Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind

4.3 55
Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris


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The true story of prominent mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. is the subject of this biographical drama from director Ron Howard. Russell Crowe stars as the brilliant but arrogant and conceited professor Nash. The prof seems guaranteed a rosy future in the early '50s after he marries beautiful student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and makes a remarkable advancement in… See more details below

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The true story of prominent mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. is the subject of this biographical drama from director Ron Howard. Russell Crowe stars as the brilliant but arrogant and conceited professor Nash. The prof seems guaranteed a rosy future in the early '50s after he marries beautiful student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and makes a remarkable advancement in the foundations of "game theory," which carries him to the brink of international acclaim. Soon after, John is visited by Agent William Parcher (Ed Harris), from the CIA, who wants to recruit him for code-breaking activities. But evidence suggests that Nash's perceptions of reality are cloudy at best; he is struggling to maintain his tenuous hold on sanity, and Alicia suspects a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. Battling decades of illness with the loyal Alicia by his side, Nash is ultimately able to gain some control over his mental state, and eventually goes on to triumphantly win the Nobel Prize. Based loosely on the book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind (2001) co-stars Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer, and Judd Hirsch.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on Sylvia Nasar’s bestselling biography of John Forbes Nash Jr., the MIT mathematician who successfully conquered mental illness and went on to win a Nobel Prize, A Beautiful Mind is a gripping melodrama with a whopper of a Sixth Sense-style twist. We first meet Nash, played by Russell Crowe, in 1947, when he is still a brilliant but highly eccentric and socially awkward mathematics student at Princeton. His remarkable work on game theory eventually lands him a position at MIT, where he meets both his wife, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), and a sinister CIA agent (Ed Harris) who recruits him as a code breaker for the Defense Department. Director Ron Howard, who employs some clever narrative devices that allow the audience to see the world from Nash’s perspective, shows how Cold War paranoia feeds and shapes his developing schizophrenia. The depiction of Nash’s battle to banish his voices -- not through debilitating drugs but by simply refusing to listen to them -- poignantly conveys the sadness and isolation of mental illness. Crowe is as compelling as ever, but it is Connelly who is the real revelation here. Her Oscar-winning turn as the gorgeous young wife who stands by Nash through it all, weathering violent episodes and medication-induced impotence, is touching and impressively grounded. The truth of Nash’s life is, at least as revealed in Nasar's book, less tidy than what we see on screen. Howard and Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman excised all sorts of unsavory details, and the result is Hollywood myth making at its most unabashed (complete with a heavy-handed score that telegraphs every emotion). Yet, there is no denying the emotional and inspirational power that earned A Beautiful Mind Oscars for both Best Picture and Best Director: It is an inspiring portrait of a gifted man, an extraordinary woman, and a remarkable triumph.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A skillful adaptation of a real-life story by director Ron Howard, who matures beyond the facile emotions and obviousness inherent to most of his previous work, embracing a new level of maturity that is a welcome compliment to his clear, if workmanlike visual style. Howard has always been a reliable film craftsman, efficiently translating words into pictures even if his compositions have remained more functional than creative. It's a curse endemic to those who made their bones in television, including Howard's contemporaries Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall. Despite two successful decades on the A-list, they have few major-league peers with such a lack of distinguishable artistic signatures. Without skipping a beat, Howard has moved effortlessly from the rapid-fire compactness of Apollo 13 (1995) to the bloated, sugary, over-the-top razzle-dazzle of the almost unforgivably heinous How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). So equated is he with a glossy, marketable broadness that the sheer elegance and subtlety of his approach to this largely internal story is astonishing. It's a quantum leap forward that would be comparable to the achievement of Steven Spielberg with Schindler's List (1995), if not for the difference in emotional, physical, and historical scale. Always a demanding, exacting actor, Russell Crowe continues a winning streak by delivering the latest in a series of knockout performances, adroitly handled by a director who seems simpatico with his every choice. The film's structural gimmick turns in on itself halfway through, challenging the viewer to observe every previous and subsequent event through the eyes of paranoia, a brilliant twist that works beautifully, even better so because it is never hammered indelicately home by the filmmaker. A Beautiful Mind (2001) is a serious, fully realized story gracefully handled by Howard, proving that an artist never stops evolving no matter how accomplished his resumé.
Entertainment Weekly
Russell Crowe sometimes summons up one of the most powerful depictions of mental illness I have ever seen with barely an eyelid flicker separating manifestations of sickness from utterly sane displays of creative concentration. Lisa Schwarzbaum
Village Voice
The movie illustrates with poignant (if reductive) clarity the awful no-exit paradox of a paranoid delusion -- that its most incapacitating aspect is its terrifying realness. Dennis Lim
New York Post
Terrific, surprisingly gripping true-life tale of a math genius battling madness. Jonathan Foreman
USA Today
Among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons. Mike Clark

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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes with director's commentary; Feature commentary with director Ron Howard; Feature commentary with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman; A beautiful partnership: Ron Howard & Brian Grazer; Development of the screenplay; Meeting John Nash; Accepting the Nobel Prize in economics; Casting Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly; The process of age progession; Creating the special effects; Scoring the film; Inside A Beautiful Mind

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Russell Crowe John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Jennifer Connelly Alicia Nash
Ed Harris William Parcher
Paul Bettany Charles Herman
Adam Goldberg Sol
Judd Hirsch Helinger
Josh Lucas Hansen
Anthony Rapp Bender
Christopher Plummer Dr. Rosen
Austin Pendleton Thomas King
Jason Gray-Stanford Ainsley
Vivien Cardone Marcee

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director,Producer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Akiva Goldsman Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Producer
Robert Guerra Art Director
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Mike Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Karen Kehela Executive Producer
Kathleen McGill Associate Producer
Maureen Peyrot Co-producer
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Leslie Rollins Set Decoration/Design
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Louisa Velis Associate Producer

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