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At Theaters: 12/25/2001 On Video: 6/25/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 369911
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A mathematical genius made an astonishing discovery early in life and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But his prodigious career was sidetracked by problems that would have broken many men. He had always been driven by his quest for one truly original idea and never lost sight of that dream. After many years of struggle, he triumphed over tragedy – and literally changed the world.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - A slow paced psychological drama with some very interesting plot twists that should appeal to most adult viewers. Young teens and children will likely be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Russell Crowe PROOF OF LIFE, GLADIATOR, THE INSIDER
Ed Harris POLLOCK, ENEMY AT THE GATES, STEPMOM
Jennifer Connelly POLLOCK, WAKING THE DEAD, DARK CITY
Paul Bettany A KNIGHT'S TALE
Dir/Prod: Ron Howard DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, EDTV
Producer: Brian Grazer DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
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A Beautiful Story
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: No F-words, 2 GD's. A few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking.
ACTION: Very little. Only a few chase scenes on foot and by car.
COMEDY: Over a dozen mildly funny remarks and scenes. A few chuckles.
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Excellent

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "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.  ''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Very Good "A Beautiful Mind is a beautifully written, effectively acted, and meticulously crafted effort that is likely to remind many viewers of a simple axiom: a movie doesn't have to be groundbreaking to be compelling. ''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "The Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr. still teaches at Princeton, and walks to campus every day. That these commonplace statements nearly brought tears to my eyes suggests the power of "A Beautiful Mind..''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Excellent "Unlike Sylvia Nasar's splendid same-name biography, director Ron Howard's screen version of A Beautiful Mind is merely "inspired by" the traumatic life of mathematics genius and Nobel laureate John Nash. Look at it with a wary eye — then use the other eye to appreciate one inspiring movie (better than Shine) about trying to co-exist with mental demons.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 266 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
33
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
85
Very High
98%
30+Adults (F)
103
Very High
98%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

WOW! INCREDIBLE OPINIONS! Nearly everyone rated it either "Fantastic" or "Excellent." The few remaining ones rated it "Very Good," which is still very high. Only a couple rated it "Fair." This indicated a movie with wide appeal. Therefore, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND "A BEAUTIFUL MIND"! DON'T MISS IT!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
An outstanding movie that I predict everyone will enjoy, except for possibly some teens that demand lots of action. I found the movie to be extremely interesting and entertaining throughout. It should receive some very high moviegoer opinions.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It is 1947 and John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Russell Crowe) has arrived at Princeton for graduate study in mathematics. "The mysterious West Virginia genius" has no prep school legacy or old money ties to cushion his entry into the Ivy League — just Princeton's most prestigious fellowship to signify that he does indeed belong.

It's not an easy fit for Nash, or for Princeton. Social niceties mean nothing to him; neither does attending class. He is obsessed with just one thing: finding a truly original idea. That, he's convinced, is the only way he will ever matter.

Princeton's math department is brutally competitive and some of Nash's classmates would love to see him fail. Still, they tolerate him, and inadvertently incite him to greatness. He's with them one night in a local bar when their reaction to a hot blonde grabs his attention. As Nash observes their rivalry, the idea that has been haunting him bursts into focus. His resulting paper on game theory — the mathematics of competition — boldly contradicts the doctrines of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics. One-hundred-fifty years of accepted thought is abruptly outdated, and Nash's life is changed forever.

Nash subsequently wins a coveted research and teaching post at MIT, but is not satisfied. Science had played a huge role in bringing about America's triumph in World War II, and now, as the Cold War rages, Nash yearns to play a role in this new conflict. His wish is granted when the shadowy William Parcher (Ed Harris) recruits him for a top-secret assignment as an enemy code-breaker.

Nash throws himself into this consuming effort while continuing his work at MIT. It is there that he is challenged in an altogether new way by the beautiful and brilliant Alicia Larde (Jennifer Connelly), a physics student who introduces Nash to a concept he'd never seriously considered — love.

Nash and Alicia marry, but he cannot confide the dangerous project he has undertaken for Parcher. The work, the secrecy and the danger take their toll. Nash is furtive, obsessed and finally lost in a world of overpowering delusions. The diagnosis is paranoid schizophrenia.

Devastated by the implications of her husband's condition, Alicia struggles under the strain of loving a broken genius. The glamorous couple of their courtship has vanished as each day seems to bring new horror. But Alicia can still glimpse the charismatic man she fell in love with, and that fuels her commitment to him. Inspired by her unwavering love and faith, Nash finally decides to fight a disease thought to be not only incurable, but degenerative.

This humbled Nash has simpler goals, but they are even harder to achieve. Still burdened by demons, still driven by the intoxicating demands of mathematical theory, he is determined to find his own kind of normalcy. Through sheer force of will, he continues his work and in 1994, receives the Nobel Prize. By then, his insightful work in game theory has become one of the most influential ideas of the twentieth century, while Nash has become a man with a beautiful heart, as well as a beautiful mind.

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