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August Rush (2007)

PG | | Drama, Music | 21 November 2007 (USA)
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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... August Rush
... Lyla Novacek
... Louis Connelly
... Richard Jeffries
... Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace
... Thomas Novacek
... The Dean
... Reverend James
... Arthur
... Nick
... Marshall
... Hope
... Professor
... Lizzy
... Mannix
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The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Written by DeathtoGlitter

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The music is everywhere. All you have to do is listen. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El triunfo de un sueño  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,421,369, 24 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,655,091, 24 February 2008
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Freddie Highmore actually learned how to conduct for the movie. Susan Deaver, an adjunct Professor at C.W. Post, taught him. See more »

Goofs

One of the signs that the Wizard tears down (we see a close-up of it as he rips it off a pole) says Evan Grady - Missing, not Evan Taylor. This is not long before the police raid the place where the Wizard and all the kids stay. See more »

Quotes

Lyla Novacek: I'm trying to find my son.
Woman at Desk: Name?
Lyla Novacek: [in tears] I don't know.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

La Bamba
Arranged and Produced by Robbie Buchanan and Richard Barton Lewis
Performed by Leon Thomas III (as Leon Thomas III)
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A flat fairy tale with no magic
27 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

"August Rush" gave us no rush. The story is filled with practical impossibilities necessary to the plot, such as the fraudulent adoption papers, or Evan/August/boy Novacek not being adopted before reaching the age of self-expression. Perhaps set as a period piece such inanities might have flown by, but even fairy tales have to ring true at some level. None of the interactions between Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers make any sense. Terrence Howard and Mikelti Williamson are wasted as mere, inconsistent plot devices. Robin Williams seems to be making a different movie than everyone else.

Look, we're not cynics; we love "Love, Actually," "About a Boy," and all of Frank Capra, but the story has to seduce you in, not knock you to your knees; has to have a level of believability that doesn't require you to swallow logs when straining at gnats.

This was a dud. And we wanted it so bad to succeed.


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