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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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Wenn die Realität sich gegen Dich verschworen hat, ist nichts mehr sicher... (If reality has ganged up on you, nothing is safe anymore...) 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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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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Nash's mutterings after he loses the board game (along the lines of "the game is flawed," "I had the first move, I should have won") are in reference to "Game Theory" - the economic theory that John Nash is probably most famous for. See more »


In a later scene, when Nash's former rival and now President of Princeton are walking and said President offers Nash a job in the Spring, we see that Nash has aged quite a bit but the friend has not, with regard to earlier scenes. 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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Superb Acting and a Gem of a Film
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ed Harris, Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Paul Bettany were terrific.

The film had great balance and is worth a viewing.

The story boldly addresses mental illness as a handicap.

Because of the quality of the acting and directing, this movie is a beacon of hope for people of all disabilities. The film illustrates to the viewer how deeply a handicap can infiltrate the domestic, professional, and personal lives of those unfortunate to have these types of issues. I hope Ron Howard and the acting crew can get together again for something similar. This was a great film, that also serves an important role for awareness to people that might not understand how deeply debilitating these issues can be, and also gets the message across that not all should be marginalized.

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