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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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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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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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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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Sharman Macdonald: A customer seated behind Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dan (Mark Ruffalo) in a small café, just before Dan storms out. See more »

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When Dan is talking to Saul, Saul's lapel pin is upside down, then right side up in the next shot. 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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Baby's Wearing Blue
Written by Bosley Brown
Performed by Bosley
Courtesy of Terrobird Media
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The music in our lives
26 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was a big fan of the group the Frames and was very excited when I learned about "Once" directed by John Carney and starring Glen Hasard both members of the Frames. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but it had an almost documentary like feel to it. Begin again for me was a statement about how music affects our lives and how different songs can take on different meanings for all of us. For my wife and myself , Ben Folds the Luckiest has a special meaning in our relationship, to most others, it is just another song.

I loved how Begin Again opens with a rather banal sounding song being sung by Kiera Knightly in a small nightclub as Ruffalo stands enthralled. Then for the next 15 minutes we discover why.

The movie uses music in that way several times and I felt it really worked. Your enjoyment of the film will probably be greatly determined by what you think of the music. I happened to love it. Even that banal song soon takes on all new meaning. The entire cast is great and Ruffalo certainly delivers one of his strongest performances.

I have not seen Words and Pictures. My limited knowledge of the film is that it might have a similar theme when it comes to music in our lives. This is a little feel good movie. The kind of film that is a welcome respite in Summer blockbuster season. Last year we had the Way Way back to fill this niche. This year is is Begin Again.


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