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A Beautiful Mind [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Ron Howard delivers his finest effort with his extraordinary film, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2001. Based loosely on Sylvia Nasar's acclaimed biography of mathematician John Forbes Nash, the film is a compelling look at one man's genius, his debilitating mental illness, and the fine line between the two. A BEAUTIFUL MIND begins with Nash (Russell Crowe) at Princeton, where he struggles to think of an original idea, and the stroke of genius that will make him matter. Nash is eccentric, socially awkward, and extremely competitive. Eventually, he finds the inspiration for his innovative and influential work on game theory. He's chosen for a post at MIT, which includes crucial code-breaking work for the US government. There, he meets a beautiful and brilliant student, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). They marry but their happiness is threatened, as Nash, belatedly diagnosed as schizophrenic, descends into madness. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman cannily condenses Nash's story, and the film manages to dramatize both Nash's mathematical brilliance and his schizophrenia in a compellingly visual manner. Crowe delivers a strong performance, and has real chemistry with Connelly. The two make the film's story about the power of love believable and moving.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 2001
    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 2001 Jennifer Connelly Oscar-winning American actress, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
    Academy Awards Best Director 2001 Ron Howard Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 2001 Akiva Goldsman

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  • Credits
    Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Adam Goldberg, Christopher Plummer, Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, Paul Bettany, Judd Hirsch, Anthony Rapp, Joshua Lucas, Josh Lucas
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Featuring] dynamic performances and extraordinary actor chemistry..."
    USA Today

    "...Mr. Crowe, with his superhuman powers of concentration, shows us a man who dwells almost entirely in an inner world, and he dramatizes that inwardness as if nobody were watching..."
    New York Times

    "...From the instant Crowe appears, it's clear this is to be a performance of faultless verisimilitude....Connelly's heart-rending performance is Best Supporting Actress material..."
    Total Film

    "...Director and screenwriter have found a way to convey the sensation of schizophrenia from the inside out....[An] important movie..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A BEAUTIFUL MIND's greatest strength is a beautiful performance by Russell Crowe..."
    Box Office

    "...Crowe brings the character to life....[He] has an uncanny ability to modify his look to fit a role..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...[Crowe] rises to the challenge of the role with fearless integrity. He's electrifying..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Consistently engrossing....This serious-minded but lively film is distinguished by an exceptional performance by Russell Crowe..."
    Variety

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