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Begin Again (2013)

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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.

Director:

John Carney

Writer:

John Carney
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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:
James Corden ... Steve
Keira Knightley ... Gretta
Mark Ruffalo ... Dan
Hailee Steinfeld ... Violet
Yasiin Bey ... Saul
Karen Pittman ... Business Woman
Paul Romero 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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Song Can Change Your Life See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Can a Song Save Your Life? See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dan's last name is Mulligan. In golf, a mulligan is a free shot, or a second chance, for a golfer to replay his or her last swing. The surname choice may be a reference Dan's "second chance" at having a successful career. See more »

Goofs

When recording the song on the roof Miriam is apparently recording or taking photographs of the session as you can see her walking around the band. About 40 seconds into the song she just appears behind the band only to disappear a few seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Greta: I just think you have let your troubles get in the way of your entire life.
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Horny
Written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels
Performed by CeeLo Green (as Cee Lo Green)
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Intelligent, Entertaining, Warm and exciting.
18 July 2014 | by eland001See all my reviews

"A movie about modern advances dismantling the art industry as we know it by replacing the high-paid middle-men with IT, bringing artist closer to audience." Doesn't sound like a thrilling blurb, but this movie brings the story to live with incredible writing, great music, wonderful performances and a brilliant vision. Just like in "Once," this not-love-story side-steps the romance plot Hollywood usually uses like a crutch and focuses on the struggle and triumph or artistic endeavor. (most mainstream stories end with the message that the only happy ending ends in breeding. This tale recognizes the value of humankind's other creative capabilities.) Not that the film's all esoteric and above family. There are all kinds of emotional wounds we suffer in this life, in our families. Rather than a sub-plot focused on starting a family, this story's sub-plot focuses on both growing strong after a family fails (harder) and on repairing another failed family (hardest).

And that's all below the point.

Music! What wonderful music they used in this film, from the soundtrack to the original performances. The way they bring the performances and the creative process to life - the pain, the joy, the failures and triumphs - is just thrilling. This is the kind of film that will make you want to get up and MAKE STUFF. And then put it out there because you can. You don't need the middle-men anymore. You don't need the industry.

To create is the highest expression of humanity and so, perhaps, making art (like this film) that inspires creativity in others is yet a step above.


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