Beyond the Sea

Synopsis: Consummate entertainer Bobby Darin (1936-1973) is making a movie about his life. He's volatile, driven by the love of performing, ambition, perfectionism, and belief that he's living on borrowed time. He begins in the Bronx: a fatherless lad learning music and dance from his mom. His career starts slowly, then "Splish Splash" puts him at the top of the charts and on "Bandstand." He wants to be an entertainer, not a pop star, so he aims for the Copacabana; then it's on to the movies, where he meets and marries Sandra Dee. After, it's balancing career, health, marriage and family life, balances he doesn't always keep. Throughout, conversations with his boyhood self give him perspective.
Director(s): Kevin Spacey
Production: Lions Gate Films
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Yeah, we're walkin. Yep.

- Nice to meet you, Mr Darin.

- Thank you very much.

Bobby, we've got an AP interview


- AP interview?

- It's only two minutes.

It's my night with my wife and kid,

for us to experience it.

It's only two minutes. That's all I'm


It's my one night I don't have to do that.

It's my anniversary celebration.

You missed them in Florida. We can't

avoid 'em.

Good luck, Bobby.

- Bobby, have a good evening.

- Thank you.

Hey, Charlie.

And now, ladies and gentlemen,

tonight, celebrating his 10th

anniversary in show business,

the Coconut Grove is proud to present

the one, the only Bobby Darin!

Thank you.

Three guesses.


- Two, three and one...

Darlin', then we'll swing.

Stop! Stop! Richie, stop! Stop!

Hold it!

OK, I want to start over. I want to do

it again.

- You're kidding me. That was perfect.

- I want to do it again.

- I can do it better.

- Know how long it takes to set this up?

I don't know how much more

my chops can take today, boss.

When you start playing it right,

we can all call it a day,

but when you play it sloppy

like you been doing,

then we're gonna do it again and again

until we get it right.

- Bobby, the guys are tired, that's all.

- How do you think I feel?

Call it.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I'm gonna let you leave in a minute...

Whoa! Please stay in your seats

until Mr Darin has left the set.

Thank you. Can we have the bell up,


Bobby, we can't keep doin' it

over and over and over.

If Bobby says he can get it better,

then he can get it better.

- What the hell's he snapping at everybody for?

- Just let him walk it off.

Mr Darin, do you want to start

from the very top?

Hey, Bobby, you know we've got

press on the set today,

can you give 'em a few minutes?

Ready to go in ten minutes.

And no-one is discarded.

- How you doin'?

- I don't know, Charlie.

Ah, you'll figure it out.

C'mon, let's go back upstairs.

Put those two pieces together.

I'll look at 'em after lunch.

Mr Darin? David said

I'd get a few minutes today.

- Do you mind if we do this now?

- He's busy.

Nobody's ever done something

quite like this, about their own life.

Sure, they have. It's a self-portrait

on film.

Think you can be objective about your

own life?

Listen, this guy was raised

to always tell the truth,

and that's what he's doing.

- I'm sorry, who are you?

- I'm his brother-in-law.

So you mess with him, you mess with


I'm not messing with anyone, sir.

But being honest,

isn't the real truth

he's too old to play this part?

He was born to play the part

and you damn well know it.

Get outta here!

- Thanks, Charlie.

- That'sjust crap!

How can you be too old to play yourself?

C'mon! Let's get started.

OK, everybody... I want to change the


- What?

- Why, Bobby?

We can't start with Mack,

we blow our wad too soon.

Opening with Mack is brave.

It says, "You want me? F*** you! Here

I am."

No. It's wrong.

- Let'sjust do Hello Young Lovers.

- Bobby, start when you got sick.

Nina, it's his story. Let him work it


No, no, no. I know what's important


Everything starts when he got sick.

- Uh-uh...

- Nina, please. Don't.

No, I think we should start when

they booed me off the stage.

Nobody's gonna come see

you get booed off the stage.

Stick with the hits. That's what


How do you know

what people will come to see, Boom-Boom?

- When did you become the big expert?

- You tell him, Bobby.

As long as I've known you,

as far as you're concerned, I am the expert.


- Who was that?

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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, producer and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s that culminated in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995) and an Academy Award for Best Actor for the midlife crisis-themed drama American Beauty (1999). His other starring roles have included the comedy-drama film Swimming with Sharks (1994), the psychological thriller Seven (1995), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the drama Pay It Forward (2000), the science fiction-mystery film K-PAX (2001), the musical biopic Beyond the Sea (2004), the superhero film Superman Returns (2006) and the action film Baby Driver (2017). In Broadway theatre, Spacey won a Tony Award in 1991 for his role in Lost in Yonkers. In 2017, he hosted the 71st Tony Awards. He was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 until stepping down in mid-2015. From 2013 to 2017, Spacey played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards. For his role as Underwood, he has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. In October 2017, Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14. Shortly after, numerous other men alleged that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them. As a result, Netflix cut all ties with him, shelved his film Gore and removed him from the cast of the last season of House of Cards. He was to appear in Ridley Scott's film All the Money in the World; however, all his scenes were cut from the film, and Christopher Plummer replaced him in reshoots. more…

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