A chance encounter between a down-and-out music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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John Carney

Writer:

John Carney
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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
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

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A Song Can Change Your Life See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Adam Levine and CeeLo Green were judges on The Voice (2011) together. 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: She's English; she's a little uptight.
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Soundtracks

Steve's Busking Song #2
Written & Performed by James Corden
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A refreshing film ...without explosions?
7 July 2014 | by robertmayes21See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begin Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$16,170,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,652,908
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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