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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

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

Gugu Mbatha-Raw sang most of her own songs for this movie. See more »

Goofs

Noni cuts herself on the glass and is bleeding yet the next morning she has no injuries. 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

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

Soundtracks

Extraordinary Love (Fall Version)
Performed by Stacy Barthe
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LOVED IT! Can't get this story off my mind.
15 November 2014 | by whocanfind-379-485123See all my reviews

This movie from start to finish was nothing short of amazing. Very here and now. Very real. Gugu and Nate Parker gives an exceptional performance in their roles. Even though I come from a very different life than Noni, I could relate to her feelings of not being seen or heard. I found myself feeling sorry for Noni, but wanting her so desperately to rise above all of it and find her own voice and embrace herself. I so appreciate how Gugu caused me as the viewer to feel every scene as if I am right there. I hope she continues to make great films. She was amazing in "Belle" and she surely did not disappoint in this one. Great job cast, writers, directors and producers of this film! I definitely plan to add this one to my video library when it comes out on DVD.


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