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August Rush (2007)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 206903145
UPC: 012569763685
UPC 14: 00012569763685
Category Keywords: Musicians  New York City  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Music is Everywhere. All You Have to Do is Listen.
Cellist lyla and rock musican louis meet at a party spend the night. Lyla learns she is pregnant. Her father forces them apart she gets pregnant. Lyla has an accident, her father tells her the baby died, the child survives and is give up for adoption the child(evan)11 now embarks finding his parents through music

"...a (very sweet) fairy tale and Highmore is captivating.  Angie Errigo, Empire
"...[an] unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A modern day musical fairytale.  Greg Russell, WMYD-TV
"For those who loved his singing in "Velvet Goldmine," Rhys-Meyers once again proves that he has pipes.  Karl Rozemeyer, Premiere
"Heart warming beyond your wildest dreams!  Mark S. Allen, CBS-TV

Editor's Note
AUGUST RUSH is part romance, part gentle fantasy, but this sweet drama is all heart. When young cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) and rock musician Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) meet at a party in the mid 1990s, it's love at first sight, and they spend the night in each other's arms. But Lyla's father forces them apart, even though she later learns she's pregnant. Later, an accident lands Lyla in the hospital, and though her father tells her that her baby died, the child survives and is given up for adoption. AUGUST RUSH jumps to the present and begins to follow Evan (Freddie Highmore), an 11 year old who has grown up in a boys' home. As Evan embarks on a crusade to find his parents, he imagines he can communicate with them through his gift for music. His journey to New York City brings him into contact with Wizard (Robin Williams), a man eager to capitalize on the child prodigy's talent. Wizard gives Evan the name August Rush as he begins performing all over the city, but the boy's ultimate goal is to find the parents he has never met.

From FINDING NEVERLAND to CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Highmore has displayed an almost prodigious talent himself. He's a gifted young actor, and this emotional story is the perfect venue for his acting. AUGUST RUSH isn't a film for the cynics, but even the hard-hearted in the audience will have difficulty not being touched by this sentimental film. As in Evan's life, music plays a central role in AUGUST RUSH, and it's tough not to let your heart soar along with the melodies. Though it could draw comparisons to OLIVER! and ANNIE, this is a unique and heartwarming film.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000018552
Video UPC UPC: 00012569763685
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.40:1/1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Freddie Highmore
Video Cast Info Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Video Cast Info Keri Russell
Video Cast Info Leon G. Thomas, III
Video Cast Info Marian Seldes
Video Cast Info Robin Williams
Video Cast Info Terrence Howard
Video Cast Info William Sadler
Video Cast Info James V. Hart - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Mathieson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Kirsten Sheridan - Director
Video Cast Info Lionel Wigram - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mario Ventenilla - Art Director
Video Cast Info Mark Mancina - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Michael Shaw - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Nick Castle - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Paul Castro - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Richard Barton Lewis - Producer
Video Cast Info William Steinkamp - Editor


Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Professional Reviews

Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he execution is unblushingly that of a fairy tale....Mark Mancina's original score is a treat too..." 12/01/2007 p.94

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry." 11/21/2007

ReelViews 5 of 10
August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical. The film intends to be a modern day fable about fate and music and Dickensian characters but the sloppiness of the script and haphazard nature of the direction turns everything rancid. It's not difficult to understand what director Kirsten (daughter of Jim) Sheridan is attempting and equally easy to see that she doesn't achieve her goal. August Rush is constructed on a foundation of interconnected failures, the biggest of which comes at the very end. Instead of giving us the moment that a mawkish melodrama like this demands, we are presented with a diluted and minimally satisfying shadow of the moment. It's one of many things that August Rush does wrong...Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers fare better than Highmore, but this isn't going to be a highlight on the filmography of either. As Wizard, Robin Williams hits all the wrong notes. There's potential here for a genuinely creepy, frightening character but, in order to get a PG rating, the gloves are on, making Williams more cartoonish than menacing. Terrence Howard is criminally underused. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Here is a movie drenched in sentimentality, but it's supposed to be. I dislike sentimentality where it doesn't belong, but there's something brave about the way "August Rush" declares itself and goes all the way with coincidence, melodrama and skillful tear-jerking. I think more sensitive younger viewers, in particular, might really like it...The story is a very free modern adaptation of elements from Oliver Twist...The movie, directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, James V. Hart and Paul Castro, pulls out all the stops, invents new ones and pulls them out too. But it has a light-footed, cheerful way about its contrivances, and Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") is so open and winning that he makes August seem completely sincere. One touch of craftiness would sink the whole enterprise...Another quality about the movie is that it seems to sincerely love music as much as August does. If you're going to lay it on this thick, you can't compromise, and Sheridan doesn't. I don't have some imaginary barrier in my mind beyond which a movie dare not go. I'd rather "August Rush" went the whole way than just be lukewarm about it. Yes, some older viewers will groan, but I think up to a certain age, kids will buy it, and in imagining their response, I enjoyed my own. - Roger Ebert

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