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August Rush [DVD]

Freddie Highmore , Keri Russell , Kirsten Sheridan    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
  • Directors: Kirsten Sheridan
  • Writers: James V. Hart, Nick Castle, Paul Castro
  • Producers: Gabrielle Jerou, Lionel Wigram, Louise Goodsill, Miky Lee
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VXMVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Modern day fairytale drama that tells the story of a young musical prodigy seeking his birth parents. Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell) is a brilliant young cellist who has just finish performing a concert in New York City. She meets Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a charismatic Irish guitar player, at a party. It's a case of mutual love at first sight as they bond over their shared love of music. It's the most wonderful night in Lyla's life but she must rush back to the hotel where her father, Thomas (William Sadler), is waiting for her. Lyla has promised to meet Louis in Washington Square, but her father forces her to go to her next concert. The young lovers are cruelly separated and Lyla is now left with child. Tragically, Lyla is in a car accident and the unborn child is lost. Eleven years have passed when Lyla's father makes the death bed confession that he secretly gave her baby boy up for adoption. August Rush (Freddie Highmore) is the child who uses his magical, musical powers to try and track down the parents who unwittingly abandoned him...

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had a deam 14 April 2008
This DVD was sent to me as a surprise gift: when I saw what was inside the gift I was not really interested but eventually I decided to watch it
What a surprise! This film is like a dream where all impossible things are possible: where an abandoned baby is not destroyed by it but grows into a bright genial balanced boy, where that boy learns the guitar in a few hours and organ on the spot, where he ends up at Julliard in the composition class, where he writes his own music and conducts the premiere of it ....and I will not tell the conclusion as it would spoil it.
I loved it all: script, acting and of course the marvellous sound track...
So, I bought and got it sent to several friends and family as a surprise gift
So far every single person has been amazed and all enchanted by it
It fells so good to believe, for a short time, that a child can hold his destiny in his own hands; It feels so good when there is no two music categories; the " serious one" and the"trash"
Oliver danced and sung his sad life, August Rush listen and creates music in the quest of his parents.
I was also amazed by so many negative revues by professional critics; don't' they dream sometimes? Eventually a recommendation by one friend is the most enticing incentive.
I had a dream and when I woke up it felt good.
Don't rent it, own it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs realism?! 1 May 2008
By Lynnie
The story is totally implausible, Robin Williams is completely miscast and painful to watch and yet this is still one of the most beautiful and uplifting movies I have seen in a long time.

I went online and ordered the soundtrack about 30 minutes into it. If you enjoyed the music check out Newton Faulkner's 'Hand Built by Robots' he has a similar innovative style on the guitar and a a subtle humour to his lyrics you'd probably appreciate too.

Keep an open mind and watch this movie, you won't regret it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 26 May 2008
By cat444
I really enjoyed this film! It was like no other I have ever seen before (in a good way!) For me, it is the brilliant music that makes this film truly inspiring.

Having read a few of the other reviews, I cannot understand the people who gave this film 1 star. Perhaps a couple of them should have actualy watched the film all the way through and given it a chance before writing an review!! Some feel that the story is too unrealistic, where is your imagination!? Its a modern day fairytale, it is supposed to be a little far-fetched! But dont let this put you off, let yourself go with this film and may well find it quite an uplifting experience!

Perfect for a night in with friends/family and a big big box of chocolates!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Every once in a while a truly beautiful movie comes along that somehow blows you away to another world and gives you reason to hope in the impossible. That was my exact experience with this fantastic movie.

I was shocked to read that many critics gave this movie a good slating. I fail to understand how anyone can find fault with this movie. True to an extent the story is unrealistic and almost verging on the supernatural but why this should be a reason to fault a movie is beyond me. Look at movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. They're what you'd call complete fantasy and yet they are praised for the worlds they create.

The story may be simple but the simplicity of this movie is what makes it so appealing. The fact that this simple, innocent sotry of a young child hoping to communicate with his lost parents through his music despite the adversaries he faces is naturally endearing and bound to melt the coldest of hearts. Add to this a thought-provoking script and excellent acting and what more can you ask for? Freddie Highmore as young August Rush must be singled out for praise as despite not having much to say he manages to bring out the depth of his passion for music across so clearly. Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are equally brilliant as the parents managing to build up a very convincing chemistry despite having very little scenes together, while it is interesting to see Robin Williams play a slightly bad character for a change.

If I had to be overly picky about this movie I'd say that the music wasn't as outstanding as I'd hoped.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need to watch all the way through 30 July 2008
I have never written a review before, but I couldn't help myself after watching this film.

True, it does start out slow, but the middle and the end completely make up for it. It is wholly entrancing and it's such a joy to be able to forget reality for a moment and just believe in the fairytale. (Completely corny I know, but it seems to work for this film.)

I thought maybe it would just be for girls, but about 10 minutes in to my second viewing, my 15 year old brother wandered in and surprised me with getting extremeley involved in the film. I don't think I've seen him watch anything other than action films for a good many years, yet he (like me) was on his feet at the end, cheering on the characters.

Do not judge this film until you have watched it all the way through!
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