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Infinity (1996)

Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.

Director:

Matthew Broderick

Writers:

Richard Feynman (books), Ralph Leighton (books) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Richard Feynman
Jeffrey Force Jeffrey Force ... Young Richard
Peter Riegert ... Mel Feynman
David Drew Gallagher David Drew Gallagher ... Harold
Raffi Di Blasio ... Robert (as Raffi DiBlasio)
Josh Keaton ... David (as Joshua Wiener)
Patricia Arquette ... Arline Greenbaum
James Hong ... Abacus Adder
Emerson Tran Emerson Tran ... Kid
Melissa DeLizia ... Young Joan
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Tutti Feynman
John Hammil John Hammil ... County Dr. #1
Jack Lindine ... Mr. Greenbaum
Helene Moore Helene Moore ... County Nurse #1
Carl Strano Carl Strano ... County Dr. #2
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Storyline

As a young boy, Richard was fascinated with science and objects in motion. This wonderment was reinforced through the efforts of his father. The only thing that mattered as much as science, and his family, was Arline, whom he met when they were both in school. But fate can often be cruel and Arline is found to be stricken by Tuberculosis. Undaunted, Richard studies the disease as he studies science in hopes of curing her. When her disease is in remission, they marry and he proceeds on to college where his studies and the war lead him to Los Alamos to work on the Manhattan Project. While Richard is intrigued with the solution to the project, he is also concerned with the outcome and saddened with the failing health of Arline. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The painting at the Frick Collection museum that Arline describes to Richard is called Portrait of a Lady (María Martínez de Puga) - 1824, by the Spanish painter Goya. See more »

Quotes

Mel Feynman: Richie, how old are you?
Young Richard: Six.
Mel Feynman: Well, act your age.
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Crazy Credits

The film has a 1997 copyright date in the credits, despite being released in 1996. See more »


Soundtracks

She's A Great, Great Girl
Written by Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods)
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Copyright renewed
Performed by Jack Teagarden
Courtesy of RCA Records
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disappointment
8 April 2003 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

For fans of Feynman's books, this will be a disappointment. Matthew Broderick's performance doesn't capture the fire, playfulness and wonder of Feynman's personality (as do documentaries of his lectures). Furthermore, his direction botches many of the anecdotes, missing the points of emphasis and undermining the quirky humour and sense of irony in the original telling. For example, in the Chinese abacus scene (which is shifted to a much earlier period in Feynman's life), Broderick has Feynman initiate the challenge, whereas in real life, it was the hapless abacus salesman who challenged him, completely unaware that he was taking on a renowned physicist. Therefore, the sense of irony, and of Feinman's idiosyncrasy in the world of mere mortals, is lost. Only Patricia Arquette seems to have captured the essence of the memoirs, despite her often unintelligible dialogue.


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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infinity See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,976, 6 October 1996

Gross USA:

$195,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$195,170
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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