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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 »

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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:

Crazy in Love 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 Morton: Excuse me. Do you know when the next bus, uh 217, runs?
Man at bus stop: Sorry.
Donald Morton: I'm chasing someone.
Man at bus stop: By bus?
Donald Morton: Well, it's important.
Man at bus stop: Important enough to take the bus?
Donald Morton: Yeah. My girlfriend left me because I wanted to get married and she wanted to stay just friends.
Man at bus stop: Ah. The slower this chase, the better.
Donald Morton: Yeah.
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Written by Jim Klein, Scott P. Schreer
Published by Freeplay Music (BMI)/Freeplay Music
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Very good job on capturing spirit of inspiring real aspies....
30 December 2005 | by wholphin48See all my reviews

My opinion is obviously prejudiced as I am "the whale" in the title of this movie. My wife is "Mozart." I appreciate the time the cast and other principals spent with real aspergers and autism adults. It paid off. Both Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell did a terrific job of capturing the spirit of myself and my wife when we met.

Rahda looks much more like Mary did when we met. I was never as tall as Josh but was much slimmer at his age. There are all kinds of whales and while Josh is a nice, sleek Blue Whale by comparison, I have become an Orca in my middle age.

I have high hopes that an eventual theater release will enable this film to do a great service to my community and to anyone who feels different and wants a soulmate!

In order to not unduly influence the tally, I gave it a seven which is the current average rating although I think it merits a higher number.

"The Whale" fka Jerry Newport


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