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Beyond the Lights (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 14 November 2014 (USA)
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Noni
... Kaz
... Macy Jean
... Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
... Captain Nicol
... Quentin
... April
Isaac Keys ... Jonas
... Liam King
... Jesse Soria
... J Stanley
India Jean-Jacques ... Noni (age 10)
... Felicia
... Herself
Malieek Straughter ... Billboard Awards Stage Manager
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Open your heart. Find your voice.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackbird  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,500,000, 14 November 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,618,727
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Sony Pictures Entertainment was originally going to produce and distribute the movie, but dropped out after Writer and Director Gina Prince-Bythewood insisted on casting Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Captain Nicol refers to his son Kaz's dog as male (saying he's fed) however, Noni says to Kaz's dog "hey girl". See more »

Quotes

Noni: You know I always wondered when I'd do a shoot, and they'd tell me to hike up my shirt or take my shirt off, and I'd look to you to see if it was okay, and it was always okay.
Macy Jean: Would you look around you? It is okay.
Noni: No, it's not okay! It never was!
Macy Jean: Noni, the song doesn't make you, you make the song. It's a game, alright?
Noni: So what? You give me a new nose, a new body and some Indian chick's hair. New and improved, except I'm not a bloody product!
Macy Jean: We did what we had to do.
Noni: There was never any "we". ...
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Blackbird
Performed by India Jean-Jacques
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Compassionate and Love for Life

This was a tremendous movie not only with the song lyrics but the making behind the movie. Gugu plays this to a tee and she is a fine upcoming actress I hope makes it in the movie world. But it is all about the meaning "between the lines"! You must pay attention to the very beginning and the dialogue to understand the rest. However, the meaning of life is showing who you are, and being proud of it...and if you are afraid of being the "real you" it may take the "love" and "compassion" of a stronger force to bring it out in you! This movie should appeal to both genders but I know every women globally would enjoy it! It brings tears of joy streaming down one's cheeks! Congrats Gugu and Nate for a brilliant performance by both of you! LadyAnn68


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