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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Novacek
Reverend James


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

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?


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


Arthur: We all gonna be big stars some day.
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »


Raise It Up
Written by Impact Repertory Theatre
Produced by Jamal Joseph and Charles Ray Mack (as Charles Mack)
Performed by Jamia Simone Nash and Impact Repertory Theatre
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User Reviews

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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