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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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Taglines:

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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Noni Jean's relationship with her mother was inspired by Gina Prince-Bythewood's relationship with her biological mother, whom she met in her 20s, and how she imagined their relationship would have been if her mother had not given her up for adoption. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Noni: What we had was perfect right?
Kaz: We started on a lie. So it could never be perfect.
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Connections

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

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Written by Chrishan (as Christopher Chrishan Dotson), Kyle Coleman, Anthony Franks and Dominic Woods
Performed by Adrian Marcel
Courtesy of Republic Records
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brief review from world premiere at TIFF
6 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was at the world premiere today at the Toronto International Film Festival and just wanted to say that I thought the movie was really excellent. Definitely on par with the director's other works. It very easily could have fallen into being a schmaltzy typical chick flick love story type of movie but it doesn't do that. It is a fairly predictable love story but the relationship between the 2 main characters is great and feels authentic and emotionally truthful. They had a pretty strong, palpable chemistry together. You could see a real attraction between the two on screen and only adds to the intensity. Minnie Driver was great as well as Noni's driving, determined mother and manager doing everything she could to make her daughter a star. Not really an Oscar movie but good solid directing and screenplay and really great acting performances particularly from Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and (the extremely handsome and delicious) Nate Parker.


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