Beyond the Sea is a 2004 American biographical film based on the life of singer/actor Bobby Darin. Starring in the lead role and using his own singing voice for the musical numbers, Kevin Spacey co-wrote, directed, and co-produced the film, which takes its title from Darin’s hit version of the song of the same name.
Beyond the Sea depicts Darin’s rise to success in both the music and film industry during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as his marriage to Sandra Dee, portrayed by Kate Bosworth.
As early as 1986, Barry Levinson intended to direct a film based on the life of Darin, and he began pre-production on the project in early 1997. When he eventually vacated the director’s position, Spacey, along with Darin’s son Dodd, acquired the film rights.
Beyond the Sea was released in December 2004 to mixed reviews from critics and bombed at the box office. Dodd Darin, Sandra Dee and former Darin manager Steve Blauner responded with enthusiastic feedback to Spacey’s work on the film. Despite a number of negative reviews, some critics praised Spacey’s performance, largely due to his decision to use his own singing voice. He received a Golden Globe nomination.
The soundtrack album features eighteen tracks performed by Kevin Spacey.
Spacey is faultless here singing the songs as if he were born to them. A monumental achievement and testament to his diversity as a performer. Indeed so good is his rendition of Darin I am in no doubt that he could perform the role on Broadway or tour with the material with ease lighting up the spots left empty by Bobby Darin so long ago. All the tracks sound just as they should, standouts being of course Mack The Knife, As Long As I’m Singing, the titular track and Dreamlover to name but a few.
1. “Hello Young Lovers” (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II) – 1:51
2. “Once Upon A Time” (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams) – 3:05
3. “Fabulous Places” (Leslie Bricusse) – 2:51
4. “Simple Song Of Freedom” (Bobby Darin) – 4:09
5. “Mack The Knife” (Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein) – 3:04
6. “Beyond The Sea” (Charles Trenet, Jack Lawrence) – 3:32
7. “By Myself/When Your Lover Has Gone” (Einar A. Swan, Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz) – 3:24
8. “Some Of These Days” (Shelton Brooks) – 2:36
9. “Change” (Bobby Darin) – 2:20
10. “If I Were A Carpenter” (Tim Hardin) – 3:18
11. “Artificial Flowers” (Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick) – 3:13
12. “That’s All” (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) – 2:04
13. “Dream Lover” (Bobby Darin) – 2:46
14. “Splish Splash” (Bobby Darin, Jean Murray) – 1:50
15. “Lazy River” (Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin) – 4:11 Performer – Brenda Blethyn, William Ullrich
16. “Charade” (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) – 1:46
17. “As Long As I’m Singing” (Bobby Darin) – 3:19 Performer – William Ullrich
18. “The Curtain Falls” (Sol Weinstein) – 3:41
- Art Direction, Design – Bryan Lasley
- Conductor, Arranged By – John Wilson
- Executive Producer – Kevin Spacey
- Mastered By – George Marino
- Performer – Kevin Spacey, The John Wilson Orchestra
- Photography By [Abbey Road Session Photography] – Jeremy Whelehan
- Photography By [Unit Photography Stills] – Jay Maidment
- Producer – Phil Ramone
Release Date: November 23, 2004
Genre: Stage & Screen, Original Score, Soundtrack
Label – Rhino Entertainment Company