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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Noni
Nate Parker ... Kaz
Minnie Driver ... Macy Jean
Machine Gun Kelly ... Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
Danny Glover ... Captain Nicol
Darryl Stephens ... Quentin
Elaine Tan ... April
Isaac Keys ... Jonas
Tyler Christopher ... Liam King
Benito Martinez ... Jesse Soria
Aisha Hinds ... J Stanley
India Jean-Jacques India Jean-Jacques ... Noni (age 10)
Deidrie Henry ... Felicia
Estelle ... Herself
Malieek Straughter ... Billboard Awards Stage Manager
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Storyline

Romance ignites between a troubled young singer on the cusp of stardom, and a handsome young cop with political ambitions in this drama about the power of walking your own path. Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a talented singer whose ethereal voice has taken the world of music by storm. A glimpse beneath the surface, however, reveals a girl who's cracking under the pressure to top the charts. When Noni tries to end it all, concerned cop Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) pulls her back from the ledge, and shows her that life is still worth living. Along the way, Noni and Kaz fall head over heels in love. Meanwhile, the powers that be conspire to keep them apart as well as focused on their respective careers. But without Kaz's love, Noni may never find her true voice..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Open your heart. Find your voice.

Genres:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackbird See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,200,284, 16 November 2014

Gross USA:

$14,618,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,618,727
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Danny Glover and Gugu Mbatha-Raw previously appeared on the television series Touch (2012). See more »

Goofs

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

Macy Jean: [to a young Noni after she has won a trophy for second prize] Chuck it. Go on, throw it away.
Noni: Why, mummy?
Macy Jean: Do you want to be a runner up, or do you want to be a winner?
[young Noni throws it away, and it breaks]
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Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Worthy
Written by Knox Brown and Jayd
Performed by Jacob Banks
Courtesy of Renowned Group/Full + Bless Recordings Limited
By arrangement with Pick and Mix Music
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Great lead performance
22 December 2014 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

My feelings on this are basically just like every other person who saw it. It does have some biting, realistic insight into just how cruel and harsh the entertainment industry is, but the romance and the narrative are quite predictable. I probably actually enjoyed it more than my rating, but it's just way too formulaic and it's a shame when it started off better and it could've just been something more. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is really the best thing about it, delivering her all and giving even her most cliché of scenes life and passion. She's very charismatic and has a very strong screen presence, I hope she gets more roles after this because she would certainly deserve it.


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