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Begin Again (2013)

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A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dan
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Saul
Karen Pittman ...
Business Woman
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Bartender
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Christian Father
Ed Renninger ...
Barman
Eric Burton ...
Singer Songwriter #2
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Marco Assante ...
Marco
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Jill
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Dave's Fangirl
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Storyline

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Written by The Weinstein Company

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A Song Can Change Your Life See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

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Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,170,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,464,861
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Trivia

Dan's last name is Mulligan. In golf, a mulligan is a free shot, or a second chance, for a golfer to replay his or her last swing. The surname choice may be a reference Dan's "second chance" at having a successful career. See more »

Goofs

When they are recording on the roof, the song comes to an end, with Violet playing the last notes, but Dan is still strumming on the bass guitar; there is no bass guitar playing at the moment. See more »

Quotes

Steve: The world's first Jag mobile recording studio is done!
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Soundtracks

Horny
Written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels
Performed by CeeLo Green (as Cee Lo Green)
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User Reviews

 
A refreshing film ...without explosions?
7 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I knew virtually nothing about this film - hadn't even seen the trailer

  • when I drug my wife to see it last night, and we were both very
pleasantly surprised. The characters are drawn in such a way that they are both like-able and relatable. In the end, the film builds emotion with the audience not by means of incredible stretches of the imagination, but through a gradually reinforced empathy. I have seen all the summer blockbusters, and the single largest failure in most of them is that they create shallow characters that the audience does not care about.

The dynamics used in this movie cause an engagement in the audience that is necessary in ANY film for it to be great. This one is not to be missed in the CGI-filled summer.


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