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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robin Williams' performance as "Wizard" was reportedly inspired by rock star Bono. See more »


When Arthur leaves the park after meeting Evan, he leaves his amp behind. See more »


August Rush: [in voiceover] But I believe in music... The way that some people believe in fairy tales.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


Produced and Performed by John Legend
Written by John Legend (as J. Stephens)
John Legend appears courtesy of Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc. / Sony BMG Entertainment, Inc.
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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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