Taglines: The Life, Love and Genius of Brian Wilson.
In the 1960s, young songwriter and recording savant Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) finds himself in the midst of extraordinary success after scoring numerous hit records with The Beach Boys. Following a panic attack, he resigns from concert touring and ventures into the studio intent on creating “the greatest album ever made”, Pet Sounds. Meanwhile, his grip on reality slowly loosens as he attempts to cope with the overwhelming voices in his head.
Later, in the 1980s, a middle-aged Wilson (John Cusack) is shown to be a broken, confused man under the pharmacological and legal thrall of therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). After meeting Wilson, Cadillac saleswoman Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks) is determined to save him from Landy’s manipulation.
Love & Mercy is an American biographical film directed by Bill Pohlad, about musician and songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. The film, deriving its title from the 1988 song by Wilson, is presented in a parallel narrative covering two specific time periods in Wilson’s life: the 1960s and the 1980s. Actors Paul Dano and John Cusack depict the young and middle-aged Wilson, respectively, with Elizabeth Banks as Wilson’s second wife Melinda Ledbetter, and Paul Giamatti as Wilson’s psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy. Love & Mercy was distributed in the United States by Roadside Attractions, beginning June 5, 2015.
Love & Mercy
Directed by: Bill Pohlad
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Dee Wallace, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going
Screenplay by: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner
Production Design by: Keith P. Cunningham
Cinematography by: Robert D. Yeoman
Film Editing by: Dino Jonsäter
Costume Design by: Danny Glicker
Set Decoration by: Maggie Martin
Music by: Atticus Ross
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content and language.
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: June 5, 2015