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A Beautiful Mind
Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly




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Director Ron Howard delivers his finest effort with his extraordinary film, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2001. Based loosely on Sylvia Nasar's acclaimed biography of mathematician John Forbes Nash, the film is a compelling look at one man's genius, his debilitating mental illness, and the fine line between the two. A BEAUTIFUL MIND begins with Nash (Russell Crowe) at Princeton, where he struggles to think of an original idea, and the stroke of genius that will make him matter. Nash is eccentric, socially awkward, and extremely competitive. Eventually, he finds the inspiration for his innovative and influential work on game theory. He's chosen for a post at MIT, which includes crucial code-breaking work for the US government. There, he meets a beautiful and brilliant student, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). They marry but their happiness is threatened, as Nash, belatedly diagnosed as schizophrenic, descends into madness. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman cannily condenses Nash's story, and the film manages to dramatize both Nash's mathematical brilliance and his schizophrenia in a compellingly visual manner. Crowe delivers a strong performance, and has real chemistry with Connelly. The two make the film's story about the power of love believable and moving.

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Overview

Director Ron Howard delivers his finest effort with his extraordinary film, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2001. Based loosely on Sylvia Nasar's acclaimed biography of mathematician John Forbes Nash, the film is a compelling look at one man's genius, his debilitating mental illness, and the fine line between the two. A BEAUTIFUL MIND begins with Nash (Russell Crowe) at Princeton, where he struggles to think of an original idea, and the stroke of genius that will make him matter. Nash is eccentric, socially awkward, and extremely competitive. Eventually, he finds the inspiration for his innovative and influential work on game theory. He's chosen for a post at MIT, which includes crucial code-breaking work for the US government. There, he meets a beautiful and brilliant student, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). They marry but their happiness is threatened, as Nash, belatedly diagnosed as schizophrenic, descends into madness. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman cannily condenses Nash's story, and the film manages to dramatize both Nash's mathematical brilliance and his schizophrenia in a compellingly visual manner. Crowe delivers a strong performance, and has real chemistry with Connelly. The two make the film's story about the power of love believable and moving.

Awards:
2001 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
2001 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
2001 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
2001 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Ron Howard - Director
Russell Crowe
Ed Harris
Jennifer Connelly
Adam Goldberg
Christopher Plummer
Paul Bettany
Vivien Cardone
Judd Hirsch
Josh Lucas
Anthony Rapp

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Single Disc)
  • Run Time: 136
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025193026521
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (intense thematic material, sexual content, and a scene of violence)
  • Release Date: June 2002

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Romance
True Story
Love Story
Mental Illness
Theatrical Release
Conspiracy Theories
Love
Math
Essential Cinema

 

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Theatrical release: December 25, 2001 (Limited) January 4, 2002 (Expanded)

Reviews:
"...Mr. Crowe, with his superhuman powers of concentration, shows us a man who dwells almost entirely in an inner world, and he dramatizes that inwardness as if nobody were watching..." - 12/21/2001 New York Times, p.E1


"...[Featuring] dynamic performances and extraordinary actor chemistry..." - 12/21/2001 USA Today, p.6E


"...Director and screenwriter have found a way to convey the sensation of schizophrenia from the inside out....[An] important movie..." - 01/04/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.46


"...[Crowe] rises to the challenge of the role with fearless integrity. He's electrifying..." - 01/17/2002 Rolling Stone, p.56


"...Consistently engrossing....This serious-minded but lively film is distinguished by an exceptional performance by Russell Crowe..." - 12/17/2001 Variety, p.35-40


"...A BEAUTIFUL MIND's greatest strength is a beautiful performance by Russell Crowe..." - 02/01/2002 Box Office, p.57


"...From the instant Crowe appears, it's clear this is to be a performance of faultless verisimilitude....Connelly's heart-rending performance is Best Supporting Actress material..." - 03/01/2002 Total Film, p.94


"...Crowe brings the character to life....[He] has an uncanny ability to modify his look to fit a role..." - 12/21/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29

 

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