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Beyond the Sea [DVD] [2004]

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    Beyond the Sea [DVD] [2004]
    Beyond the Sea [DVD] [2004]
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • Director and producer commentary
    • "Making of" featurette, interviews with cast and crew
    • 16:9 widescreen version
    • 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
    • Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Beyond the Sea
    Kevin Spacey serves as both director and star for this biopic based on the life and career of legendary entertainer Bobby Darin, which moves back and forth between his childhood and adult selves to tell the tale of his remarkable life. Born Bobby Cassotto and raised in the Bronx, young Bobby (played as a child by William Ullrich) was raised by his mother, Polly (Brenda Blethyn), his brother-in-law, Charlie (Bob Hoskins), and his sister, Nina (Caroline Aaron). At the age of 15, Bobby contracted a severe case of rheumatic fever, which was expected to take his life; while it left him with a weak heart, Bobby beat the odds and survived. Buoyed by a love of music passed along by his mother, Bobby learned to play several instruments and began singing as he recovered. Displaying a confidence and drive which stopped just short of arrogance, he adopted the stage name Bobby Darin and set his sights on becoming a star. After a string of hits as a rock & roll singer, Darin (played as an adult by Kevin Spacey) takes another gamble, and with the help of manager Steve Blauner (John Goodman) he reinvents himself as a supper-club vocalist in the manner of Frank Sinatra. All the more remarkably, he succeeds, and his swinging version of "Mack the Knife" tops the charts. Now a major singing star, Darin decides to take up acting; on the set of his first movie, he woos his female co-star Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth), and despite the stern objections of her mother (Greta Scacchi), Bobby and Sandra wed. But after a string of successful movies for Dee and hit records and an Oscar nomination for Darin, the shifting tastes of the 1960s throw their careers off-track. Bobby cautiously embraces the new sounds of the day, but his old fans don't want to hear him cover Bob Dylan or the Rolling Stones, while the younger audience isn't interested in his new sound, leaving Darin in a difficult place to make his way back to stardom. Kevin Spacey did his own singing for Beyond the Sea, recreating Bobby Darin's vocal style with uncanny accuracy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kevin Spacey
      Kevin Spacey - Bobby Darin
    • Kate Bosworth
      Kate Bosworth - Sandra Dee
    • John Goodman
      John Goodman - Steve Blauner
    • Bob Hoskins
      Bob Hoskins - Charlie Cassotto Maffia
    • Brenda Blethyn
      Brenda Blethyn - Polly Cassotto



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

    88%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Poorly written and directed

      Posted
      shankmaster
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      This movie is one of those that skips back and forth throughout the lead characters life and it takes you a few minutes to realize the person onscreen is suppose to be the lead character. It skips back and forth from a younger time to an older time, very confusing. But the music is great and was performed entirely by the very talented Kevin Spacey. Overall an average movie due to the poor writing and direction.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A big Bobby Darin fan.

      Posted
      silverside1
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      Kevin Spacey trys hard, but he's a little old to play Bobby, who died at the age of 33. The Sandra Dee character (Kate Bosworth) is no Sandra Dee. I loved the music, but that's really what I bought the DVD for.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie for Bobby D fans!!

      Posted
      mihita
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      I just love Bobby D and this movie was delightful. Actor playing Mr. Darrin is a natural-even did his own singing! His life story was bitter-sweet; the movie captured this as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Flick

      Posted
      whitejumper
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      Good Quality / Good Price / Review Helpfull - Very Good Musical - 5 Stars - Really Enjoyed This Flick - Definite Top Notch Musical !

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bobby Darin

      Posted
      rawone1
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      This is an interesting take on his life. Kevin Spacey is surprisingly good in this film and is a very good vocalist. Really good movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing movie

      Posted
      Njb419
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      It's a phenomenal movie about of of the greatest artists of all time. Kevin Spacey not only acts the part, but sings it amazingly well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful!

      Posted
      SharkMovieLover

      I always knew Kevin Spacy was talented, but his performance in this movie is incredible. Just spectacular. A wonderful, sad, awesome movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of my all time favorites!

      Posted
      Terry
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      I love Bobby Darin and Kevin Spacey is impressive in this role. The movie is a great feel good movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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