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From the age of seven, Walden Robert Cassotto - knows the odds are stacked against him. Rheumatic fever has permanently damaged his heart, and he's not expected to make it to age fifteen. Bobby's family - pour all their energies into caring for him. Bobby's frail heart may be one truth, but Polly, a former singer, introduces her boy to another wonderful truth: music. Music becomes Bobby's bargaining chip against time.
Drama - This is a biographical drama on the life of late singer Bobby
Darin. There is, of course, a lot of singing and music, but unlike
something like Ray, there are a few full blown, burst-into-
song production numbers with elaborate choreography. This is
definitely a feast for fans of director-star Kevin Spacey, who shows
off his singing and dancing talents.
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We collected 143 moviegoer opinions. Adult males and females are the only age groups with enough opinions to be accurate and THEY LOVED "BEYOND THE SEA." When ninety percent plus rate a movie "Very Good" or higher and a large percentage of those opinions are "Excellent," with virtually no low opinions, that's A MOVIE I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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 us his own story, in his last great performance.
With a heart damaged by rheumatic fever, Walden Robert Cassotto - Little BOBBY (William Ullrich) - isn't supposed to live to see age 15. But when his mother POLLY (Brenda Blethyn) shows him the happiness that comes with music, Bobby finds the inspiration he needs to stay alive. Making music opens a world beyond sickness, where prodigious talent, drive and imagination can overcome a faulty heart. With the help and support of his devoted family - Polly, his older sister NINA (Caroline Aaron) and Nina's husband CHARLIE (Bob Hoskins) - Bobby will become a star.
And so he does. Working with his best friend and manager, STEVE BLAUNER (John Goodman), Bobby charts his own stubbornly eclectic musical path, writing original songs and performing in a range of genres. Turning his sights beyond music, Bobby launches a movie career and marries America's favorite young star, SANDRA DEE (Kate Bosworth). But Bobby's relentless professional ambition has begun to poison his private life, and the late 1960s find him isolated, confused and directionless. In the end, with his childhood illness finally catching up with him, Bobby must look to his friends, family and extraordinary talent to quell his demons and accept who he is and what his life has meant.