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A Beautiful Mind (13-Dec-2001)

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Akiva Goldsman

Based on a book: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

Keywords: Drama, Cryptography, Biography, Harvard, Mathematics, Mental Illness

Biographical drama follows famed mathematician John Nash's life, career, and descent into mental illness.

Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash finds events surrounding his life and career fictionalized for the silver screen in A Beautiful Mind, a semi-biographical picture depicting the prodigy's rise to prominence on the strength of an ability to solve seemingly-uncrackable math puzzles at Princeton and the Pentagon before falling victim to demons unleashed by his own mind.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Paul Bettany
27-May-1971   A Knight's Tale
Jennifer Connelly
12-Dec-1970   Betty Ross in The Hulk
Russell Crowe
7-Apr-1964   A Beautiful Mind
Adam Goldberg
25-Oct-1970   Saving Private Ryan
Jason Gray-Stanford
19-May-1970   Lt. Disher on Monk
Ed Harris
28-Nov-1950   The Rock
Judd Hirsch
15-Mar-1935   Taxi
Rance Howard
17-Nov-1928   Father of Ron Howard, Clint Howard
Josh Lucas
20-Jun-1971   Wonderland
Austin Pendleton
27-Mar-1940   William Giles on Oz
Christopher Plummer
13-Dec-1929   A Beautiful Mind
Anthony Rapp
26-Oct-1971   Broadway cast of Rent
Roy Thinnes
6-Apr-1938   David Vincent on The Invaders


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 10-Jul-2009)

This is an outstanding motion picture telling the powerful story of the rise & fall, then subsequent triumphant rise again of Dr. John Nash. Russell Crowe is outstanding as the compelling lead. Film is visually stunning throughout as it covers over 40 years of Nash's amazing brilliant and often tragic life; a sincere tribute to a genuinely unique and interesting life struggle. Jennifer Connelly delivers a memorable performance as well giving brave portrayal of Nash's wife, which earned her a well-deserved Oscar in the female lead category. Yet the major credit for this well-crafted motion picture is the inventive collaboration of director Ron Howard's vision with the skilled production talents of Brian Grazer who took home Oscar that same year for Best Director and Best Picture respectively. Through their collective efforts they utilized Akiva Goldsman's Oscar winning screenplay in a clever and imaginative way to transform this sympathetic yet complex story into a delightful, pleasing to the eye treat that will engage all that screen this powerful biography of a brilliant yet flawed professor.

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