American Experience (1988– )
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A Brilliant Madness 


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Episode credited cast:
... Himself (as John Forbes Nash)
... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felix Browder ... Himself - Mathematician
Erhan Cinlar ... Himself - Mathematician
Melvin Hausner ... Himself - Mathematician (as Mel Hausner)
Harold Kuhn ... Himself - Mathematician
Martha Nash Legg ... Herself - Sister
Zipporah Levinson ... Herself - Wife of Colleague
Sylvia Nasar ... Herself - Author: 'A Beautiful Mind'
... Herself
Donald Newman ... Himself - Mathematician
Herta Newman ... Herself - Wife of Colleague
Donald Reynolds ... Himself - Friend
Paul Samuelson ... Himself
Louis Sass ... Himself - Clinical Psychologist


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a beautiful mind
19 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I love the message of this documentary, "A Beautiful Madness," which tells the story of mathematician John Nash: take into account the thoughts and imagination of those perceived as different; they often have stunning insights.

The documentary tells the factual story of John Nash, whose story was told in "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe. That film, however, took dramatic license - some say too much, as compelling a film as it was.

It's a fascinating look at the mind of genius touched by paranoid schizophrenia which, for a time, stopped his wonderful career. Nash's story is inspiring as well because ultimately he overcomes his problems and succeeds, going on to win the Nobel Prize and resume his career.

It was most interesting to see the interview with Nash which goes through the entire documentary, and to hear both his sons, his colleagues, and his wife speak about him.

Another excellent "American Experience," one of the best.

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