Beyond the Sea (2004)
Front Cover Actor
Kevin Spacey Bobby Darin
Kate Bosworth Sandra Dee
John Goodman Steve Blauner
Bob Hoskins Charlie Cassotto Maffia
Brenda Blethyn Polly Cassotto
Greta Scacchi Mary Duvan
Caroline Aaron Nina Cassotto Maffia
Peter Cincotti Dick Behrke
Michael Byrne Dr. Andretti
Matt Rippy David Gershenson
Tayfun Bademsoy
Marcus Brigstocke
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Kevin Spacey
Producer Jan Fantl; Arthur Friedman
Writer Kevin Spacey; Lewis Colick
Studio Lions Gate
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 1 hr 58 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The chameleon-like actor Kevin Spacey is best known for playing pyschopaths (in Seven and The Usual Suspects) and capturing a creepy mid-life crisis in American Beauty--but surprisingly, playing crooner Bobby Darin, Spacey does some snappy dancing and top-notch singing. Beyond the Sea puts Darin's life through a bit of a kaleidoscope: While singing Darin's most memorable hit, "Mack the Knife," Darin suddenly stops the show, revealing that he's not at a nightclub, but in the middle of a shooting a scene about his life as a nightclub performer. Why has he stopped? Because he's just seen himself as a young boy, peering from behind a curtain. Such self-conscious narrative twists recur throughout the movie, turning Darin's fight for fame and respect into a love story between his adult and childhood selves. Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!), a hugely popular movie star in her own right, was supposedly the love of Darin's life, but she never holds his attention as does his childhood self (played by newcomer William Ullrich). It's a striking metaphor for the narcissism that drives such success-hungry entertainers. But despite (or perhaps because of) the complexity of the telling, the events never grip your emotions; though Darin's life featured hits galore and a few soap opera twists, his story lacks the seductive charm of his nighclub show. Also featuring Bob Hoskins, John Goodman, Brenda Blethyn, and Greta Scacchi. --Bret Fetzer
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Index 1545
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/8/05
Purchase Price $19.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 031398172314
Release Date 6/7/05
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby