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Love & Mercy
- John Cusack

Overview - Bill Pohlad's LOVE & MERCY, a biopic of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter's life. One timeline follows Wilson (played as a younger man by Paul Dano) as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album PET SOUNDS, the single "Good Vibrations," and the eventually discarded album SMILE.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Bill Pohlad's LOVE & MERCY, a biopic of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter's life. One timeline follows Wilson (played as a younger man by Paul Dano) as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album PET SOUNDS, the single "Good Vibrations," and the eventually discarded album SMILE. During this period of intense work, Wilson's mental-health issues grow worse. The other section of the film features John Cusack as an older Wilson, as he attempts to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor (Paul Giamatti) who has become a totalitarian guru to him. Helping him in this endeavor is a car saleswoman named Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). LOVE & MERCY screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Cast List

Jenny Brown - Makeup
Robert D. Yeoman - Director of photography
Robert Yeoman - Director of photography
William Pohlad - Producer, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (2006)
Bill Pohlad - Producer, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (2006)
Thomas Patrick Smith - First Assistant Director; Director
Michael A. Lerner - Screenwriter
Maggie Martin - Set Designer; Production Designer
Eugene Gearty
Chris Jenkins - Sound/Sound Designer; Re-Recording Mixer
Ann Ruark - Producer
Oren Moverman - Screenwriter
Jeff Dashnaw
Gerry Robert Byrne
Atticus Ross
Lauren Upshaw
Becky Cotton
Linda Flowers
Kenny Wormald - Actor (CENTER STAGE: TURN IT UP)
Robert E. Kay - Second Assistant Director
Josh Berger - Re-Recording Mixer
Karen Zanki
Ian Gaffney-Rosenfeld
John Cusack - American actor, SAY ANYTHING/GROSSE POINTE BLANK
Paul Giamatti
Joanna Going - Actress/"Wyatt Earp"
Elizabeth Banks - Actress, ROLE MODELS, W. (2008)
Diana-Maria Riva - star
Johnny Sneed
Bill Camp
Mark Linett
Paul Dano - American actor, THE EMPEROR'S CLUB (2002)
Erik Eidem
Tyson Ritter
Brett Davern
Jake Abel - Actor
Dylan Kenin
Fred Cross
Erin Darke
Max Schneider - Actor
Graham Rogers
Jeff Meacham
Nick Gehlfuss
Gary Griffin - Actor, ;
Teresa Cowles
Vince Meghrouni
Carolyn Stotesbery
Jeff Galfer
Morgan Phillips

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 120
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 031398224723
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Musicals
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Mental Illness
Rock Bands
Musicians
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Reviews:
"LOVE & MERCY draws its closest parallel to PET SOUNDS and SMILE, masterworks of composition and arrangement....Emotionally acute..." - 06/04/2015 A.V. Club


3 stars out of 4 -- "The result is a story that’s hair-raisingly watchable and frequently moving, regardless of what you believe you might already know of Wilson’s life." - 06/05/2015 RogerEbert.com


"In Bill Pohlad’s energizing, meticulously crafted, nearly pitch-perfect LOVE & MERCY, Paul Dano plays Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys as a young man at his creative height in the 1960s..." - 06/04/2015 Chicago Sun-Times


"The best, most involving sections of LOVE & MERCY take place in the 1960s and star Dano as a brilliant creator of pop music unlike any that had been heard before." - 06/04/2015 Los Angeles Times


"[A] smart, compassionate, refreshingly unconventional biopic directed by Bill Pohlad....It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind..." - 06/05/2015 New York Times


"LOVE & MERCY is a cine-song of sun-glazed innocence and bruised experience, surfing between excruciating suffering and extraordinary redemption. It makes you cry, but sort of in a good way." - 07/06/2015 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "This is the film Brian Wilson’s talent deserves: original, smart and affecting." - 07/03/2015 Empire


"Cast in Wilson’s image, LOVE & MERCY is a cine-song of sun-glazed innocence and bruised experience, surfing between excruciating suffering and extraordinary redemption." - 07/06/2015 Total Film


"Paul Dano and John Cusack bring the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson to life in Bill Pohlad's vibrant cure for the common musical biopic." - 09/08/2014 Variety

 
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