August Rush
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August Rush

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Director: Kirsten Sheridan, Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Cast: Kirsten Sheridan, Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

     
 

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Estranged from his parents by circumstance and nudged toward a foster family, a young boy seeks out his long-lost folks and discovers prodigious musical talent in this family-oriented drama from Disco Pigs director Kirsten Sheridan. In the aftermath of a passionate night together above New York's Washington Square, a

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Estranged from his parents by circumstance and nudged toward a foster family, a young boy seeks out his long-lost folks and discovers prodigious musical talent in this family-oriented drama from Disco Pigs director Kirsten Sheridan. In the aftermath of a passionate night together above New York's Washington Square, a charismatic Irish guitarist named Louis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and a reserved cellist named Lyla (Keri Russell) are forced apart by fate. Despite the fact that they do not remain together, however, their fleeting union has created something amazing that neither could have ever anticipated -- a baby. Unfortunately, just after the child's birth, the mother is misinformed that the infant has died. Cut to 11 years later, when the child, Evan, is living in a Gotham-area boys' home and has developed an acute ability to listen to the sounds of the outside world -- hoping against all hope that his biological mother and father will turn up to claim him, while those in charge try to encourage him to open himself up to the possibility of adoption. Unduly rejecting these bids, Evan runs away into the city. Out on the streets, the child falls into the clutches of a manipulative, untrustworthy street person named Wizard (Robin Williams), who renames Evan "August Rush" and opens the boy up to the depth and breadth of his own musical talent even as he smells the opportunity to grow rich off of the foundling. Meanwhile, Evan/August's hope persists that he will be reunited with his folks, and Louis and Lyla, unable to forget their initial night of love, feel themselves being drawn back together by fate.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
UPC:
0085391178279
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
23,178

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freddie Highmore Evan Taylor
Keri Russell Lyla Novacek
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Louis Connelly
Terrence Howard Richard Jeffries
Robin Williams Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace
William Sadler Thomas Novacek
Marian Seldes The Dean
Mykelti Williamson Reverend James
Leon Thomas III Arthur
Aaron Staton Arthur
Alex O'Loughlin Marshall
Jamia Simone Nash Hope
Ronald Guttman Professor
Bonnie McKee Lizzy
Emelie Jeffries Actor
Michael Drayer Mannix
Jamie O'Keefe Steve
Becki Newton Jennifer
Tyler McGuckin Peter
Megan Gallagher Megan
Anais Martinez Backbeat
Bilal Bishop Roller Ball
Michael Roderick Hammonds Feedback
Timothy T. Mitchum Joey
Henry Caplan Bill
John Knox Club Manager
Amy V. Dewhurst Receptionist
Victor Verhaeghe Cop
Darrie Lawrence Old Neighbor
Sean Haberle Frank
Jamal Joseph Driver
Robert Aberdeen Record Executive
Georgia Creighton Apartment Owner
Joshua Jaymz Doss Orphanage Kid
Craig Johnson Orphanage Boy
Dominic Colón Policeman
Zach Page Child Guitar Player
Charles Mack Gospel Solist
Amma Agyapon Gospel Singer
Adia Beckford Gospel Singer
Dietrice A. Bolden Gospel Singer
Dina Gardener Gospel Singer
Luther Isler Gospel Singer
Raymond Johnson Gospel Singer
Joyce Walker Jospeh Gospel Singer
Willana Mack Gospel Singer
Lamar Antwon Robinson Gospel Singer
Talif Showers Gospel Singer
Taylor Carlton Gospel Singer
Yvette Bodrick Street Sound Circle Member
Crystal A. Elliott Street Sound Circle Member
Jindai Joseph Street Sound Circle Member
Jacquelen Singleton Street Sound Circle Member
Travis Veada Street Sound Circle Member
Jasmine Pauline Wigfall Street Sound Circle Member
Don Harper Conductor
Mike Nowak Conductor

