Consummate entertainer Bobby Darin (1936-1973) is making a movie about his life. He's volatile, driven by the love of performing, ambition, perfectionism, and belief that he's living on borrowed time. He begins in the Bronx: a fatherless lad learning music and dance from his mom. His career starts slowly, then "Splish Splash" puts him at the top of the charts and on "Bandstand." He wants to be an entertainer, not a pop star, so he aims for the Copacabana; then it's on to the movies, where he meets and marries Sandra Dee. After, it's balancing career, health, marriage and family life, balances he doesn't always keep. Throughout, conversations with his boyhood self give him perspective. Written by
The project took 17 years to be realized during which time six A-List writers and 20 producers were involved at one point or another. See more »
The song "Once Upon a Time" was published in 1962. In the movie, you can hear Bobby sing it on his wedding night to Sandra Dee in 1960. See more »
Bobby, why do you sing the same songs every night? Isn't it boring?
Well, honey, it's an act. What do you expect me to do, sing different songs every night?
Why not? I don't the same movies every time.
Well, actually, you do. Sweet little innocent Sandy.
Uh, excuse me. Excuse me, but I think I know what people want in the movies nowadays, okay? You may be the expert in music, but I... *I* have had years of movie experience.
Not bad, San. Would have been even better if you'd said it without the ...
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During the end credits we see Kevin Spacey performing another song. In the background there are lines moving to the music. See more »
This has been called "a labor of love" by the man responsible for this movie: Kevin Spacey. He was driving force behind this biography being put on screen, even to the point of starring in the title role. This is the most amazing aspect of them all: Spacey's imitation of singer Bobby Darin. It's unbelievable! He sounds remarkably close to how Darin sounded. He did his idol proud, that's for sure.
Those who complain that he was told old to play the part are nitpicking. I am not a personal fan of Spacey. Off-screen, I think he's a jerk. However, the criticism of him here is simply unfair. The man did an incredible job imitating Darin - period. Who could have done better?
Kate Bosworth is also very good as "Sandra Dee," the actress who married Darin. She comes across as a very positive and nice person, a lot more than Darin whose problems are shown as well as his good points. He is not always a good guy.
The language is a little rougher than I'd like to see this in this music-biography. The bits with the kid were annoying, not profound as they were obviously trying to be. In fact, the film would have ended perfectly without that last 4-5 minute scene with the child.
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