Beyond the Sea (2004)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music


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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin and specifically his relationship with wife Sandra Dee.


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4 January 2005 | jhammar
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For those who cannot "suspend disbelief" in order to enjoy a musical, this movie, and my review, are not for you. For the rest of us, "Beyond the Sea" is a delight.

I read critics who said Kevin Spacey is too old to pull off a 20-something Bobby Darin. Wrong! Kevin Spacey's acting captures the essence of BD; after the first ten minutes of the movie it seemed that Kevin Spacey WAS Bobby Darin irrespective of age. I also read critics who said Spacey's dancing was stiff and awkward. Wrong! The production numbers were fabulous. His singing, acting, dancing were awesome, and it's a performance that should not be short-changed in this year's awards' season (although I fear it might be overlooked).

Kate Blodgett, too, did a great job of portraying Sandra Dee (but I wish they had kept her hairstyles more true to Sandra Dee of the 1960's).

My only disappointment is that so many important details about Bobby Darin's life were quickly glossed over or totally omitted. For example, there was no mention of his early years in the Pocono's; his unfulfilled romance with Connie Francis; his friendship with Dick Clark; his songwriting collaboration with Don Kirshner; and his subsequent marriage after divorcing Sandra Dee.

Nevertheless, I loved "Beyond the Sea" and plan to see it again this week. I'm afraid it won't still be in the theaters next week. It almost appears as though some of Hollywood and the newsprint critics have dissed it with almost a jealousy toward Kevin Spacey's Herculean efforts to bring this to the screen, not to mention his compelling performance.

I don't know if it will attract a younger viewing audience; but, if you're a Baby Boomer, this is a must-see.

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Trivia

During the song "Some of These Days", Kevin Spacey says "ah, do it, Sophie", as Bobby Darin did in the original recording. This is a reference to Sophie Tucker, the "Last of the Red Hot Mamas", who first recorded the song on February 24, 1911, and later re-recorded it in 1926.


Quotes

Steve Blauner: What are you talking about Bobby? Don't you realize you've been 'Performer of the Year' 1964, 1965, 1966, 67, and 68. You've won seven Grammy awards. You've got twelve gold records. You were picked 'Top Vegas Performer'!


Goofs

In the first scene when Bobby sings 'Mack the Knife' he tosses in an ad-lib by throwing a karate kick and shouting 'ah-so, Madame Myook.' This is based on an actual ad-lib which can be heard on a 10 November 1963 recording of 'Mack the Knife' at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. However, the real Bobby Darin says 'Madame NHU' and not 'Madame Myook.' Madame Nhu was considered the first lady of South Vietnam from 1955-1963. And, she was well known to the American public in the early 1960s because of her notorious political comments, staunch conservatism, and high sense of fashion.


Crazy Credits

"Andy Paterson and Kevin Spacey would like to thank the entire cast and crew from both the UK and Germany for their hard work and dedication. The film could not have been completed without their belief and effort. We are forever grateful to them for helping bring this film to the screen."


Soundtracks

Lazy River
(1931)
Music and Lyrics by
Hoagy Carmichael & Sidney Arodin
Published by Peermusic III, Ltd.
Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson Orchestra

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Biography | Drama | Music | Musical

Details

Release Date:

29 December 2004

Language

English, Italian


Country of Origin

UK, Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Orangerieschloss, Potsdam, Germany

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,264 19 December 2004

Gross USA:

$6,318,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,447,615

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