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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Budget:

$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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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 »

Quotes

Noni: Kay, see we texted, we hit it and we texted about hitting it.
Kid Culprit: That's damn near married, girl.
[Noni chuckles]
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Fly Before You Fall
Performed by Cynthia Erivo
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Self-Image And Confidence Are More Important Than Lights And Fame
3 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw Beyond the Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, and Minnie Driver! "Noni" played by Raw grows-up with a dream to sing and when she finally gets to super-stardom, dealing with the pressures of fame, her Manager Mother "Macy Jean" played by Driver, and influences from the Rap Music Industry puts her over the edge until she meets her savior "Kaz" the cop played by Parker who puts her life back on track.

"Kaz" helps "Noni" retreat from her controlling manager mom, the paparazzi, and music industry to take some time to reflect upon where she came from until the very moment when her career took off. After a long struggle with her self-image, being told what to do and how to do it from her manager mother and record label, "Kaz" helps "Noni" gain the courage she needs to develop her own thoughts and voice which ultimately sets her free like a "Black Bird" to become the musical artist she was meant to be, instead of what others wanted her to be.

My cinema score is 8/10! This Romantic drama Film is a great date-night movie with so many important life messages regarding self-image, being happy, love & success, so take your boo to go see it! ‪#‎maverickradio‬™


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