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And the Beat Goes On - The Sonny and Cher Story (1999)

Jay Underwood , Renee Faia , David Burton Morris  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jay Underwood, Renee Faia, Jim Pirri, Laura Johnson, Christian Leffler
  • Directors: David Burton Morris
  • Writers: Ellen Weston, Sonny Bono
  • Producers: Daniel Schneider, Ellen Weston, Larry A. Thompson, Mary Bono
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z35L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "And the Beat Goes On - The Sonny and Cher Story" on IMDb

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When a young man working for Phil Spector met an exotic beauty with a voice to match, a love affair was born-and so was one of the most notorious pairs in pop. The roller-coaster ride of Sonny & Cher made for a best-selling autobiography from the pen of Sonny Bono, adapted with flair in this biopic starring Jay Underwood and Renee Faia. 85 minutes.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun trip down memory lane for Sonny & Cher fans. September 3, 2004
By ardar88
Format:DVD
This TV movie about the career of Sonny & Cher was based on Sonny Bono's autobiography. As a fan I found it enjoyable and well cast, but it's obviously Sonny's side of their story. It would be interesting to hear how Cher remembers it.

Still, the two lead actors do a credible job and their resemblance to their subjects is excellent. The story has to condense over thirty-five years of the duo's ups and downs into less than two hours, so a lot of events are telescoped and by necessity the film is very superficial.

Don't expect depth, but it's lot of fun to watch and to hear their hit songs. It's definitely worth checking out if you're a Sonny & Cher fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good biopic! May 28, 2004
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The actress who portrays Cher is uncanny! All of Cher's mannerisms, vocal inflections and snarky attitude were marvelously captured. The actor who portrays Sonny did not fare as well, though. Perhaps it is the obviously fake nose, but even the voice seems more cartoonish than the real Sonny. The film follows their lives from when they first meet to superstardom to divorce to reconciliation on the Letterman show. Better than your average TV movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The actors look and sound very much like the REAL Sonny and Cher (especially the 60's version--although the actor portraying Sonny is probably a little better looking than the real Sonny Bono was). I was disturbed with the obvious prosthetic nose that the actor portraying Sonny was wearing though. Cher comes off as a total witch. Although at least one of Sonny's indiscretions was portrayed, Cher is the one who appears to drive him in this direction. Cher is incapable of happiness in this movie. She's somber, dark and unhappy throughout their relationship. I have trouble believing this when Cher herself has stated that their live's together were actually full of a lot of fun and laughs, despite some financial problems and 4 miscarriages. The early story of their initial meeting and Sonny's determination to make Cher a star is interesting, but overall this movie is very skewed to one point of view (which was a tad hurtful). I hope they come out with Cher's "Sonny and Me" show which was broadcast on television shortly after his death. I think this is a more accurate description of their relationship and Cher's obvious love and respect for the man comes through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, well done. May 14, 2009
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This movie is amazing. I've watched it hundreds of times, and I am still in love with it. It's a comfort movie, a movie that is relaxing, and not too emotionally draining. Sonny and Cher's story is very very interesting, and this movie does a fine job telling it. The acting is wonderful - and little miss Cher has the part down pat. The only complaint I have is that the actors in the movie don't do their own singing - instead we hear the real Sonny's voice coming out of the actor playing Sonny, and the same with Cher. That is a little klunky at times, but if you can ignore that, you will not be disappointed in this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this docu film of the twosome on vh1 when it was first air sometime after sonny bono's death. I still think it is a great story I really enjoyed it as much as the temptations story. I am glad to find this product purchase came on time and in excellent condition. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great job...........! November 23, 2008
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I really loved this movie. I thought the actors did a great job. The actress playing Cher really had her movements down pat and she REALLY looked like her! Enjoyed the music and just seeing how their "hits" came to be. Just wish it was longer!
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I've been a huge Cher fan all my life and I really love this movie a lot. It was made in the late 90s and is based on Sonny's 1991 memoir "And the Beat Goes On." The casting of Sonny and Cher was perfect, not only in looks, but in the sounds of their voices, and especially Renee Faia's portrayal of all of Cher's mannerisms! The movie shows how they met in the early 60s on a double date, how she moved in with Sonny on the condition that she'd cook and clean and even how she lied to her mother about living with a stewardess and trying to hide Sonny's clothes, their days working for Phil Spector as a gopher and a backup singer, the unsuccessful days of singing in bowling alleys and nightclubs, the failure of the Chastity movie, the success of their TV show in the 70s, and the implosion of their marriage, as well as their 1987 reunion on David Letterman.

The movie contains lots of facts that they've both confirmed over the years in interviews, but it does contain Sonny's version of the truth ONLY. Cher is portrayed as a spoiled ungrateful brat, while Sonny is painted as the hero and the "taken advantage of" partner. Otherwise, I think it was a great insight into the behind the scenes relationship they had, including affairs on both parts. I did feel that it spent more time focusing on the negativities and less on the great love they shared and respect they had for each other years after the split (although they both said negative things about each other in the years following the split). I'm giving it 4 stars only because of this. But this is a great movie for any Sonny and/or Cher fan and I've watched it many times and love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD WAS GREAT December 8, 2012
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THE DVD WAS GREAT FOR THE PRICE..THE MOVIE ITSELF WAS GOOD BUT COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER..BUT A MADE FOR TV MOVIE USUALLY IS NOT AS GOOD BUT DOES GIVE YOU A LOT OF INSIGHT INTO HOW THE MET AND STARTED OUT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie! Tear jerker!
Published 1 month ago by Sunswhisper
4.0 out of 5 stars good story telling.
Sonny and Cher were a good couple duo. if it wasn't for bono, there would be no cher now. if you like biography movie and you like sonny and cher, buy this.
Published 13 months ago by Jordan Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
The story was good, but I thought the real Sonny and Cher were the actors in the story. I was a little disapointed, that's all.
Published 21 months ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyabl emovie
I thought this was a great bio movie. Sonny and Cher showed what can happen when you try hard enough. They kept at it and attained the fame that they have today.
Published on August 29, 2011 by Arch
4.0 out of 5 stars The beat is still going on
I really liked this video. I thought they did a great job of tell the story of Sonny & Cher and the music was great too!
Published on July 11, 2011 by still in the 60's
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Performances
As television movies go, this one is fairly entertaining. Based on Sonny's 1991 memoir "The Beat Goes On" it tells the story of Sonny and Cher from their initial meeting through... Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This DVD is a great addition to any collection; however, it is clearly Sonny's half of the story how he remembered it in his book. Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by Jennifer De La Rosa
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Casting for "And the Beat Goes On- The Sonny and Cher Story"
My husband and I were huge fans of the old Sonny and Cher show and really enjoyed this biographical depiction of their lives. Read more
Published on July 7, 2007 by B. Giles
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