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Ron Livingston delivers the performance of a lifetime in this acclaimed film based on the incredible true-life story of Richard Pimentel. Deafened by a bomb blast in Vietnam, Richard (Livingston) returns home and discovers his life's calling: helping others with disabilities, including his fellow veterans. Along with his bestfriend Art (Michael Sheen), a wheelchair-bound rebel with a wicked wit, Richard fights for the rights of those whose voices can't always be heard. Music Within is a powerful and inspiring journey that every American should take.


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 206892185
UPC 883904103769
UPC 14 00883904103769
Format DVD
Release Date 2/17/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Bret McKinney, et. al. - Writer
Craig Stearns - Production Designer
Irek Hartowicz - Cinematographer
James T. Sale - Original Music By
Manuel Samaniego - Art Director
Melissa George - Actor
Michael Sheen - Actor
Ron Livingston - Actor
Steven Sawalich - Director
Steven Sawalich, et. al. - Producer
Timothy Alverson - Editor
Yul Vazquez - Actor
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Music Within" tells the story of Richard Pimentel, one of the driving forces behind the Americans with Disabilities Act, from his childhood with a schizophrenic mother through his service in Vietnam, which left him deaf, to his life in Oregon as a disabled person. While an interesting story, and a nice film, it rarely rises above the level of a TV movie...Ron Livingston, of "Office Space" and the TV series "Standoff," is Pimentel, and Michael Sheen, who gave an uncanny portrayal of Tony Blair in "The Queen," is nearly unrecognizable as Art, a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy who becomes Richard's best friend...They're very good, earnest and likable, as is Melissa George as Christine, Richard's love interest. Unfortunately, director Steven Sawalich doesn't require them to do much above the level of cliche - here's a film about an important subject that should have been much tougher, but alas, not even their makeup changes much in the quarter of a century depicted onscreen...All inspiring stuff, but "Music Within" is strictly by the numbers, even down to the predictable mood-setting period soundtrack numbers. Haven't we heard "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" in movies about a million times?
Reviewer G. Allen Johnson
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review There's no disputing the sincerity with which Steven Sawalich tells the true-life tale of Richard Pimentel, the man more or less behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. His is, without question, a story worth telling: Cocky kid thinks he'll make a great motivational speaker, professor tells him he's "full of s***" and needs to go live a little, kid goes to Vietnam and nearly dies a lot, then returns home all but deaf--the whole world sounds like it's underwater and populated by a billion whistles being blown at once. And Ron Livingston, deadpan bats*** in Office Space and stoically heroic in Band of Brothers, is the perfect dude for the role; you want to believe in him. But a little earnestness goes a long way, and Music Within has a little too much of it, down to the casting of Michael Sheen (The Queen's Tony Blair) as the wheelchair-bound savant with cerebral palsy who acts as Richard's muse and conscience. Sheen, like the movie itself, is trying too hard to inspire when the story doesn't need the help.
Reviewer Robert Wilonsky
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader ...Sawalich directed with invention and heart.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News The performances are all solid, but Sheen, last seen as Tony Blair in "The Queen," is so good in his incredibly demanding role...
John Anderson, Variety ...anchored by Michael Sheen's captivating performance as the severely handicapped, profoundly acerbic Art Honeyman.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Livingston and director Steven Sawalich keep the character in constant motion, his dialogue sprinkled with humor and his energy contagious.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Entertaining and inspiring.
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