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Beyond the Lights (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 14 November 2014 (USA)
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Kaz
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Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
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Quentin
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April
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Jonas
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Liam King
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Jesse Soria
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J Stanley
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

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Open your heart. Find your voice.

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Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackbird  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,500,000 (USA) (14 November 2014)

Gross:

$14,618,727 (USA)
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After Sony dropped the movie, Gina Prince-Bythewood's husband encouraged her to shoot a short presentation with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, to prove that she could play Noni Jean. The five minute short was produced by Lena Waithe, with Bradford Young as the Cinematographer. See more »

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Captain Nicol refers to his son Kaz's dog as male (saying he's fed) however, Noni says to Kaz's dog "hey girl". See more »

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Noni: You know I always wondered when I'd do a shoot, and they'd tell me to hike up my shirt or take my shirt off, and I'd look to you to see if it was okay, and it was always okay.
Macy Jean: Would you look around you? It is okay.
Noni: No, it's not okay! It never was!
Macy Jean: Noni, the song doesn't make you, you make the song. It's a game, alright?
Noni: So what? You give me a new nose, a new body and some Indian chick's hair. New and improved, except I'm not a bloody product!
Macy Jean: We did what we had to do.
Noni: There was never any "we". ...
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

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Worthy
Performed by Jacob Banks
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brief review from world premiere at TIFF
6 September 2014 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was at the world premiere today at the Toronto International Film Festival and just wanted to say that I thought the movie was really excellent. Definitely on par with the director's other works. It very easily could have fallen into being a schmaltzy typical chick flick love story type of movie but it doesn't do that. It is a fairly predictable love story but the relationship between the 2 main characters is great and feels authentic and emotionally truthful. They had a pretty strong, palpable chemistry together. You could see a real attraction between the two on screen and only adds to the intensity. Minnie Driver was great as well as Noni's driving, determined mother and manager doing everything she could to make her daughter a star. Not really an Oscar movie but good solid directing and screenplay and really great acting performances particularly from Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and (the extremely handsome and delicious) Nate Parker.


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