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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.

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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
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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Trivia

The Electric Lady recording studio was also featured in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008). 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: I'm a producer because I don't play bass, baby.
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Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Drowning Pool
Written by Stephen Wall, Joseph Wall and Rory Doyle
Performed by The Walls
Courtesy of Dirtbird Records
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Really a pleasant surprise - delightfully not full of cheese!
11 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting a cheesy film. I am not into musicals so was hesitant to commit to this film, in a theatre. But, I was pleasantly surprised. I find some of Ruffalos work, like Now you see me, to be hard to sit through. I did not dislike that film, but I hated his performance. Part of it was how vapid the character was. In this film it is the opposite. He is charming, roguish, creative, and delightful to watch. Quite frankly I did not think Knightly was up to this either. Was I ever surprised. She was great. Well written, well directed, and very good overall. In these days of Hollywood losing its edge, and producing more and more low quality, derivative work, it is refreshing to see a film like this one. And I did not even need to use my earplugs. Transformer this film was not. Thankfully.


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