And the Beat Goes On - The Sonny and Cher Story
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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.
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!
I definitely think this movie is worth watching if you are a Sonny & Cher fan. Be warned though, for the most part Cher is portrayed as an ungrateful witch, who basically uses Sonny to get her career going and then coldly dumps him as she is exasperated with his failings and never satisfied with their level of stardom. I read Sonny's book on which this movie is based, and I have to say that even in the book Sonny did not portray Cher as badly as she comes across in the movie. I'm sure some of the negative portrayal is true to a degree, but there's no way I believe that Cher was as horrible as she seems here. If she was, these two could not have stayed together for as long as they did, nor would their natural chemistry and affection for each other have come across as strongly as it always did on television.
I believe that Sonny and Cher did truly love each other, and unfortunately the movie shows a minimal amount of that affection. It almost feels like you are getting bombarded with the worst aspects of their relationship, which seems like only half of the story. In fact, it is hard to believe (from this portrayal) why Sonny would even LIKE Cher, much less love her.Read more ›
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upon, the orig. 'Network' Television airing of this Tv. movie..
i really expected nothing.
due, to the movies' subject matter, & content. Read more
loved this. cried at times remembering the real sonny. but enjoyed the moviePublished 19 months ago by karen sawyer
Waited a long time for this in DVD. Great story even though it was not authorized by Cher. But Sonny's Ex-wife Mary BonoPublished 20 months ago by Pervana Corporation