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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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It is only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. See more »

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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)

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$170,742,341 (USA)
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Greg Cannom was chosen to create the makeup effects, specifically the age progression of the characters. Russell Crowe had previously worked with Cannom on The Insider (1999) and Ron Howard had worked with him on Cocoon (1985). Each character's stages of makeup were broken down by the number of years that would pass between levels. Cannom stressed subtlety between the stages, but worked toward the ultimate stage of "Older Nash". The production team originally decided that the makeup department would age Russell Crowe throughout the film; however, at Crowe's request, the makeup was used to push his look to resemble the facial features of John Nash. Cannom developed a new silicone-type makeup that could simulate skin and be used for overlapping applications; this shortened make-up application time from eight to four hours. Crowe was also fitted with a number of dentures to give him a slight overbite in the film. See more »

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In the first scene in his dorm room at Princeton in 1947, Nash listens to a recording by the early-music ensemble Gothic Voices featuring soprano Emma Kirkby. The recording, of Hildegard von Bingen's "Columba aspexit," was not made until 1981; in fact, Emma Kirkby was not even born until 1949. See more »

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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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Columba aspexit
Written by Hildegard von Bingen (as Hildegard of Bingen)
Performed by Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices
Edited and Directed by Christopher Page
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Limited, London, England
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Le génie frise la folie / genius is close kin to madness
7 January 2002 | by (Charlottetown, Canada) – See all my reviews

A poorly tailored trailer does not begin to describe what is one man's journey from the heaven of clear thought to the hell of schizophrenia.

Russell Crowe does an excellent role as John Nash, a mathematician who revolutionizes Group Theory, only to have his mind crash into confused and split views of the world.

Jennifer Connelly is superb as his wife. It is through her that we begin to understand the range of problems and pittfalls Nash is facing, most of his own devising. She deserves an Oscar, period.

The director has arranged beautiful 'red herrings' to kept viewers guessing and it works suprisingly well. Ron Howard's best work to date.

A beautiful movie to decribe a beautiful mind.


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