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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 4 January 2002 (USA)
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

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From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. Written by Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures

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Wenn die Realität sich gegen Dich verschworen hat, ist nichts mehr sicher... (If reality has ganged up on you, nothing is safe anymore...) See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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4 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Una mente brillante  »

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$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,501,096 (USA) (23 December 2001)

Gross:

$170,742,341 (USA)
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Trivia

Producer Brian Grazer won the rights to the project after John Nash and Alicia Nash chose him over competitor Scott Rudin; the Nashes had long resisted having a film made of their story. See more »

Goofs

When Nash is giving his speech at the Nobel Ceremony, the embroidery on the handkerchief in his pocket is visible then not visible between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helinger: Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians... like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics, in technology or space, battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results. Publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy, freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.204 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331
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(First Movement - Andante grazioso)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Unknown performer
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A Beautiful Movie
17 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I think its a good idea to know as little as possible about this movie before seeing it. Now that I've seen it, the commercials on television seem to be giving away too much. With that in mind DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT!

Its a hard movie to pinpoint. Its not like any other movie I've ever seen, in that a character exists that is not real. John Nash's mind is the reality of the movie and its not until the movie is half over that you realize this and its jarring that you've been taken on a ride with this man's illness, and accepted it as the real world. Its also a very heartbreaking thing.

From the middle point, John and you see the world differently because he starts to receive treatment.

Russell Crowe does not overdo it for a minute and turns in his customary brilliant performance. Would not surprise me at all if he were to win his second Best Actor Oscar in March 2002. He really is that good.

Just as good but with less screen time is the beautiful and beautifully talent Jennifer Connelly, who the world may finally get to see in a mainstream movie. Her chemistry with Crowe is vital to the movie and neither of them disappoint the audience at all in that respect.

I enjoyed it immensely and felt like I had seen a movie when it was over. I was shown a person at their best and the worse and everything in between, by a masterful actor at the top of his game.

I am sure Ron Howard deserves a lot of credit that he won't get, too.


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