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Drama - Family

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Duration2h 15m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: 
Source of storyInspired by real events and a book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar
DirectorRon Howard
Writers/ScriptAkiva Goldsman
StarringRussell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Judd Hirsch, Russell Gibson
RatingsIMDb: 8.2 by 829, 790 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 75% by 212 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: John Nash is a mathematical genius who gains a place at Princeton where he makes a considerable impact as he addresses previously unsolved problems. He meets and falls in love with Alicia but his domestic and professionalsituations are thretened when he takes on work for the government trying to find codes in commercial publications. He is protected by a secret service agent, and associates with his former room mate and daughter, but when he is hospitalised we find that these people are figments of his imagination and he has developed a whole world within which he exists. Can he ever find his way back to sanity?

Content: There is no sex or nudity, but a lot of smoking and a bit of drinking at times.  We see John Nash being extremely clever as he chalks equations onto the boards and also writes on the windows (why?). Then he is recruited by the mysterious government agent and this results in him looking for codes in magazines and posting envelopes into a secret mailbox, and then escaping with the agent in a shoot out. He and Alicia, marry, have a child and live in a clapboard house where John sits about, particularly when on medication. Then he is able to work again and is given a Nobel Prize where he makes a speech.

A View:  This film won four Oscars including Best Film and Best derived screenplay. Jeniffer Connelly won Best Actress in a Supporting role and Russell Crowe was nominated for Best Actor. It is No 138 on the IMDb Top Rated list. I had a look at the reviewers who did not like it and their objection is that while the film is supposed to be about John Nash, it dwells in the main, in a fictional world, which is in many ways sanitised and dramatised for our enjoyment. But all that being said, it is a film, and a good one so probably worth the cost of a download.

Additional Info: Nash and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a car accident in 2015. His real life story is worth a view. Much information available on the internet.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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