• Beyond the Sea (2004)

Beyond the Sea

Release Date: December 17th, 2004

DVD Release Date: June 7th, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

As a boy, Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey) nearly died from rheumatic fever. While it left him with a weakened heart, it didn't weaken his desire to become the most popular singer in the country. Knowing that he's living on borrowed time, Bobby works nonstop to conquer the pop and jazz worlds with hits like "Splish Splash" and "Mack the Knife." But as the '60s come into full swing, Bobby sees his style of singing fall out of favor, and his marriage to actress Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth) suffer.

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scacchi, Caroline Aaron, Peter Cincotti

Director: Kevin Spacey

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Visionview, Trigger Street Productions

Keywords: New York City, Touching, Fall, Rise, 1930s, 1970s, Fascinating, 1940s, Love, 1960s, 1950s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The film never gives you a real sense of what drove Darin on, fighting a heart ailment (from childhood rheumatic fever) and fighting an industry and press that wanted to pigeonhole him. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Doing his own singing (an uncanny imitation), Spacey is a marvel. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Kevin Spacey, both as star and director, has created a hugely entertaining, highly empathetic portrait of a man for whom music was literally the thing that kept him alive. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy