Beautiful Mind

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Mind Boggling

by Karalia on 6/27/2002

A definitive piece of history not to be missed by anyone. I knew nothing of the reality and plot of this movie (intentionally so), which kept me guessing and back tracking throughout, while trying to separate Nash's realities, in my OWN mind. Nash's battle to repair a psyche that is seemingly devising it's own needs by way of intricate dillusions of plot and character, is astounding. How does a mind fracture in such a way that would allow all the senses to participate in a false reality and then turn on that reality and fight it? The implied fragility alone, only whispers of the impossibilities that he somehow managed to overcome and live with. I truly believe that without the support of his wife and friends, he would not have found his way. The movie is stunning in every aspect... especially in the fragileness that often comes with a mind both genuis and lacking. Read More

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Mind Boggling

by Karalia on 6/27/2002

A definitive piece of history not to be missed by anyone. I knew nothing of the reality and plot of this movie (intentionally so), which kept me guessing and back tracking throughout, while trying to separate Nash's realities, in my OWN mind. Nash's battle to repair a psyche that is seemingly devising it's own needs by way of intricate delusions of plot and character, is astounding. How does a mind fracture in such a way that would allow all the senses to participate in a false reality and then turn on that reality and fight it? The implied fragility alone, only whispers of the impossibilities that he somehow managed to overcome and live with. I truly believe that without the support of his wife and friends, he would not have found his way. The movie is stunning in every aspect... especially in the fragileness that often comes with a mind both genius and lacking. Read More

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Product Overview

The thrilling and inspiring story of a brilliant and charismatic man ensnared by a mysterious conspiracy which takes his life and mind to places he never imagined.

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40168527
UPC 025192235023
UPC 14 00025192235023
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2006
Rating Rating
Keywords
Conspiracy Theories
Essential Cinema
Love
Love Story
Math
Mental Illness
Romance
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
New York Times "...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 p.E1
USA Today "...[Featuring] dynamic performances and extraordinary actor chemistry..." 12/21/2001 p.6E
Entertainment Weekly "...Director and screenwriter have found a way to convey the sensation of schizophrenia from the inside out....[An] important movie..." 01/04/2002 p.46
Rolling Stone "...[Crowe] rises to the challenge of the role with fearless integrity. He's electrifying..." 01/17/2002 p.56
Variety "...Consistently engrossing....This serious-minded but lively film is distinguished by an exceptional performance by Russell Crowe..." 12/17/2001 p.35-40
Box Office "...A BEAUTIFUL MIND's greatest strength is a beautiful performance by Russell Crowe..." 02/01/2002 p.57
Total Film "...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 p.94
Chicago Sun-Times "...Crowe brings the character to life....[He] has an uncanny ability to modify his look to fit a role..." 12/21/2001 p.29
Directors
Ron Howard
Actors
Russell Crowe
Ed Harris
Christopher Plummer
Adam Goldberg
Cast & Crew
Russell Crowe - Actor
Christopher Plummer - Actor
Ed Harris - Actor
Jennifer Connelly - Actor
Judd Hirsch - Actor
Paul Bettany - Actor
Sylvia Nasar - Based On Novel By
Ron Howard - Director
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Mike Hill - Editor
Daniel P. Hanley - Editor
James Horner - Musical Score
Brian Grazer, et al. - Producer
Robert Guerra - Production Designer
Akiva Goldsman - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 22350
UPC 00025192235023
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 136 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Awards
Oscar (2002) Jennifer Connelly, Winner, Best Supporting Actress,Ron Howard, Winner, Best Director,Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Winner, Best Picture,Akiva Goldsman, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced Or Published,Russell Crowe, Nominee, Best Actor,Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill, Nominee, Best Editing,James Horner, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
Golden Globe (2002) Russell Crowe, Winner, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama,Jennifer Connelly, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,Akiva Goldsman, Winner, Best Screenplay,Ron Howard, Nominee, Best Director,James Horner, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...[Crowe] rises to the challenge of the role with fearless integrity. He's electrifying. Points too for Jennifer Connelly, luminous and touching as Nash's long-suffering wife... a harrowing journey for the audience.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review ...an unusually thoughtful look at mental illness and its disabling power... [Crowe's] intensity is such, and his talent so large, that he pulls us into Nash's world... A Beautiful Mind does a wonderful job of dramatizing [mental illness], making schizophrenia visible and suggesting that those who suffer from it are not unlike the rest of us.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Edward Guthmann
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews A beautifully written, effectively acted and meticulously crafted effort.
Jonathan Foreman, New York Post Terrific, surprisingly gripping true-life tale...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...one of the most powerful depictions of mental illness I have ever seen...
George Will, Newsweek A breathtaking movie about a beautiful mystery.
Susan Stark, Detroit News As bold and searingly imaginative as it is substantive.
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