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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.

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Gurinder Chadha

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Sarfraz Manzoor (screenplay), Gurinder Chadha (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Meera Ganatra ... Noor (Mother)
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Kathy
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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blinded by the Light See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,333,305, 18 August 2019

Gross USA:

$11,729,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,743,357
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

An establishing shot shows an arriving airliner over a sign that reads "Newark Liberty International Airport." However, the story is set in the late 1980's when the airport was named "Newark International Airport." "Liberty" was added to the name in 2002 after 9/11. See more »

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[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 Granada Reports: 8 August 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't You Want Me
Performed by The Human League
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A good message
9 July 2019 | by kapakraSee all my reviews

I saw this at a secret screening and it's not my normal kind of film, but it is a interesting message about culture and how the ideals we are exposed to can shape us.

Sticking with it to the end brings it full circle, and that seems to be the point of the story.


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