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Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 August 2019 (USA)
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In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

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Gurinder Chadha

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Sarfraz Manzoor (screenplay), Gurinder Chadha (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Barratt ... Matt (10)
Ronak Singh Chadha Berges Ronak Singh Chadha Berges ... Javed (10) (as Ronak Chadha Berges)
Viveik Kalra ... Javed
Lee Barnett Lee Barnett ... Foreman
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Matt
Kit Reeve ... Emma
David Hayman ... Mr Evans
Kulvinder Ghir ... Malik (Father)
Nikita Mehta ... Shazia (Sister)
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Meera Ganatra ... Noor (Mother)
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Kathy
Tara Divina ... Yasmeen (Cousin)
Jeff Mirza ... Mr Shah
Frankie Fox ... Colin Hand
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Storyline

In 1987 Britain, Javed Khan is a British-Pakistani college arts student in Luton in a family with a domineering father. Depressed by his oppressive family life and feeling he has no future in a hostile community, a newfound friend introduces Javed to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Touched by the rock star's powerfully eloquent affinity of his own feelings, Javed is inspired to reach out for his own dreams with his own talents. However, although Javed finds friends he never expected in this personal quest, he also finds himself butting heads with his newly unemployed father who stubbornly refuses to understand his son's new aspirations. In this conflict of values in a troubled time, Javed must decide what is truly important to him while his family struggles to understand what has changed and what remains with a new generation feeling born to run. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For Everyone Who Has Ever Wanted to Dream. You're Not Alone.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs. | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blinded by the Light See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,333,305, 18 August 2019

Gross USA:

$11,901,145

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,019,198
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Movie title comes from Springsteen's song "Blinded by the Light", which was made famous by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. See more »

Goofs

Although the cars depicted on the street scenes and the estate parking lot where Jaaved's home is are correct for the era the film was supposed to have taken place in, they are all in pristine condition, which is unbelievable given that the salting of roads in Britain led to early rust out of cars only a few years old. This is most obvious by Javed's father's car - a thirteen year old Vauxhall Viva with not a spot of tin worm on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Javed: September, 1980. My best friend Matt and I have the same birthday. He got a brand new chopper bike. It's really fast and looks so cool. I got a Rubik's cube. But Matt gave me this diary that he didn't want. And I'm going to write in it every day.
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Connections

Featured in Granada Reports: 8 August 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think We're Alone Now
Words and Music by Ritchie Cordell
Performed by Tiffany
Published by EMI Longitude Music
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Limited
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Blinded by the Light (2019)
17 August 2019 | by rockman182See all my reviews

I absolutely love the music of Bruce Springsteen. When I got into his music a few years back, I instantly became enamored with his albums namely Darkness on the Edge of Town. When I saw the trailer for this, I was instantly hyped. This looked a bit like Danny Boyle's Yesterday. A film about a talented brown guy who uses a classic rock act to better his life and land a beautiful girl. I was always going to like this but I felt an identification with the character and the music as an inspiration and the idea of chasing what you believe in.

The film is about a young Pakistani high school kid who has to deal with racism and the pressures of his traditional family, in 1980's Luton, England. A friend of his introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, and he quickly becomes influenced in all facets by the music of the Boss. Relating to the words of Springsteen, he uses this as fuel to get the girl he likes, chase his dreams of becoming a writer, and butting heads with his family namely his strict and overbearing traditional father.

Great acting all around, with a very impressive debut by Viveik Kalra. Nell Williams is beyond gorgeous. The music and use of songs in this music is fantastic. Couldn't help but sing along. Its true what they say, Bruce made songs that related to the working class and the struggles that people faced at work and in life. With all its profound lyrics as a backdrop, the film manages to touch on important issues of xenophobia (which are still present today) and the struggles that can come with familial expectations not lining up with ones own goals.

As a brown male myself who works on developing his skills and chasing a better life, I identified with a lot of this film. Heck, I even travel to Luton and Bury Park every year on vacation. So, I really felt this film. I'm all for breaking out and chasing happiness and bettering yourself in life. Therefore, I found this to be a real and identifiable film. I think if you like the work of Springsteen and the influence he has as an artist, then this will resonate very well for you. I recommend a watch for everyone though.

8/10


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