An orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift to try to find his birth parents.

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Kirsten Sheridan

Writers:

Nick Castle (screenplay), James V. Hart (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Highmore ... August Rush
Keri Russell ... Lyla Novacek
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Louis Connelly
Terrence Howard ... Richard Jeffries
Robin Williams ... Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace
William Sadler ... Thomas Novacek
Marian Seldes ... The Dean
Mykelti Williamson ... Reverend James
Leon Thomas III ... Arthur
Aaron Staton ... Nick
Alex O'Loughlin ... Marshall
Jamia Simone Nash ... Hope
Ronald Guttman ... Professor
Bonnie McKee ... Lizzy
Michael Drayer ... Mannix
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Storyline

Twelve years ago, on a moonlit rooftop above Washington Square, Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell), a sheltered young cellist, and Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a charismatic Irish singer-songwriter, were drawn together by a street musician's rendition of ''Moondance'' and fell in love. After the most romantic night of her life, Lyla promised to meet Louis again but, despite her protests, her father rushed her to her next concert--leaving Louis to believe that she didn't care. Disheartened, he found it impossible to continue playing and eventually abandoned his music while Lyla, her own hopes for love lost, was led to believe months later that she had also lost their unborn child in a car accident. Their orphaned son (Freddie Highmore) uses his musical talent as a clue to find his birth parents.

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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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August brings a pizza with him when Arthur takes him to the old theater to meet Wizard. This is likely a reference to a similar scene in the animated film Oliver & Company (1988), also inspired by the Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, when Dodger brings Oliver to meet everyone and brings hot dogs with him for the dogs. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Jeffries goes to the docks to pick up August, various shots show him with and without iPod headphones in. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer: Are all Irish people this loud?
Louis Connelly: Yeah.
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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Wizard's Theater Song
Written by Impact Repertory Theatre
Performed by Timmy Mitchum (as Timothy T. Mitchum)
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Better than expected
24 November 2007 | by the_PoppunsSee all my reviews

Firstly, being a fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers I had been hearing about this project for a while and I couldn't figure out how they'd make sense out of it. It does end up making sense even if it's a little far-fetched. It's about a son and his parents who all have to find each other, but my problem was that I couldn't figure out a way they could have gotten so separated in the first place. But luckily the writers did. It's pretty sappy and sentimental but if you're not that kind of person, I can't imagine you'd be interested in something like this anyway. It's the type of story that always comes out around this time of year, which is also the most sentimental time of the year. It gives you warm fuzzies so if you like something like 'Mr. Holland's Opus' or 'About a Boy' or 'Love Actually' you'd more than likely enjoy it.

I don't know if this qualifies as a musical but it should. It had lots of music in it although people didn't burst into fits of singing dialogue. The songs were normal songs, mostly original, and they were great. The young people involved were very talented, especially Jamia Simone Nash and Leon G. Thomas. Robin Willams and Terrence Howard had smaller supporting roles. (I've been saying that Williams and Bono resemble each other for 20 years so I'm glad he put the hat on and finally proved me right.) JRM and Keri Russell are co-stars who do their jobs well. But the star of the movie is Freddie Highmore. He's a good actor and I believe this was the first thing I've seen him in. I wouldn't be surprised to see him nominated for this.

I actually think this movie would be good for kids. I think there is maybe one bad word in it and maybe the way he came into the world might bother the extreme conservatives. But it's uplifting and a story about belief, especially belief in yourself. And I expect that'd be good for anyone to see, except maybe those who really hate too much sentimentality.


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USA | South Korea

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

August Rush See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,421,369, 25 November 2007

Gross USA:

$31,664,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,122,026
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