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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 4 January 2002 (USA)
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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 #142 | Won 4 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 68 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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The Only Thing Greater Than the Power of the Mind is the Courage of the Heart See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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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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Trivia

When John Nash is shown in the car riding from The Pentagon to Wheeler Labs, the voice on the radio is that of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the infamous Communist hunter. See more »

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When Nash is talking to the man about the Nobel Prize nomination and they are drinking tea, the spoon in the man's hand disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Referenced in John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015) See more »

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All Love Can Be
Music by James Horner
Lyric by Will Jennings
Performed by Charlotte Church
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Not perfect but a typically polished and professional story that is well told
25 September 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

As a young man, John Nash is antisocial, arrogant but quite the mathematical genius. After months of failing to live up to expectation due to focusing on trying to find formula within the mundane. However a major finding brings him to the attention of the Government and sees him set up within a secretive department looking to crack the code that will lead them to a Russian bomb hidden somewhere within the US. Starting as just a series of problems, John's involvement deepens as the Russians move to stop the code breakers and only John's handler Parcher can protect him. Meanwhile the secrets start to affect John's personal life.

Despite all the hype and awards I didn't feel that fussed about seeing this film and just decided to wait for television to bring it to me for free. Having finally seen it I must admit that, while not being anything brilliant, it is certainly a very professional and engaging product despite some big flaws. The story is based on reality (if you pardon the irony of that) and it doesn't matter too much if it skims over some issues and omits some very well-publicised aspects of Nash's life. The story is well written and is the better for focusing on the confusion within Nash between reality and imagined because it does help move the film forward all the time. Conversely the weakest moments are in the rather mawkish and sentimental moments within reality – fortunately these are not that often and generally the film moves forward well and I did find myself quite engaged by it.

Howard's direction is up to his usual standard, by which I mean that it is polished and professional even if it does lack anything in the way of flair or unique talent. Crowe is very strong though. Much better than the ego and the headlines would suggest, here he delivers a performance that convincingly changes across the film and does the tricky thing of making the audience feel and understand a character in a way that was very difficult to pull off. Connelly is nearly as strong in a smaller role and Ed Harris has fun with a powerful character who noticeably lifts the pace when he is on screen. Bettany is his usual self and good value for it and support is generally good from Plummer, Lucas, Goldberg and a few others.

Overall a very polished drama but one that is engaging for the majority. The pace is generally good despite sometimes being a bit too sentimental and laboured, and the delivery generally pulls off the difficult task of putting us into Nash's world and allowing us to feel for him and understand him.


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