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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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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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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$134,064 (USA) (29 June 2014)

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$16,170,632 (USA)
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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 Dan is talking to Gretta on the night they meet there is a girl walking up the subway steps. When the scene cuts to a different view the girl disappears. See more »

Quotes

Dan: I'm a producer because I don't play bass, baby.
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Connections

References The Mob Doctor (2012) See more »

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My Lights Burning Glow
Written & Performed by Eric Burton
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A refreshing film ...without explosions?
7 July 2014 | by (United States) – 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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