For BOBBY DARIN (Kevin Spacey), performing was his life. It
kept his heart beating. He came alive onstage, even when he
was near collapse offstage. In BEYOND THE SEA, Bobby tells
his own story.
At age seven, Bobby gets rheumatic fever that damages his
heart forever. The doctor tells his mother POLLY (Brenda Blethyn)
he’ll be lucky to live to the age of fifteen. Polly
and Bobby’s older sister NINA (Caroline Aaron) take
care of him, along with Nina’s husband CHARLIE (Bob
Modern medicine and determination keep him alive, his heart’s
still ticking, and by 20, with the help of his best friend
turned manager Steve Blauner (John Goodman) and musical director
Dick Behrke (Peter Cincotti) he’s working his way up,
from tacky clubs to performing in Vegas, finally scoring a
hit with ‘Splish Splash’. But Bobby wants more.
As he tells Life Magazine, he wants to be a legend by 25.
MACK THE KNIFE makes him the star he’s dreamed of becoming
but for him this is only the beginning.
The hits keep coming and his life keeps evolving, including
an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in CAPTAIN
NEWMAN MD. Never satisfied with success, Bobby continues to
reinvent himself and moves from rock and roll into pop, gospel,
country & western and folk music. By the end of his brief
14-year career Bobby Darin he’s had more hits in more
genres of music than any recording artist except Elvis Presley
and Ray Charles.
When he kicks off his acting career, he meets movie star
SANDRA DEE (Kate Bosworth) while filming COME SEPTEMBER in
Italy. He falls for her, but has to jump through hoops to
get around MARY (Greta Scacchi), Sandy’s possessive
and overbearing mother. Despite her protests Bobby and Sandy
get married and seem like the perfect Hollywood fairytale
couple. But the conflict of her acting career and his touring
puts a strain on the relationship. His dogged pursuit of fame
and fortune isolates him from the very people who love him
and believe in him. His master plan for ‘Bobby Darin
the star’ doesn’t leave much room for ‘Bobby
Darin the man’.
Confused and directionless, Bobby leaves Sandy in the late
1960s and looks for new meaning in his life by becoming politically
active and leaving behind the Las Vegas glitz for anti-war
protest songs and hippie hairstyles. But the new ‘Bob
Darin’ doesn’t work for the fans. In the end,
with his childhood illness finally catching up with him, he
must look to his friends, family and extraordinary talent
to quell his demons and return to the stage to accept who
he is and what his life has meant. Bobby Darin remains one
of the great entertainers of all time with a rags to riches
story unknown. This film will introduce his remarkable abilities
to a new generation.
Lions Gate Films
Trigger Street Productions
November 24, 2004 (NY/LA)
December 10, 2004 (Expands)
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