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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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?


Liv Tyler and Claire Danes were each considered for the role of "Lyla Novacek" before Keri Russell was cast. 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 »


Lyla Novacek: I'm trying to find my son.
Woman at Desk: Name?
Lyla Novacek: [in tears] I don't know.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


My Country 'Tis of Thee
Produced and Arranged by Ali Dee
Performed by Leon Thomas III (as Leon Thomas III)
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User Reviews

Wonderful movie
18 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never comment on movies here, usually I just use this website to get an idea of what I am about to watch but I saw this movie last night and loved it.

This movie is a fairytale set in real life circumstances. I really like that the film was never advertised as an Oliver Twist take, but I loved all of the allusions to it. It was a very creative take on the classic story. The poor orphan boy who wants nothing more than to be loved.

My favorite aspect of the movie was how infused music actually was in the movie. I am a musician and I liked the touches that the filmmakers went into to make the film seem as credible as a fairytale can be. I also like how it brought together modern rock, classic symphonic music, and modern symphonic music. It didn't really glamorize the life's of everyday musicians. I like all of the extra little things that were thrown into the movie that only a musician would get. There were some errors but for the most part I applaud the film makers for the attention to the musical details.

Yes the movie was a bit bit corny, and a little over the top, but for the most part I loved it and suggested it to every one.

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