Technical Credits
Kirsten Sheridan Director,Screenwriter
Anastasia Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Nick Castle Original Story,Screenwriter
Paul Castro Original Story
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Chris Barnes Stunts
Bob Colletti Stunts
William Cote Stunts
Douglas Crosby Stunts
Felice Diamond Makeup
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
Frank Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Louise Goodsill Executive Producer
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
Jim V. Hart Screenwriter
James V. Hart Screenwriter
Gabrielle Jerou Associate Producer
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Miky Lee Executive Producer
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Richard Barton Lewis Executive Producer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Mark Mancina Score Composer
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Jim McConkey Camera Operator
Julia Michels Musical Direction/Supervision
Cheri Minns Makeup
Jason Oliver Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffrey Pollack Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Pope Stunts
Courtney Rains-Loo Stunts
Jess Rosen Sound Editor
Michael Shaw Production Designer
Tim Smith Stunts
William Steinkamp Editor
Mario R. Ventenilla Art Director
Lionel Wigram Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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August Rush 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie truly does warm the heart and touch the soul...even if you have to suspend all belief in reality itself to really enjoy it. Some of the plot lines are loosely held onto, and the miraculous "anything is possible" theme when August is searching for his parents through the music he plays is almost unbelievable. The music truly makes this movie happen, though, with the awesome guitar suites, the main theme, and john rhys-meyers' crooning as the Irish singer of a rock band. Watch this with your family, and tell your kids you love them when you do. Sometimes, as realized when I viewed this film...you truly don't know what you have til it's gone...hey, and miracles CAN happen!!
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All I can say is wow, what an awesome film. Great acting all around, great music, great story. A movie you want to watch over and over again. The ending can seem a little open-ended like you want to see more of a conclusion, but at the same time it seems very appropriate when the main plot of the film is for August (Evan) to have his music bring his parents to him. This movie is almost a new take on Charles Dickens Oliver Twist and I can't highly reccommend this film enough. A great movie for the whole family.
pnaanou More than 1 year ago
Music is one of the things that guides me in life. I grew up singing, playing instruments, writing music, and always dreaming of singing for millions (a dream I still have)! This movie verifies all the reasons I love music so much. The soundtrack employs all genres of music and highlights the best parts of the different genres, the acting was great and each actor made you feel what they were feeling, the plot was perfectly balanced, it was never rushed and the development of each character happened at the right time, and a perfect balance between witness, drama, action, romance,etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tears from beginning to end; some sorrow, mostly of joy. A very emotionalal movie, with a great plot. Anticipation, energy, amazement, joy, and hope. If you are a musician and understand prodigy, a hopeless romantic, and love children... then this movie was written for you and will be the best movie of your life. If not, you will love it anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best movies I ever watched in my life... it made me cry, laugh and fall in love with the characters!!! Beautiful movie!!! =)
Miz_B More than 1 year ago
The movie introduces a young man who is acutely in tune with the "music" of the universe. With a musically rich soundtrack that you will feel in your soul, two lost souls reunite through the perserverence of a child. Heartwarming family film! Find a quiet spot to watch it and feel the music for yourself! An amazing cast! Robin Williams, Terrance Howard, Keri Russell(TV's Felicity), Freddie Highmore(Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers My students all loved it!!
Sorchawaters More than 1 year ago
This film surprised me in becoming one of my favorite movies of all time. The plot, while simple, is heart warming, sad, and sweet. I honestly did not think I would like it, but the show was beatifully done, and the use of music to tie the plot together was fun and entertaining.
vtedman More than 1 year ago
The story is listed as a modern fairy tale and it certainly stretches the bounds of reality. Freddie Highmore once again proves himself to be a compelling child actor. The music is wonderful and the notion that music is everywhere came through loud and clear. What was even more impressive was the talent of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell as they performed some of their own music. Robin Williams was interesting and a little stereotyped as a Fagen like musician, child exploiter. It was hard to decide whether he was going for a more sympathetic character or an evil one. Overall this was an enjoyable , escapist film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm almost sorry to be the nay-sayer to the glowing reviews below, but I just found it to be too much heavy lifting to suspend my disbelief this much. I think it's part of the film-maker's art to make it easy not to think critically when dealing with such a fanciful story. Also, I found the "Oliver Twist" parallel actually distracting from the story. The music was okay, just beyond improbable from such a source. Even Mozart took years of training to tap his ability. To just sit down and write music without someone teaching you notation is beyond ridiculous. I tried to enjoy it, but by the end I was extremely disappointed. Children might find it easier to swallow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie SO MUCH, I almost cried! And it takes a lot to make me do so. This movie was phenomenal...and Freddie Highmore was great!
