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Running Time:
1 hour, 58 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some strong language and a scene of sensuality.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An exuberant, ambitious biopic that's entertaining and has some great musical numbers. Kevin Spacey is superb as Bobby Darin.

Additional Info:
DVD 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



Beyond the Sea
The story of legendary pop singer and movie star Bobby Darin which was a labor of love for Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey. In addition to playing Darin (and doing his own singing), Spacey also directed, produced, and co-wrote the screenplay. Darin, after attaining pop stardom with such hits as "Splish Splash" and "Mack the Knife," married teen queen Sandra Dee, enjoyed middling success in movies, then saw his star decline. After mounting a none-too-successful comeback, he died quite young (age 37) during open-heart surgery. Darin's heart had been damaged by rheumatic fever when he was a young boy, and doctors did not expect him to live past the age of 15. Yet he was so driven to succeed that his story becomes one of astonishing will more than a sum of career landmarks. And thatís the quality Spacey crystallizes, playing Darin as a committed performer racing against time to leave his mark on American pop culture. He's absolutely terrific in the role, not only replicating Darin's style and sound but also capturing the feverish intensity of a brilliant entertainer all too aware of his physical limitations and determined to transcend them. In key supporting roles are Kate Bosworth (as Dee), John Goodman (as Bobby's manager), Brenda Blethyn (as his mother), and Bob Hoskins (as his brother-in-law). But this is Spacey's film all the way, and he's positively riveting in one of his best screen performances ever.






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