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A Beautiful Mind (Widescreen)(2001) (2001)

Russell Crowe , Jennifer Connelly , Ron Howard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (935 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Akiva Goldsman
  • Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (935 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by long-time partner and collaborator, Academy Award winner Brian Grazer. A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe in an astonishing performance as brilliant mathematician John Nash, on the brink of international acclaim when he becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy. Now, only his devoted wife (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) can help him in this powerful story of courage, passion and triumph.

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112 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not the book, but what a movie! November 4, 2001
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I was lucky enough to get to see a preview of A BEAUTIFUL MIND. I had read the book and wondered how they were going to make John Nash into a sensitive human being. Well, Russell Crowe
deserves not only an Oscar, but every other award out there! He is sensitive, cold, passionate, and yes, even lovable as the great mathematician.
The rest of the cast is fine, especially the always competent Ed Harris. I guarantee you will laugh, cry, cringe and shudder, and leave the theatre completely satisfied. If you want more information on Nash read the book.
There are some real suprises. Ron Howard made this a feel good movie about a genius...he's added a little sugar, and in so doing directed a marvelous film. Kudos to all!
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Russell Crowe and everyone associated with this movie got a standing ovation at the showing I attended. How refreshing it was to see a sensitive, serious drama that not only allows you to leave the theater understanding what happened, but feeling good, actually hopeful, that the hardships life deals you can be overcome with persistence, determination, and the support of family and friends.
This is the true story of John Nash, a Princeton student and brilliant mathematician who is treated for schizophrenia. Crowe is magnificent as he battles his delusions (or are they real?) and has an excellent supporting cast in Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, Adam Goldberg and all involved. Bravo to Ron Howard for bringing this most interesting story of the 1994 Nobel Prize winner to the screen.
Dysfunction was never so poignant, empathy so heartfelt as for the beleaguered Nash and his loving wife who made the difficult decision to stand by him through a monumental crisis. Viewers are with the couple every step of the way from their initial meeting and awkward courtship to their often-troubled marriage.
The movie has classic lines such as Nash telling a friend that he is well-balanced because he has a chip on both shoulders. There is much humor to balance the sadness, much hope to combat the seemingly impossible situation.
In the end, it is the theme of battling your demons and overcoming the odds to lead a fulfilling life that makes you leave the theater feeling uplifted as a result of this movie. Definitely, one not to miss.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100th review! March 18, 2002
Russell Crowe plays John Forbes Nash, a brilliant schizophrenic in one of this years best film's. A Beautiful Mind dive's deep within the world of Nash's brain with more twist's than a roller-coaster. After the main secret is revealed, more thing's happen that question's what even you know. It makes the audience feel the lost assuredness of whether what we know is real or fake, and that is one of its many qualities. Ron Howard has always been a stand out with his films. From Apollo 13 to Willow, Ron Howard has developed into a director at the peak of his form.
Though Nash is Socially awkward, he manages to steal the heart of a student who is to become his wife. Played by Jennifer Connelly (yeah, Labyrinth) in a fine and realistic tone, Alisha falls in love with John Nash and hold's him up through his illness.
The Math depicted in A beautiful Mind was actual math, made to resemble the deteriorating illness from its less complicated measures to its chaotic and disoriented forms. Also, the math represent's his relationship's, which was an effort some filmmaker's wouldn't have taken. Leave it to Ron Howard.
In one of the first sequences in the film, there is a 360 degree steady-cam shot of John Nash, decifering codes for the FBI. This shot was done to represent the spinning wheels of Nash's mind. It was also my favorite shot in the movie. It caused an urgency and made an exciting feeling from what could have been just an ordinary scene.
The Math wasn't the only thing created from reality. The Therapy sessions and method's were well researched for authenticity. It was reported when John Nash (now 73) and his wife saw the film with Ron Howard, John couldn't watch these scenes, and his wife had tear's streaming down her face.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised the heck out of me December 31, 2002
I didn't want to watch this movie. The trailers were boring. The write-up on the DVD package lackluster and dull. When my roommate bought a copy I did everything I could to avoid watching. And for several weeks I did just that. Then came the night that I ran out of excuses. I had nothing else to do, and no other movies that I hadn't seen, so A Beautiful Mind when into the machine. And after ten minutes I was hooked. Russell Crowe really lets his acting abilities shine in this film, and Ron Howard's direction is perfect. I sat through the entire film mesmerized, and tears came to my eyes as John Nash fought back from a schizophrenia that would have incapacitated most anyone else. What a triumph! What a hero! What a role model to anyone who feels overwhelmed by their physical or mental limitations! I walked away from the movie knowing that if John Nash could find success despite an illness of that magnitude, I could overcome anything that life throws at me. There are few movies that stay with you the rest of your life, but this is one that I know I will remember forever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever.
My new all time favorite. Russell Crowe is so endearing. I've watched it about four times this week, and I keep crying every time.
Published 1 day ago by D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent movie. Great dialogue. Incredible story.
Excelent movie. Great acting. Russell Crowe is amazing portraying the life of Prof. Nash. Jeniffer Conelly does an amazing job too.
Published 1 day ago by Jehu Corrales
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is stunning
This movie is so original, beautifully acted and directed. The main character is a genius, yet fragile given his mental condition. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Barbara Ditenhafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
This is a must see if you have loved ones or friends or family in similar situations. Very revealing and enlightening.
Published 2 days ago by Gayla Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Great understanding of how schizophrenic behavior can effect a family. The way to deal with this disorder is not just one way.
Published 3 days ago by Justina Geter
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Movie
This movie is so intriguing and just great performances!
Definite one to watch ... I have seen it several times
Published 5 days ago by Gillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!!
A must watch for everyone!!! Great movie to watch and gives insight into a disease that affects many people in the world.
Published 6 days ago by S. W. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
This is a very thought provoking story of a man battling paranoid schizophrenia and how it affected his family and those around him. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Judy C. Hames
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind was a very compelling story of the life of a mathematical genius, who it turns out was schizophrenic, and how he lived with this diagnosis and went on to achieve... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rhonda O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Amazing! I loved it! I would def recommend this movie to everyone! I could watch it over and over again!
Published 6 days ago by Sarah Hocking
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