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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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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 DeathtoGlitter

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An incredible journey moving at the speed of sound

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Drama | Music

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

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21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El triunfo de un sueño  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$31,655,091 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Second film where Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers co-star. The first was Mission: Impossible III (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Arthur is taking August to Wizard's for the first time, August is holding a can of soda in one hand, while Arthur is holding the pizza box. In the next shot, August is holding the pizza box, but no can and there would have been no way he would have disposed of it or taken the box from Arthur. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: What?
August Rush: I don't have a place to stay
Arthur: Do I look like a real estate tycoon to you?
[August shrugs]
Arthur: How many dead presidents you got?
[August looks at him blankly]
Arthur: Nuggets? Shorts? Show me the money!
[August takes out a wad of cash]
Arthur: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
August Rush: No, I'm thinking something else
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 24 November 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
Produced and Arranged by Ali Dee
Performed by Leon Thomas III (as Leon Thomas III)
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If you don't have a great imagination, you won't like it
17 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love it, you'll LOVE it. If not, then the most you'll probably give it is an 'ok'. The movie requires the audience to have a somewhat willful suspension of reality as there are some slightly mystic themes interwoven in the storyline. But as the movie is basically centered on the power of music, the mystic elements make sense. It's completely about belief and faith in the intangible.

Personally, I loved the story. And the music was amazing. I had goosebumps throughout the entire movie. In fact, there was probably so much emphasis on the music that there was less character development than a lot of people would like. I liked this element of the movie, though, as it requires you to read between the lines. Not even the ending is handed to you nicely wrapped and on a platter. There's no wrap-up dialogue or epilogue sequence, just the audience's own inferences. Hence, if you don't have an imagination, you should stay home.


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