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Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 August 2019 (USA)
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In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Gurinder Chadha
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Cast

Credited cast:
Viveik Kalra ... Javed
Kulvinder Ghir ... Malik
Meera Ganatra ... Noor
Aaron Phagura ... Roops
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Matt
Nikita Mehta ... Shazia
Nell Williams ... Eliza
Tara Divina ... Yasmeen
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Frankie Fox ... Colin Hand
Hayley Atwell ... Ms Clay
Sally Phillips ... Mrs. Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sofia Abbasi ... 1980's Local Resident
Asheq Akhtar ... Butcher
Vincent Andriano ... Billy
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In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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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:

$6,121,406

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,591,848
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Rob Brydon is a Bruce Springsteen fan and in January 2018 surprised regulars at the Half Moon in Putney by singing a version of Thunder Road with singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph. See more »

Goofs

During the first English class the writing on the blackboard changes size. See more »

Quotes

Malik: Stay away from the girls. Follow the Jews!
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Connections

References Absolute Beginners (1986) See more »

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Don't You Want Me
Performed by The Human League
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Blinded by the Light (2019)
17 August 2019 | by rockman182See all my reviews

I absolutely love the music of Bruce Springsteen. When I got into his music a few years back, I instantly became enamored with his albums namely Darkness on the Edge of Town. When I saw the trailer for this, I was instantly hyped. This looked a bit like Danny Boyle's Yesterday. A film about a talented brown guy who uses a classic rock act to better his life and land a beautiful girl. I was always going to like this but I felt an identification with the character and the music as an inspiration and the idea of chasing what you believe in.

The film is about a young Pakistani high school kid who has to deal with racism and the pressures of his traditional family, in 1980's Luton, England. A friend of his introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, and he quickly becomes influenced in all facets by the music of the Boss. Relating to the words of Springsteen, he uses this as fuel to get the girl he likes, chase his dreams of becoming a writer, and butting heads with his family namely his strict and overbearing traditional father.

Great acting all around, with a very impressive debut by Viveik Kalra. Nell Williams is beyond gorgeous. The music and use of songs in this music is fantastic. Couldn't help but sing along. Its true what they say, Bruce made songs that related to the working class and the struggles that people faced at work and in life. With all its profound lyrics as a backdrop, the film manages to touch on important issues of xenophobia (which are still present today) and the struggles that can come with familial expectations not lining up with ones own goals.

As a brown male myself who works on developing his skills and chasing a better life, I identified with a lot of this film. Heck, I even travel to Luton and Bury Park every year on vacation. So, I really felt this film. I'm all for breaking out and chasing happiness and bettering yourself in life. Therefore, I found this to be a real and identifiable film. I think if you like the work of Springsteen and the influence he has as an artist, then this will resonate very well for you. I recommend a watch for everyone though.

8/10


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