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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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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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He Saw The World In A Way No One Could Have Imagined. See more »


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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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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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John Nash visited the set, and Russell Crowe said later that he had been fascinated by the way he moved his hands, and he had tried to do the same thing in the movie. See more »


On the "hot Day" when the air-conditioning isn't working, the open window reveals a tree bare of leaves, and Nash arrives at the office in a heavy overcoat. 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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Written by Hildegard von Bingen (as Hildegard of Bingen)
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Direction makes it beautiful
5 September 2002 | by (Midwest, US) – See all my reviews

"A Beautiful Mind" is an exceptional story, but it is only and exceptional film because of its director. Ron Howard does an amazing job of engaging his audience, introducing a brilliant main character, and making the audience experience the reality of mental illness. This could have been an unbelievable story to which very people could relate; however, the directorial mastery Howard exhibits throughout allows the audience to accompany Nash on his journey and awareness of his illness. Anyone who has been close to the frailties of the human mind will appreciate how respectfully and honestly this film approaches the subject. Howard is able to portray all the complex reactions to mental illness while maintaining the humanity and dignity of the patient. Superbly directed, wonderfully acted by Crowe and cast, this film succeeds on every level.

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