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Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 August 2019 (USA)
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In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director:

Gurinder Chadha

Writers:

Sarfraz Manzoor (screenplay by), Gurinder Chadha (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Barratt ... Matt (10)
Ronak Singh Chadha Berges Ronak Singh Chadha Berges ... Javed (10) (as Ronak Chadha Berges)
Viveik Kalra ... Javed
Lee Barnett Lee Barnett ... Foreman
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Matt
Kit Reeve ... Emma
David Hayman ... Mr Evans
Kulvinder Ghir ... Malik (Father)
Nikita Mehta ... Shazia (Sister)
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Meera Ganatra ... Noor (Mother)
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Kathy
Tara Divina Tara Divina ... Yasmeen (Cousin)
Jeff Mirza ... Mr Shah
Frankie Fox ... Colin Hand
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Storyline

In 1987 Britain, Javed Khan is a British-Pakistani college arts student in Luton in a family with a domineering father. Depressed by his oppressive family life and feeling he has no future in a hostile community, a newfound friend introduces Javed to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Touched by the rock star's powerfully eloquent affinity of his own feelings, Javed is inspired to reach out for his own dreams with his own talents. However, although Javed finds friends he never expected in this personal quest, he also finds himself butting heads with his newly unemployed father who stubbornly refuses to understand his son's new aspirations. In this conflict of values in a troubled time, Javed must decide what is truly important to him while his family struggles to understand what has changed and what remains with a new generation feeling born to run. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

For Anyone Who Has Ever Wanted to Dream. You're Not Alone.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Movie title comes from Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded by the Light", which was made famous by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. See more »

Goofs

The American flags hanging on the airport walls are displayed incorrectly. When displayed vertically against a wall, the union (blue field) should be uppermost and to the flag's right, that is, the observer's left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Javed: September, 1980. My best friend Matt and I have the same birthday. He got a brand new chopper bike. It's really fast and looks so cool. I got a Rubik's cube. But Matt gave me this diary that he didn't want. And I'm going to write in it every day.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 30 July 2019 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Darkness on the Edge of Town
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Published by Universal Music Works on behalf of Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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It's absolutely fine
9 July 2019 | by jamescraigukSee all my reviews

I just saw this in a Cineworld Unlimited screening and, other than having seen the trailer and thought it looked ok, knew very little of Blinded By The Light. Immediately a few people got up and walked out. Ten minutes in a couple more joined them. Others waited an hour, then popped off. Some of these people - though not necessarily in the same screening as me - have added their 1-star review to IMDb. These people should have their Unlimited cards confiscated and be barred from cinemas and writing reviews permanently. Sure, it's not a perfect film - Springsteen is shoehorned in a cringeworthy number of times and the narrative has a paint-by-numbers feel to it - but it's a cheerful film with a good message: do what makes you happy and don't be a douche. Those giving the 1-star reviews really did miss the second part of the message. Look, it's an ok film. If you like Bend It Like Beckham, you'll probably enjoy this. Of you're a massive 'The Boss' fan, you'll probably enjoy this. Don't trust the 1-star reviews; it's never a 1-star film. I'd probably really rate this 5 stars, but I'm adding one just to counter a couple of those walk-outs who feel justified in tarring a film with their own ineptitude.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,333,305, 18 August 2019

Gross USA:

$11,901,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,096,691
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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