The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Written by
August's unique style of playing guitar, which includes banging on the strings, was innovated by the artist Michael Hedges. Other artists have continued to develop his style. In the movie, August's first improvisation session on guitar is actually Hedge's song "Ritual Dance", played by guitarist Kaki King. See more »
When Louis's brother takes the picture of Louis and Lyla on the rooftop couch, Lyla has her hand on Louis's arm across her chest, and he has his other hand on top of hers. Whenever you see the photo for the rest of the movie, however, his hand isn't over hers. See more »
I don't have a place to stay
Do I look like a real estate tycoon to you?
How many dead presidents you got?
[August looks at him blankly]
Nuggets? Shorts? Show me the money!
[August takes out a wad of cash]
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
No, I'm thinking something else
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a triumph of love, spirit, and imagination thru the art of music!
I saw a sneak preview tonight, not knowing anything about this film. If you still have an inner child, and an imagination that has not been beaten out of you by the "practical and mature" world, then you will love this movie. I wish I had taken my daughter. The only people that I have seen complain about this movie are people that probably consider playing music "hard work and self-sacrifice". If you don't play the cello, you are not going to notice how bad she fakes it. During certain scenes, I found myself sitting way back in my recliner, with my eyes closed, soaking up the sounds that inspired this young man. Not since "Strictly Ballroom" have I been so moved by a film.
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