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Music Within (2007)

Rebecca De Mornay , Hector Elizondo , Steven Sawalich  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca De Mornay, Hector Elizondo, Ron Livingston, Yul Vázquez, Michael Sheen
  • Directors: Steven Sawalich
  • Producers: Brett Donowho
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013LRKYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Music Within" on IMDb

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Ron Livingston delivers the performance of a lifetime in this acclaimed film based on the incredible true-life story of Richard Pimentel. Deafened by a bomb blast in Vietnam, Richard (Livingston) returns home and discovers his life's calling: helping others with disabilities, including his fellow veterans. Along with his bestfriend Art (Michael Sheen), a wheelchair-bound rebel with a wicked wit, Richard fights for the rights of those whose voices can't always be heard. Music Within is a powerful and inspiring journey that every American should take.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inner Visions and Revisions April 9, 2008
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Richard Pimentel knows what it is to be unwanted. That's the way life started with his mother (Rebecca De Mornay) whose multiple miscarriages led her into suicidal grief for each one's passing. So absorbed is she in her loss, she has little left to give to her only living son. (The narrative is crisp through the movie, as he observes that his mother was "...not successful at suicide, but she was punctual.") His father is a Chinese restauranteur, who provides some stability in the boy's life until he passes away from a work-related accident. Then, mom changes custody for him from her to relatives and back to her again.

Richard becomes eloquent in spite of it all. He develops his speech skills enough to win trophies, but not enough to win a scholarship from Portland (WA) University. Dr. Pedro gives him a try out, but his conviction doesn't match his delivery.

His solution is to join the Army where he volunteers and becomes an enlistee for the Vietnam War. One night while celebrating and reverie with his fellow soldiers, a shell pierces the night sky, but they aren't able to evacuate in time. The blast leaves Richard injured, especially with hearing loss. One of the masterstrokes of the movie is how they relate the muffled sounds of speech and the perpetual ringing in the ears he experiences and is expected to live with for the rest of his life.

Coming home, he has disability support, but he needs so much more. He comes across a counselor who gives no support or consolation about job opportunities, but his anger and determination keep him going. Like nearly everyone else, he'd like to relate to others and be a productive and working member of society.

The people he meets from there are essential.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Touching April 9, 2008
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This movie was a surprise for me. Movies dealing with the ADA or IDEA or 504 are often dry and dull. They want to express the somber times people with disabilities were struggling through, which is commendable, but makes for dry cinema. Music Within is funny, witty, sarcastically vulgar. It made me laugh out loud.

For a person who works with people with disabilities, I have experienced first-hand how humor can get you through the tough times. Sometimes you need to just laugh! Laugh at yourself, your situation, the irony, and everything you can't control. This movie embodies that sentiment!

This movie should be required viewing. It brings about a troubling topic in such a stark, wonderful, charming way! Pimentel's CP friend is an incredible supporting character as well. Do yourself a favor- if you want to combine a great chuckle and enlightenment on the former (or not so former) plight of the disabled- check this out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Within April 9, 2008
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful film. We were actually fortunate enough to have Mr. Richard Pimentel come speak at our school this past Summer. His story is amazing and worth the watch. It is a shame that every theatre in the country didn't show this amazing movie which showcases the creation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This is a must see. I really enjoyed the special features but of course since we heard Mr. Pimentel speak, we heard much more of the speech that is featured on the DVD. It is a shame they didn't show the speech in its entirety because his story is truly inspiring. I wish the movie were longer because when it's over, you don't want it to be finished but it's worth viewing. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
I love this movie. Everyone should watch this to see how far we have come in our attitudes towards people with disabilities, especially from the atrocious 'Ugly Laws' that were... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kanga
5.0 out of 5 stars great, must see and own
great movie, toughing true story
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Crowley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a good movie, strong language but liked it. Thanks
Published 3 months ago by SRJsinc
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISED ENJOYMENT FOR A DIFFICULT VENUE, WELL DONE PRODUCTION
THIS PRODUCTION WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE AND A TRIBUTE TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS WHO WERE LEFT IN THE COLD BY THE &^)*&#% POLITICIANS.
Published 3 months ago by Charles Fabrycky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my FAV movies!
Published 3 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable story of an American hero!
Loved this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Feel Good Movie
I absolutely love this movie. It is just so well done. Michael Sheen is such a phenomenal and versatile actor. I do believe he maybe the best in the Sheen family in my opinion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melissa Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring movie!
Wonderful, inspiring true story ......everyone should see it! Only reason I didn't give it five stars is that it is a little hard to follow at first .
Published 4 months ago by Jeanne Dewey
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid surprise of a movie
I really didn't know a thing about this movie and what a great surprise it was. It is based on a true experience of a Viet Nam vet who was wounded during his service via an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by charles sparky goodrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great movie.
I had to watch this movie for an Ethnic Studies class I was taking. I was really impressed, and I actually enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aron Graham
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I agree! We watched the movie and I sang along the whole way! I really wanted to buy the soundtrack!
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