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The story of celebrated public speaker Richard Pimentel comes to the screen in this biographical drama starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Rebecca De Mornay, and Hector Elizondo. As a young man, Pimentel Ron Livingston realized he had a remarkable gift for public speaking. Pimentel's idol is College Bowl founder Dr. Padrow Elizondo, but upon trying out for Dr. Padrow, the ambitious young speaker is informed that he won't have anything to talk about until he has lived a full life. Realizing that there is some...
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The story of celebrated public speaker Richard Pimentel comes to the screen in this biographical drama starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Rebecca De Mornay, and Hector Elizondo. As a young man, Pimentel Ron Livingston realized he had a remarkable gift for public speaking. Pimentel's idol is College Bowl founder Dr. Padrow Elizondo, but upon trying out for Dr. Padrow, the ambitious young speaker is informed that he won't have anything to talk about until he has lived a full life. Realizing that there is some merit to Dr. Padrow's observation, Pimenel subsequently enlists in the military and prepares for duty in Vietnam. Later, while fighting on the battlefield, Pimentel loses his hearing and returns home disabled. Frustrated when others inform him that he will never achieve his dreams due to the fact that he is disabled, the determined veteran makes it his mission to prove them wrong. But it isn't as much about changing others' perceptions of the disabled as it is about altering their perceptions of themselves, and with a little help from foul-mouthed, cerebral palsy-stricken genius Art Honeyman Michael Sheen, free-spirited beauty Christine George, and mercurial, hard-drinking veteran Mike Stoltz Yul Vázquez, Pimentel will play a pivotal role in creating the Americans With Disabilities Act, and finally discover his inner music.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director/producer Steven Sawalich, writer Kelly Kennemer and producer Brett Donowho; The making of the music featurette; Richard Pimentel tell his story; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • UPC: 883904103769
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Livingston Richard Pimentel
Melissa George Christine
Michael Sheen Art Honeyman
Yul Vázquez Mike Stoltz
Rebecca deMornay Richard's Mother
Hector Elizondo Ben Padrow
Paul Michael
Technical Credits
Steven Sawalich Director, Producer
Tim Alverson Editor
Debra Baum Musical Direction/Supervision
Craig Borden Asst. Director
Debra Braun Musical Direction/Supervision
Corbin Bronson Casting
Anya Colloff Casting
Brett Donowho Producer
Shawn Dyrdahl Asst. Director
Irek Hartowicz Cinematographer
Kelly Kennemer Screenwriter
Ron Livingston Co-producer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Bret McKinney Screenwriter
Mark Andrew Olsen Screenwriter
Peter Rand Sound/Sound Designer
James T. Sale Score Composer
Alexis Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Stearns Production Designer
F.X. Vitolo Associate Producer
Jeff Whitcher Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Music Within
1. Kryptonite (Main Titles) [5:50]
2. Oliver Wendell Holmes [3:11]
3. Full of It [5:49]
4. In Country [5:04]
5. Worse than Deaf [5:01]
6. Traveling Freak Show [4:38]
7. A Lousy Date [4:05]
8. Magic Carpet Ride [5:08]
9. Tag Team [3:40]
10. No Idea [2:24]
11. The Ugly Low [4:55]
12. His Life's Calling [4:02]
13. Starting From Scratch [1:50]
14. Ticking Time Bomb [1:23]
15. Changing Hands [3:01]
16. Stick it in Your Ear [2:21]
17. To Be Seen [3:04]
18. Windmills [2:36]
19. What Do You Want? [3:03]
20. Driven by Anger [2:27]
21. Up in Flames [3:53]
22. Damaged [2:59]
23. Finding His Music [2:23]
24. Epilogue/End Titles [4:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Music Within
   Play Feature
   Language Selection
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Steven Sawalich, Writer Kelly Kennemer and Producer Brett Donowho
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Steven Sawalich, Writer Kelly Kennemer and Producer Brett Donowho - On
      Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Steven Sawalich, Writer Kelly Kennemer and Producer Brett Donowho - Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Chewing Gum in Class
         Enough For Everyone
         We Are Moving
         Expressing Words
         Boom
         Taking Notes
         Festival '72
         A Pitcher of Beer
         I Choose You
         Late at Work
         Never Supposed to Live
         Died in Vietnam
         Birthday in a Cemetery
      The Making of the Music
      Richard Pimentel Speech
      Trailers: The Final Inquiry
      Trailers: Death at a Funeral
      Trailers: Bonnevile
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenomenal movie with fantastic performances!!

    When I was first encouraged to watch Music WIthin I was skeptical since I had never heard of it, and isn't from a genre I typically watch. However, I was quickly drawn in. Music Within tells the story of Richard Pimentel and how he became an activist for individuals with disabilities. It is incredibly inspiring and moving as you see his struggles and the struggles of those around him. I highly recommend this movie!! Watching this will help you understand yourself and those around you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Celebration of Life and the Music With Each of Us

    The life of the extraordinary survivor Richard Pimentel is a fine biography that manages to explore the many phases of a unique man's life with humor, tenderness, and bravado. Though barely recognized in its theatrical release, MUSIC WITHIN should hopefully find a wide audience in the form of this well constructed DVD. There are many significant lessons to be learned from this story (written by Bret McKinney, Mark Andrew Olsen and Kelly Kennemeras) as well as a large dose of entertainment from some superb actors directed by Steven Sawalich (credited with the original idea for the film). Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston) entered the world as one of the survivors in a series of miscarriages by his mother (Rebecca De Mornay), a deeply disturbed woman who surrendered her only living child to a Catholic orphanage at birth. From there Pimentel grew up with bizarre circumstances, raised by his Chinese father who dies from a working accident. Desperately needing to belong and to recognized, Pimentel became an expert public speaker, but his efforts to gain admission to college were thwarted by college speech professor Ben Padrow (Hector Elizondo) who admired Pimentel's technical abilities on the stage but says he needs to live life to find his 'music within' before he can succeed in college level oratory. Out of need for employment and guarantee for a college education Pimentel joins the military, is sent to Vietnam, where a blast of incoming explosions disables him with deafness. Released from the military without the benefits of Veteran funds, Pimentel deals with his inability to hear, meets Art Honeyman (Michael Sheen) disabled by cerebral palsy and the two strike up a warm friendship: the two can understand each other and form a bond stronger than the critical eye of the 'normal world'. Pimentel meets the beautiful Christine (Melissa George) and soon they bed only to have Pimentel discover the Christine shares her bed with another man. From this point the story picks up a pace that is breathless as Pimentel gains his education and a good job, only to join a group of disabled veterans, and eventually devote his life to fighting for the rights of the disabled. And this is all true! Livingston finds the right balance between dark humor and ambition to create change in a world that views the disabled as 'ugly', and together with Michael Sheen's impeccable performance as the multifaceted cerebral palsy stricken Ken, the spot-on actors transcend the 'docudrama' genre and offer us unforgettable characters that provide a richly entertaining story as well as a plea for understanding the plight of the disabled. The features included with the DVD are full of interviews with the real Richard Pimentel and the actors' and director's responses to the formation of the American Disabilities Act that resulted from this amazing young man's struggle to find his music within. It is a wild ride of a comic film with a very tender message. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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