Happy18607 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this movie, everything about it. I had to watch it several times
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a pity. Our jaded culture has produced too many people who can't let go of their need for reality as entertainment. I'm no great critic. I just know when my heart is touched by a story. Immerse yourself in a fairy tale. See August Rush.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I like about this film was the soundtrack...with a beautiful love story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AUGUST RUSH will not go down in history as a profound film: many will even go so far as to dismiss it as kitsch, maudlin, and a simpleton take off on 'Oliver Twist', and other pejoratives. For this viewer the little film is tender and frequently requires suspension of belief, but in the end the idea of the story does indeed bring a tear to the eye. Based on a story by Paul Castro and Nick Castle and transformed for the screen by Castle and James V. Hart, the premise is that of a fairytale, but an unusual fairytale built around the impact of music. On one magic night in New York City classical cellist Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell) and popular Irish guitarist/singer Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) meet on a rooftop, languishing in their own disappointments with life and finding solace in each other's arms, and that night Lyla becomes pregnant, never to see Louis again, and struggling to keep her baby despite her father's demands to abort. Lyla delivers her baby boy, but the child is immediately taken away (Lyla is told the child was stillborn). 'Evan Taylor' AKA August Rush (Freddie Highmore) is placed in an orphanage, longing for parents he believes he can 'hear' in the music of the spheres. Compelled to find his parents he escapes the orphanage after eleven years and is taken in by Faginesque Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace (Robin Williams) who teaches his street urchins the fine art of pick pocketing and playing music on the streets as buskers. Renamed August Rush, Evan has uncommon musical talents and rapidly becomes a big money maker for Wizard while at the same time being discovered as a potential pupil for Juilliard by Reverend James (Mykelti Williamson) and his girl singer Hope (Jamia Simone Nash) with assistance from kindly social worker Richard Jefferies (Terrence Howard). August Rush composes a rhapsody that is to be played in Central Park, a chance to place his music before the world and attract his parents, both of whom have returned to music careers after eleven years absence and learn of the existence of August Rush, their 'unknown son'. And yes, the ending is a happily ever after one... Kirsten Sheridan directs with a sure hand and a keen eye toward make believe. The cast is strong, especially Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and the musical score, a very mixed bag, provides a suitable background for the story. This is one of those movies that asks us to go along with a lot of improbable events, but the pleasure of the experience is worth the journey. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I would like it because I thought it was a little far fetched. But I realized that this movie is a fairytale set to modern times. We know that any state wouldn't let kids "willfully" run around with a man like Wizard, or let a kid go into a church and stay there to move onto Julliard. That's why there called movies but the underlying love lost aspect really gets to you. The music is beautifully composed in a way that I actully paid attention to the soundtrack while the story was evolving. I loved loved loved the rhapsody at the end. It may not be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. It was refreshing to watch something different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. It was something that really touched my heart. I found myself hoping as much as Lyla and lewis and August did. Some people I know wanted more at the ending. But I just let my imagination go and the ending was perfect. We should have more movies like this. I loved the music so very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was heart touching. its not really that hard to believe. if both parents are musically talented, the child could easily be gifted. arent young kids in college becoming doctors.. no different. and everybody get feelings.. i awake before earthquakes and emergency phone calls late at night.. other stuff. two of my favorite actors in one movie, what else can you ask for. keri and jonathan were both great.. and the kid did a wonderful job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is trully a heartwarming film for families and music lovers...yes it is likely unrealistic yet all movies are in some way..and this film achieves fantasy in the most amazing way through music.