August Rush

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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...
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Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams April 1, 2008 HD-DVD Fine in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 113 mins. ... Aspect ratio: 2.40: 1. Originally released: 2007. (72513CDVD) PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY: This sale is for MOVIE on DVD ( SET OF 1 Discs). There is no visible Scratches on this disc) Case or Box and cover tab (Good), inside disc holding tab is (Good) insert Cover pamphlet( Not Issued). These is no Marking ON the Discs. if you ve received the item and you are not at most 65% satisfied with this item, return the item. Read more Show Less

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • UPC: 085391138907
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: HD-DVD

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
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 III 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
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 Jr. 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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Uplifting!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good Escape Flic

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beautiful

    I was surprised at how good this movie was. It's what "The Soloist" should have been, an inspiring story with beautiful music. I love all the music in it, and the Irish accents. If you like music, watch this!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Touching movie to watch over and over

    This is a very inspirational movie that is touching and heartwarming. I recommend it strongly.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Feel the music of life

    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!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Inspirational for music lovers

    I absolutely loved this movie, everything about it. I had to watch it several times

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Film

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    August Rush is a share-able

    I have so enjoyed this movie that I've begun to share it by buying it as gifts for others. Perhaps it isn't as much the ratings on the individual categories as it is an overall feeling you walk away with having seen the movie. This is one of those rare movies that makes you feel good about what life can become. Not a chick flix but it is for those who enjoy a good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely story

    What I like about this film was the soundtrack...with a beautiful love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredibly moving

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent heartwarming story

    acting was very good, the story line was excellent,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow...truly amazing...

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful movie love the music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie on Earth!

    August Rush was the best movie I have ever seen and I want to see it over and over again but I can't because I don't own it. August Rush is the best movie on Earth!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was pleasantly surprised!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cynicism overtakes too much of life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful movie

    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!!! =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trite and totally unbelievable

    I LOVE music and have utmost respect and admiration for those lucky folks who can create it well. With that said, I could barely stomach this film. It was so cheesy! C'mon, in what state would a child be given up for adoption while its mother is passed out cold? Robin Williams' character was superflous and the whole "house full of abandoned musical children" gave me the creeps. I was bitterly disappointed with this film. I expected a lot more. To top it off, I didn't shed a tear, and I cry at commercials. Blah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oliver Twist redefined

    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.

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