing film ...without explosions?
7 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I knew virtually nothing about this film - hadn't even seen the trailer - when I drug my wife to see it last night, and we were both very pleasantly surprised. The characters are drawn in such a way that they are both like-able and relatable. In the end, the film builds emotion with the audience not by means of incredible stretches of the imagination, but through a gradually reinforced empathy. I have seen all the summer blockbusters, and the single largest failure in most of them is that they create shallow characters that the audience does not care about.

The dynamics used in this movie cause an engagement in the audience that is necessary in ANY film for it to be great. This one is not to be missed in the CGI-filled summer.


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