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August Rush (2007) Poster

(2007)

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James Morrison was offered the part of Louis Connelly and turned it down to concentrate on his music.
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Two of the songs that Jonathan Rhys Meyers' character, 'Louis Connelly' sings, 'This Time' and 'Break' were considered as nominees for the category of 'Best Original Song' in the '80th Annual Academy Awards'
Freddie Highmore actually learned how to conduct for the movie. Susan Deaver, an adjunct Professor at C.W. Post, taught him.
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.
The story is based on the plot of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. In addition to the main characters (August/Oliver, Wizard/Fagin, Arthur/The Artful Dodger) it also includes some of the more obscure characters from the book, such as Oliver's friend Dick from the workhouse/August's friend in the orphanage, Hope/Rose Maylie, Rev. James/Mr. Brownlow, and Lyla's Father/Monks.
Robin Williams' performance as "Wizard" was reportedly inspired by rock star Bono.
In Brazil, the movie is titled "The Sound of the Heart".
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Liv Tyler and Claire Danes were each considered for the role of "Lyla Novacek" before Keri Russell was cast.
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The IND Hoyt-Schermerhorn St. station in Brooklyn was used for the subway scene when August tries to run away.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Louis is in the van passing Central Park, the banner he sees shows that the concert's pianist is Lionel Wigram, Executive Producer of the movie.
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August plays a Gibson J200, also used by Elvis Presley throughout his career. During their encounter in the park, he and Jonathan Rhys Meyers' character switch guitars. Rhys Meyers played Elvis in Elvis (2005) two years before this movie was released.
Evan's hurried and disorganized writing of sheet music closely parallels the working style of Gioachino Rossini, best known for "William Tell" and "The Thieving Magpie", who is known to have written pieces mere hours before they were to be performed.
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Lyla's gold cross necklace was seen dropping to the pavement before her father ushers her into the limo as Louis looks on. Later in the movie "Wizard" is seen wearing the same necklace.
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