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Beyond the Lights (2014)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Noni
Nate Parker ... Kaz
Minnie Driver ... Macy Jean
Machine Gun Kelly ... Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
Danny Glover ... Captain Nicol
Darryl Stephens ... Quentin
Elaine Tan ... April
Isaac Keys ... Jonas
Tyler Christopher ... Liam King
Benito Martinez ... Jesse Soria
Aisha Hinds ... J Stanley
India Jean-Jacques India Jean-Jacques ... Noni (age 10)
Deidrie Henry ... Felicia
Estelle ... Herself
Malieek Straughter ... Billboard Awards Stage Manager
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Storyline

Romance ignites between a troubled young singer on the cusp of stardom, and a handsome young cop with political ambitions in this drama about the power of walking your own path. Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a talented singer whose ethereal voice has taken the world of music by storm. A glimpse beneath the surface, however, reveals a girl who's cracking under the pressure to top the charts. When Noni tries to end it all, concerned cop Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) pulls her back from the ledge, and shows her that life is still worth living. Along the way, Noni and Kaz fall head over heels in love. Meanwhile, the powers that be conspire to keep them apart as well as focused on their respective careers. But without Kaz's love, Noni may never find her true voice..

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackbird See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film was originally titled Blackbird, but there were multiple movies with the same title coming out the same year, this was eventually changed. 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

Kaz: Better for me might not... have anything to do with my career.
Captain Nicol: Are you saying, you don't wanna be a bitter, heartbroken man?
Kaz: [chuckles] Don't you mean *old*, bitter, heartbroken man?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Extraordinary Love (Fall Version)
Performed by Stacy Barthe
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Pleasantly Surprised
24 February 2015 | by wisdombody7See all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie before a colleague recommended it and even then, had no intention of watching it. I was bored and watched it and MY OH MY was I pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I thought it would be a cheesy movie but the story and actors were extremely believable. The addition of realistic award show backdrops added to the current condition of the music industry psyche. Soundtrack was lovely and I enjoyed hearing a current Amel Larrieux jam during such a touching scene. (Sidenote: Check out Ice Cream Every Day for more Amel gems!)

I HIGHLY recommend this movie to anyone interested in a combination of a love story and music. And if this helps, I wouldn't describe this as a chick flick at all - it has a universal appeal to anyone who stays current with the industry and knows how it can steal souls.


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