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Still shot from the movie: Beyond the Sea.

Beyond the Sea

The life of Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey) serves more as inspiration than as the outline for the script, in this movie about the pop star best remembered for the songs Splish Splash, Mac the Knife and Beyond the Sea. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 118
Theater Release: 28 Dec 2004
Video Release: 04 Jun 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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A disclaimer is run during the closing credits of this film, acknowledging the movie is not a factual account of the singer’s life. One of the most obvious departures from reality is the lack of mention of Bobby and Sandra’s divorce, or Bobby’s later marriage to another woman (both a matter of record). Why do you think the scriptwriters choose to ignore these events? Is it possible to tell a good story about someone’s life without juggling truth?

To learn more about the real Bobby Darin, check out this website: http://www.history-of-rock.com/bobby_darin.htm.

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