Beyond the Sea

Beyond the Sea

Kevin Spacey
 Cast: Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
, Kate Bosworth
Kate Bosworth
, John Goodman
John Goodman
, Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
UPC: 0031398172314
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 10,017

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Gary Whelan Jules Podell
William Ullrich Little Bobby

Technical Credits
Kevin Spacey Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Rob Ashford Choreography
Philip Barry Co-producer
Peter Block Executive Producer
Dana Brunetti Co-producer
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Anna Campeau Associate Producer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Lewis Colick Screenwriter
Jason Constantine Executive Producer
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Jan Fantl Producer
Nick Foley Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur E. Friedman Producer
Christian Frohn Associate Producer
Doug Hansen Executive Producer
Joanne Horowitz Executive Producer
Damon Horowitz Executive Producer
Risa Kes Casting
Peter King Makeup
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Henning Molfenter Executive Producer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Paterson Producer
Thierry Potok Executive Producer
Jim Reeve Executive Producer
Steve Robbins Executive Producer
Mary Selway Casting
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Christopher Slaski Score Composer
Mark Tracey Co-producer
Trevor Waite Editor
Fiona Weir Casting
Jeremy Whelehan Associate Producer
John Wilson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/How to Begin [10:06]
2. A Whole New World [6:17]
3. Changing His Image [6:38]
4. What Happened Next [6:11]
5. Romancing Sandra Dee [14:48]
6. "Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Darin" [7:33]
7. Playing the Copacabana [8:42]
8. Reality [7:28]
9. Truth and Lies [6:12]
10. Finding Himself [10:42]
11. Back [10:18]
12. The Curtain Falls [7:06]
13. "As Long as We're Singing" [3:47]
14. End Credits [4:30]

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