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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.

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Kaz
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Macy Jean
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Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
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Captain Nicol
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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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Felicia
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Herself
Malieek Straughter ...
Billboard Awards Stage Manager
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Open your heart. Find your voice.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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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)  »

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Blackbird  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$14,612,840 (USA) (23 January 2015)
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The song "Grateful" generated a minor fuss among the crew. The movie received an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song, and the sole recipient of the nominee was songwriter Diane Warren. However, the performer of the song, Rita Ora has falsely claimed that she was nominated as well, including a stint on The Graham Norton Show (2007) where she took credit for the nomination, unaware of the fact that she is not nominated. Furthermore, Warren and Ora had a minor feud over the song, because Warren felt Ora had not promoted the song enough. 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 »

Quotes

Noni: I feel like I'm suffocating in the middle of the street and no one can see me dying.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

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I Am Light
Performed by India Arie
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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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