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Beautiful Mind, A

 

USA 2001, 130 minutes
Dir. Ron Howard
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama

Topics: Biopic, Mental Health, Period 1940s, Period 1950s, Academia.

 

Aroview: This ‘true story’ of mental illness in academia is the kind of earnest gloss that’s tailor made for the ‘Academy’, but its Oscar glory for Best Picture and Director rings kind of hollow when the film’s lynchpin, Russell Crowe, missed out for Best Actor.

He plays John Nash, a socially inept but gifted mathematics professor who suffered a life of schizophrenic delusions in the thick of McCarthy-era paranoia, but endured to eventually win a Nobel Prize. Recuperates after a flat first hour, yet despite the central performance and the high production values, this is no less simplistic than the average TV biopic.

Oscar - Best Picture 2002

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 1.78:1
 

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