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August Rush (2007)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  21 November 2007 (USA)
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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.



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Thomas Novacek
Reverend James


This is a story of a music prodigy. Lyla is a renowned and beautiful cellist and Louis is a guitar player and vocalist at a club. Lyla and Louis fall in love once they meet each other following the music. Since they have different lives, they have to separate without seeing each other again. However, Lyla has had their baby - Evan, a prodigy born to music. Lyla has an accident and bears the baby but Lyla's father gives the baby to an orphanage without telling her, for fear of affecting her career. After that, both Louis and Lyla give up their music careers. Eleven years later, poor little Evan believes that his parents are waiting for him and goes to New York to find them. In New York, his musical gift leads him to success but also gives him some trouble. A monger uses Evan to make money and prevents him from achieving success. He escapes and runs into a church and people there are surprised by his gift and send him to the best music school, Juilliard. There he receives an education ... Written by Dennis

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An incredible journey moving at the speed of sound


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El triunfo de un sueño  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,421,369 (USA) (22 November 2007)


$31,655,091 (USA) (22 February 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


August plays a Gibson J200, also used by Elvis Presley throughout his career. During their encounter in the park, he and Jonathan Rhys Meyers' character switch guitars. Rhys Meyers played Elvis in Elvis (2005) two years before this movie was released. See more »


When Louis was in New York before August was born. A Verizon Wireless advertisement is shown on one of the buildings. August was born in 1995 while Verizon Wireless was founded in 2000. See more »


Wizard: You got to love music more than you love food. More than life. More than yourself.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


Dueling Guitars
Written by Heitor Pereira
Produced by Mark Mancina
Performed by Heitor Pereira and Doug Smith
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User Reviews

This modern Oliver-style plot has some of the best music around! The "artsy" approach is often mesmerizing, and will hold your interest from beginning to end.
18 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I totally enjoyed this movie. The scenes have an appealing fantasy element, while at the same time, the plot manages to explore true-to-life human situations such as bullying of those who are different.

The music is incredible, and mostly consists of original scores. It includes gospel, rock and classical, seamlessly integrated in a new way that works extremely well.

The plot is somewhat predictable and possibly a little "sappy", but those elements are easily overcome by the moment-to-moment execution of the story. Think of a modernized "Oliver" with Robin Williams as Fagin to a group of homeless, musically talented kids...plus extra elements of romance and intrigue, and you will have a bit of an idea about this movie.

The three main characters are all physically "beautiful" people who manage to convey the story with a minimum of dialog. Additional characters, including Terrence Howard as the social worker, Jamia Simone Nash as the young girl in the church choir, and Leon G. Thomas as the young boy who befriends the musical prodigy, contribute strong performances and pizazz.

Someone sitting near me stated it is impossible for even a prodigy to learn music so quickly and at such a young age... However, this is not true. Check out Jay Greenberg, a young music student currently studying at Julliard. In the end, this movie is at least an endorsement and celebration of the significance of music in our lives and at most a transcendent, fun experience to watch.

I rarely like to see any movie more than once, but definitely want to see this again. Take the family…this is for children, teens and adults. Don't miss it is my recommendation!

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