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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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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

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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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Freddie Highmore actually learned how to conduct for the movie. Susan Deaver, an adjunct Professor at C.W. Post, taught him. See more »

Goofs

In addition to the already-reported lack of an El train on Second Ave. in front of the site of the former Fillmore East (there once was a 2nd Ave El but it was torn down in the 1940's), the film portrays the Second Avenue facing front of the former Fillmore East as a dilapidated version of its former self, still sporting the old Fillmore East's marquee & still labeled as such. In fact, the Fillmore East's former entrance/lobby area is and for quite some time has been a redeveloped bank branch. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer: [sees Louis on the projector] Oh my god! Is that you?
[Louis doesn't answer]
Jennifer: When were you going to tell me you were in a band?
Marshall: [Cutting in before Louis could answer] I'm sure there's a lot of things our Louis hasn't told you darling, like who'd did you write the song for?
Louis Connelly: [turns away from Marshall] I told you this was a bad idea.
Marshall: That's it, go on! Walk out on us again!
[Louis turns back to him]
Marshall: Eh, Lou?
Louis Connelly: [Walking towards Marshall] Say what you have to say Marshall!
Marshall: No man, go on!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 24 November 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Break
Written by John Ondrasik
Produced by John Ondrasik, Phil Ramone, and Curt Schneider
Performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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A brilliant movie.
7 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an absolutely brilliant movie. I saw it at the special premiere to the Grammy Recording Academy members a the WB studios in Burbank. It's an absolutely amazing story with a brilliant cast and a soundtrack that will blow you away. Apparently, both Freddie Highmore, keri russell,Jonathan Rhys Meyers learned most of the songs and played/sang them themselves, which is very impressive once you see the movie. John from five for fighting wrote a few songs on the soundtrack as well. Music is the common thread that keeps the entire movie together and completes it into the masterpiece of a movie that it is. Although at times, there may seem like there are gaps in the story line/character development, the point of this is that the music is what communicates those hidden details of the movie.Overall, this film is a masterpiece that should be cherished by music-lovers everywhere.


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