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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  4 January 2002 (USA)
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After a brilliant but asocial mathematician, John Nash, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.



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From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. Written by Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una mente brillante  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,501,096 (USA) (21 December 2001)


$170,708,996 (USA) (24 May 2002)

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Did You Know?


Tom Cruise was considered to play John Nash. See more »


Alfred Nobel's name is misspelled as "Noble" on the rostrum. See more »


[first lines]
Helinger: Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians... like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics, in technology or space, battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results. Publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy, freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future ...
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References 1984 (1956) See more »


All Love Can Be
Music by James Horner
Lyric by Will Jennings
Performed by Charlotte Church
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
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User Reviews

Le génie frise la folie / genius is close kin to madness
7 January 2002 | by (Charlottetown, Canada) – See all my reviews

A poorly tailored trailer does not begin to describe what is one man's journey from the heaven of clear thought to the hell of schizophrenia.

Russell Crowe does an excellent role as John Nash, a mathematician who revolutionizes Group Theory, only to have his mind crash into confused and split views of the world.

Jennifer Connelly is superb as his wife. It is through her that we begin to understand the range of problems and pittfalls Nash is facing, most of his own devising. She deserves an Oscar, period.

The director has arranged beautiful 'red herrings' to kept viewers guessing and it works suprisingly well. Ron Howard's best work to date.

A beautiful movie to decribe a beautiful mind.

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