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Beyond the Sea

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A look at the life and career of American singer-songwriter Bobby Darin, one of the most popular musicians of the late 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s.
Title: Beyond the sea
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features (17 min.): optional audio commentary by Spacey & producer Andy Patterson; "Bobby's world : the making of 'Beyond the sea'" (c2005, 17 min.).
Summary: A look at the life and career of American singer-songwriter Bobby Darin, one of the most popular musicians of the late 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some strong language, and a scene of sensuality.
Statement of Responsibility: Lions Gate Films presents ; an Archer Street, QI Quality International, Trigger Street production ; in association with Visionview ... [et al.] ; directed by Kevin Spacey ; written by Kevin Spacey and Lewis Colick ; produced by Arthur E. Friedman ... [et al.]
Credits: Director of photography, Eduardo Serra ; film editor, Trevor Waite ; choreographer, Rob Ashford ; music producer, Phil Ramone ; musical director, John Wilson ; music performed by Kevin Spacey and The John Wilson Orchestra.
Performers: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scacchi, Caroline Aaron, Peter Cincotti, Michael Byrne, Matt Rippy, Gary Whelan, William Ullrich.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 or Dolby surround 2.0.
Other Language: In English, with optional Spanish subtitles. Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Darin, Bobby Drama. Singers United States Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Fiction films.
Biographical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Singers
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 17231
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Sep 03, 2013
  • gosselil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you love Bobby Darin's songs, and Kevin Spacey, this is a great movie. It's not a straight bio of Bobby, but a take on his life. Kevin does all the singing and dancing as well. I really enjoyed it.

Jan 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Props to Kevin Spacey for the many hats he wore in this endeavor. Director, co-writer, producer, lead actor, singer, dancer... Too much, though. He bit off more than he could chew. He should've passed on directing, and stuck with his exemplary portrayal of Darin, period. Adult Bobby conversing with young Bobby, and the dance sequences, bursting out in song -- it just didn't work. There wasn't enough time devoted to the man and his life. Too much fluff. But I again commend Spacey for his crooning, and his resemblance. The role was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, and were that the case, I wouldn't be reviewing this movie. Not a fan. And I beg to differ -- Bobby Darin was, by no means, a "3rd rate pop singer". He had million-selling singles in musical categories as diverse as Jazz/Swing, Country & Western, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues. Darin was hailed as a brilliant performer from industry giants as diverse as Johnny Mercer, Perry Como and Henry Mancini on the one hand, and Neil Young, Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley on the other. Darin is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the American Songwriters and Composers (ASCAP) Hall of Fame. Add to all of this the fact that Darin, despite making less than a dozen films, was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor ("Captain Newman, M.D.") and was the recipient of the Golden Globe Best Actor Award ("Pressure Point"). He was nominated for four Grammies in 1959 and won two of them ("Best New Vocalist" and "Song of the Year" for "Mack the Knife"). He was nominated again in 1963 in the category of Best Rhythm and Blues vocalist ("What'd I Say"), and then was nominated still again in 1966 in the category for Best Male Ballad Singer ("If I Were A Carpenter"). And let's not forget that Darin was nominated and/or received these Grammies when the competition included Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett. "3rd rate"? I think not. Nice try.

Nov 08, 2011
  • heartofoak rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

What is it about Hollywood that they have to make a drama out of every bleeding sport or 3rd rate pop singer the US has ever produced? I give Spacey lots of credit - he was great as always - but what a snore of a story. I'd rather watch a US remake of some brilliant European film or perhaps Halloween 14 than another mediocre biographical blunder.

Jul 13, 2011
  • bstudent rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well told and enacted. I perticularly like the music and thought it was good entertainment.

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Jan 27, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Bobby Darin: "Memories are like moonbeams -- we do with them what we will."

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