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Music Within (2007)

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The true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing -impaired and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard's Dad
Richard's Mom
Janssen Van De Yacht ...
Paul Michael ...
TyZhaun Lewis ...
Arlene Ancheta ...
Chinese Restaurant Owner


The True Story Of Richard Pimentel, A Brilliant Public Speaker With A Troubled Past, Who Returns From Vietnam Severely Hearing-Impaired And Finds A New Purpose In His Landmark Efforts On The Behalf Of Americans With Disabilities... Written by Steven Sawalich

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La voz del interior  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$52,744 (USA) (26 October 2007)


$153,205 (USA) (30 November 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While in Vietnam, the main character and others are seen wearing the subdued 101st Airborne division patch, which had not yet been designed and was not allowed for wear until nearly 20 years after the film takes place. Interestingly, the correct full-color patch is more readily available today. See more »


[Richard has given Art his manual to read and is nervously hovering in the next room]
Richard: What page are you on now?
Art: I'm on page shut the fuck up.
[after a minute, Richard tries to quietly open the door]
Art: I've got CP, I'm not deaf!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


In Your Eyes
Written by Jon Aldrich
Performed by Jon Aldrich
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A Gem of a Film - One of the year's Best
26 March 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

When you have been watching movies for over 30 years and you come across a gem like Music Within, it keeps you coming back for more. This true story (The subject of the film Richard Pimentel verified the historical accuracy at the Dallas Film Festival screening) is both heartfelt, informative and laced sensitively with humor and insightful one liners. I had the privilege of seeing this at the Dallas Film Festival, though it does not apparently open for general release until September. After the screening, the Director, producer and both Ron Livingstone and Yul Vazquez were accompanied by Richard Pimentel himself for Q and A, which allowed some helpful insights not only into the making of the movie, but also the impact the movie is hopefully going to have on understanding those with disabilities and their assimilation into the workplace. The story itself unfolds chronologically and retells Richard's quest to find the 'music within' through a series of events including his own injury in Vietnam that caused a sever hearing disability and started Richard on the road to his eventual calling to aid others in finding work despite their disabilities. Eventually this even to a significant impact on the enacting of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As for the film itself, the acting of Ron Livingstone and Michael Sheen is particularly notable and I would be surprised if Sheen is not seen as a candidate for best supporting actor at the Academy awards next year. The other notable success is the outstanding screenplay. McKinney,Kennemer and Olsen may not yet be household names, but based on this showing, we will be seeing a lot more of their work in the future. Highly recommended - don't miss it when it comes to a cinema near you!

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