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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.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

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Open your heart. Find your voice.

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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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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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The song "Grateful" generated a minor fuss among the crew. The movie received an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song, and the sole recipient of the nominee was songwriter Diane Warren. However, the performer of the song, Rita Ora has falsely claimed that she was nominated as well, including a stint on The Graham Norton Show (2007) where she took credit for the nomination, unaware of the fact that she is not nominated. Furthermore, Warren and Ora had a minor feud over the song, because Warren felt Ora had not promoted the song enough. 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

Macy Jean: [to a young Noni after she has won a trophy for second prize] Chuck it. Go on, throw it away.
Noni: Why, mummy?
Macy Jean: Do you want to be a runner up, or do you want to be a winner?
[young Noni throws it away, and it breaks]
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Connections

Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Grateful
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Rita Ora
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Great lead performance
22 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

My feelings on this are basically just like every other person who saw it. It does have some biting, realistic insight into just how cruel and harsh the entertainment industry is, but the romance and the narrative are quite predictable. I probably actually enjoyed it more than my rating, but it's just way too formulaic and it's a shame when it started off better and it could've just been something more. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is really the best thing about it, delivering her all and giving even her most cliché of scenes life and passion. She's very charismatic and has a very strong screen presence, I hope she gets more roles after this because she would certainly deserve it.


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