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Music Within (2007)

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The true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing -impaired and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities.

Director:

Steven Sawalich
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Jung ... Richard's Dad
Melissa George ... Christine
Marion Ross ... Grandma
Rebecca De Mornay ... Richard's Mom
Janssen Van De Yacht Janssen Van De Yacht ... Toddler Richard
Ridge Canipe ... Young Richard
Paul Michael Paul Michael ... Joe
John Livingston ... Mr. Parks
TyZhaun Lewis TyZhaun Lewis ... Aaron
Ron Livingston ... Richard
Arlene Ancheta Arlene Ancheta ... Chinese Restaurant Owner
Linda Burden-Williams ... Bambi
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Padrow
Joel Bryant ... Sergeant Taylor
Kevin Sage ... PFC Sage
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The True Story Of Richard Pimentel, A Brilliant Public Speaker With A Troubled Past, Who Returns From Vietnam Severely Hearing-Impaired And Finds A New Purpose In His Landmark Efforts On The Behalf Of Americans With Disabilities... Written by Steven Sawalich

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Experience a movie that will make you believe anyone can change the world.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Goofs

The novel 'Rising Sun', by Michael Crichton, not published until 1992, is in the bookcase next to Richard as he speaks to Art who has just proofread the manuscript of Windmills. Pimentel wrote the Windmills manuscript in 1980. See more »

Quotes

[Richard has given Art his manual to read and is nervously hovering in the next room]
Richard: What page are you on now?
Art: I'm on page shut the fuck up.
[after a minute, Richard tries to quietly open the door]
Art: I've got CP, I'm not deaf!
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred J Hill), Patty S. Hill (as Patty Smith Hill)
Performed by Michael Sheen
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The "Real" Story Behind the Disability Rights Movement
15 February 2007 | by bigdogzogSee all my reviews

Having been a part of the disability community in Washington, DC for twenty years, I can say that this movie is truly remarkable in how it portrays my history and the history of my friends, family members, and the disability community as a whole. This is the history of another civil rights movement. It fairly and accurately provides a brief look at who we as a community are and what drove us to evolve and push for the playing field to be leveled just enough so that people who are blind, Deaf, have CP, or some other disability can actually go to a restaurant and eat pancakes on our birthday...

Ron Livingston oh-so accurately portrays Richard Pimentel's passion and anger as he struggles with his own life and as he learns how to channel that passion to begin making a difference, not only for himself, but for all people. Mr. Livingston also manages to reflect Richard's manner; his facial expressions, his speech, and especially his "stage presence."

Michael Sheen, who portrays Art Honeyman, draws the audience in and makes us all believe that he has CP. His ability to do this, to really become Art, should certainly earn him an Oscar.

I would highly recommend that everyone see this very entertaining and thought-provoking movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Music Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaverton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,744, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$154,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,581
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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