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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Rachel Weisz was the first choice to star in the film alongside Josh Harnett. She was cast, however she had to drop out before filming started due to schedule conflicts. 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 Morton: I'm late, which is ironic, because I started out 9 hours and 23 minutes early.
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Connections

References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Ferris Wheel
Written and Performed by Georges Teperino
Published by Cypress Creek Music (ASCAP)
By Arrangement with 5 Alarm Music
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Entertaining first, thought provoking second.
27 December 2005 | by CrazyonyouSee all my reviews

A simple story of two people trying to find companionship, happiness and love in a confusing world. The fact that these two inspiring and very real characters have Asperger's Syndrome is not really important, but the fact like so many of us they struggle to connect with a soul mate and maintain a relationship, is. From what Aspies tell me, the performances of both leads, Hartnett and Mitchell, are spot on... a real credit to both actors and it's obvious they researched their roles thoroughly. Both entertaining and thought provoking, it's a romance without being gushing, but one where you genuinely care for the people involved.

Watch this film if you have or know someone with autism or if you just happen to have tried and failed to find love and happiness in this weird world we live in.


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