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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.

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Steven Sawalich
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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.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La voz del interior See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaverton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,744, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$153,205, 2 December 2007
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Art is purchasing a soda at the beginning of the movie, he inserts one of the newer state quarters from 1999 and on into the machine. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Parks: "Most people go to their graves with their music inside them." - What was Mr. Holmes saying? Come on guys, it's not that hard. he's saying that most people die without discovering their own genius, without expressing the uniqueness that makes them special.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Family
Written by Barbara L. Jordan, William Peterkin
Performed by Pete Peterkin
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A Gem of a Film - One of the year's Best
26 March 2007 | by ssfandadSee all my reviews

When you have been watching movies for over 30 years and you come across a gem like Music Within, it keeps you coming back for more. This true story (The subject of the film Richard Pimentel verified the historical accuracy at the Dallas Film Festival screening) is both heartfelt, informative and laced sensitively with humor and insightful one liners. I had the privilege of seeing this at the Dallas Film Festival, though it does not apparently open for general release until September. After the screening, the Director, producer and both Ron Livingstone and Yul Vazquez were accompanied by Richard Pimentel himself for Q and A, which allowed some helpful insights not only into the making of the movie, but also the impact the movie is hopefully going to have on understanding those with disabilities and their assimilation into the workplace. The story itself unfolds chronologically and retells Richard's quest to find the 'music within' through a series of events including his own injury in Vietnam that caused a sever hearing disability and started Richard on the road to his eventual calling to aid others in finding work despite their disabilities. Eventually this even to a significant impact on the enacting of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As for the film itself, the acting of Ron Livingstone and Michael Sheen is particularly notable and I would be surprised if Sheen is not seen as a candidate for best supporting actor at the Academy awards next year. The other notable success is the outstanding screenplay. McKinney,Kennemer and Olsen may not yet be household names, but based on this showing, we will be seeing a lot more of their work in the future. Highly recommended - don't miss it when it comes to a cinema near you!


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