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Mozart and the Whale (2005)

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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.

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Petter Næss

Writer:

Ronald Bass (as Ron Bass)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hartnett ... Donald Morton
Radha Mitchell ... Isabelle Sorenson
Gary Cole ... Wallace
Sheila Kelley ... Janice
Erica Leerhsen ... Bronwin
John Carroll Lynch ... Gregory
Nate Mooney ... Roger
Rusty Schwimmer ... Gracie
Robert Wisdom ... Blume
Allen Evangelista ... Skeets
Kelly B. Eviston Kelly B. Eviston ... Dr. Trask (as Kelly Eviston)
Jhon Goodwin Jhon Goodwin ... Rodney
Christa Campbell ... Therapist
Jeffrey Brandle Jeffrey Brandle ... Ten-year-old Kid
Hollis Higgins Hollis Higgins ... Homeless Man
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Storyline

A dramatic-comedy, inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance. Donald is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many people with AS, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful but complicated Isabel joins the autism support group he leads, his life - and his heart - are turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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They don't fit in. Except together.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2006 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Mozart & the Whale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,610, 14 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,006, 11 May 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was written by Ronald Bass, who also wrote Rain Man (1988), a movie about an individual with autism. Bass is said to have been inspired by a 1995 article in the Los Angeles Times. See more »

Goofs

In the first group scene, Donald talks about numbers as he stares at the microwave oven countdown. When the camera cuts away from the digital readout, the one/second beep of the microwave can still be heard but when the camera returns to the readout, fewer seconds elapse than beeps heard. See more »

Quotes

[Donald calls Isabelle for the first time, but hangs up anxiously]
Donald Morton: First time better to get a machine, don't you think?
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Connections

References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Evergreen
Written by Michael Clarke
Performed by Clarkesville
Published by Copyright Control (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Wildstar Records
By Arrangement with Zync Music
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Its all about A-S-P-E-R-G-E-R-S
27 December 2005 | by somethingtotallyoriginalSee all my reviews

This is the only film about Aspergers and I value it. It is GREAT to see star-power giving awareness.

Having Aspergers myself, I could do what most people ('nero-typicals') couldn't- understand and associate with the characters. Though at the same time there were differences... because everyone with Aspergers is different.

So I found myself going, "Hey thats me!" Or, "Hey thats not me!" throughout. It varies from one thing to the other- it can be right on the money or the polar opposite. It was fun/nice to recognize all the small/not so small things-in-common. As for the differences, they were irritable!

When I first heard of this movie a while ago, I didn't understand why it was called "Mozart And The Whale". But now I do, and you will too. It is beautiful and has multiple meanings.

Only thing is it may portray people with Aspergers as being out of control nuts or retards, which is not the way they really are. So they may be overexaggerating and misconcepting just a little there.

All in all, curious and informative. Its guaranteed to please and inspire any Aspie who watches it. May bring them together too. HOORAY!


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