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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

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Ron Howard

Writers:

Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)
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Top Rated Movies #140 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... John Nash
Ed Harris ... Parcher
Jennifer Connelly ... Alicia Nash
Christopher Plummer ... Dr. Rosen
Paul Bettany ... Charles
Adam Goldberg ... Sol
Josh Lucas ... Hansen
Anthony Rapp ... Bender
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Ainsley
Judd Hirsch ... Helinger
Austin Pendleton ... Thomas King
Vivien Cardone ... Marcee
Jillie Simon ... Bar Co-Ed (as Jill M. Simon)
Victor Steinbach Victor Steinbach ... Professor Horner
Tanya Clarke ... Becky
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Storyline

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. Written by Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures

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It is only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Beautiful Mind See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,501,096, 23 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,742,341

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,542,341
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the Pentagon scene, where Nash discovers the codes are map coordinates, one of the coordinates he reads off is "67-46-90", presumably in degrees, minutes and seconds. But in the degree-minute-second coordinate system, seconds go up only to 59, not 90. See more »

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Helinger: Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians... like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics, in technology or space, battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results. Publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy, freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future ...
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Written by Hildegard von Bingen (as Hildegard of Bingen)
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Crowe Does It Again!
1 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The more I watch Russell Crowe, the more I am becoming a big fan of his acting talent. Here again, he demonstrates his skills in a role that had me spellbound. Of course, mentally-ill people are usually fascinating. Look how popular the cable television show "Monk" has become.

Crowe's character, mathematician John Nash, is not nearly as eccentric as "Monk," but his schizophrenia makes for a fascinating portrait of a very troubled man. This is another of those Ron Howard based-on-a-true-story films, so don't take everything here as gospel truth....because it ain't so. (One example: in real life, Nash's wife was anything but as supportive as Jennifer Connelly was portrayed here.)

The first time I saw this film I was disappointed. Maybe I expected more, maybe I felt the story was unfair to the viewer and I felt like this was just one more attempt at Liberal Hollywood to make fun of those in the 1950s who were opposed to Communism. Well, on the second viewing, just a few weeks ago, I didn't have a problem with any of those things, just enjoying the performances and the classy-looking cinematography, thanks to one of the best cameramen in the business, Roger Deakins. I'm not always a fan of director Ron Howard, but his films are usually interesting and pleasing to the eye. He and Crowe seem to be a good pair, too, as witnessed by 2005's "Cinderella Man."

For those who enjoy a cerebral thriller, this is a very intriguing film. Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas and Anthony Rapp all deliver solid supporting help and, if you haven't seen this, this story will deliver a big surprise. If you know the ending, a second viewing is even more interesting as you trace Nash's actions from the beginning.


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