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Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 August 2019 (USA)
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In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Viveik Kalra ... Javed
Kulvinder Ghir ... Malik
Meera Ganatra ... Noor
Aaron Phagura ... Roops
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Matt
Nikita Mehta ... Shazia
Nell Williams ... Eliza
Tara Divina ... Yasmeen
Rob Brydon ... Matt's Dad
Frankie Fox ... Colin Hand
Hayley Atwell ... Ms Clay
Sally Phillips ... Mrs. Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sofia Abbasi ... 1980's Local Resident
Asheq Akhtar ... Butcher
Vincent Andriano ... Billy
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In 1987, during the austere days of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Blinded by the Light See more »

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Trivia

The movies is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of the works of Bruce Springsteen. It is based on Manzoor's memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll. See more »

Goofs

Javed listens to Bruce Springsteen's version of "Because the Night," a song he co-wrote with Patti Smith who Smith recorded and popularized. The film is set in 1987-1988. But the studio version of the song we hear was not released commercially until a 2010 compilation. See more »

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Referenced in Granada Reports: 8 August 2019: Lunchtime Bulletin (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think We're Alone Now
Performed by Tiffany
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Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll ... in 1987
17 August 2019 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

This story is inspired by writer Sarfraz Manzoor's autobiography.

Without really giving anything away, t's basically a story about the struggles of young college writer in a small English town. In the midst of his family's downward financial spiral ... and race relation issues of the time, he finds unexpected inspiration in the music and words of Bruce Springsteen.

It's mostly charming and has a good, heart-felt message. I like Springsteen's music but felt that the movie over-used it with all the Bolllywood-ish singing and dancing.

That said, it's amazing this movie even got made. Springsteen has never given permission for his music to be used in movies ... but he read Manzoor's book (before he was even approached) and give his approval.

There are some really enjoyable moments ... and there are times when the movie seemed to drag a bit. All in all - I liked it!


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