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A Beautiful Mind [Blu-ray] [2001] [Region Free]

Russell Crowe , Jennifer Connelly    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Danish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Castilian, Finnish, Dutch, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074GV1GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Beautiful Mind manages to twist enough pathos out of John Nash's incredible life story to redeem an at-times goofy portrayal of schizophrenia. Russell Crowe tackles the role with characteristic fervor, playing the Nobel prize-winning mathematician from his days at Princeton, where he developed a groundbreaking economic theory, to his meteoric rise to the cover of Forbes magazine and an MIT professorship, and on through to his eventual dismissal due to schizophrenic delusions. Of course, it is the delusions that fascinate director Ron Howard and, predictably, go astray. Nash's other world, populated as it is by a maniacal Department of Defense agent (Ed Harris), an imagined college roommate who seems straight out of Dead Poets Society, and an orphaned girl, is so fluid and scriptlike as to make the viewer wonder if schizophrenia is really as slick as depicted. Crowe's physical intensity drags us along as he works admirably to carry the film on his considerable shoulders. No doubt the story of Nash's amazing will to recover his life without the aid of medication is a worthy one, his eventual triumph heartening. Unfortunately, Howard's flashy style is unable to convey much of it. --Fionn Meade

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After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just See This Film 5 Nov 2002
Format:DVD
There's nothing that quite stirs the soul more than a true life story of courage, tragedy and love. In this film director Ron Howards puts to screen the story of Professor John Nash (Russell Crowe), a genius mathematician who with the help of his wife (Jennifer Connelly) overcomes his mental illness.
I did have doubts about the film when I first sat down to watch it, I thought it was going to be lots of tears followed by lots of friendly hugging, but Howard has directed a film that is well balanced letting the viewer have sympathy with Nash but also learn about mental illness in a scoiety that still struggles to fully understand what people like him are going through. Howard sets these questions while never getting too heavy into the politics and instead concentrates on the struggles of the characters involved.
The performances by all involved are truly stunning, Crowe plays Nash with a particular shyness which develops throughout the film from his days of graduation, to his (supposed) working life and then finally to his struggle to cope with his mental illness. Connelly plays a character that is equally as tormented as Nash, and who like him has to defend the love she really feels for him as both characters show similar courage.
It would be wrong to discuss Nash's mental illness without ruining half of the film, if you do not know what it is about then you would be surprised by the turn of events as Howard cleverly tricks the audience. However, this is not just a one time watch, whenever I have sat down to watch the film I have noticed small touches here and there. Though my favourite part of the film is towards the end when Nash day by day struggles to cope, the character development is superb and it is scandalous that Crowe was not awarded an Oscar for this performance, because in all honesty I don't think he will ever have a better performance as he did as Professor John Nash.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Film for a Beautiful Mind 7 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
I first saw the film, not at the cinema, but when my parent's rented the DVD. My mother, at the time studying for a nursing degree, was encouraged to watch the film by one of her tutors, who apparently told her it was an "excellent portrayal of a schizophrenic mind". I think this is testimony to the skill with which Crowe, especially, plays brilliant but troubled mathematician John Nash.
The film garnered four Academy Awards, and, had it not been for the competition from the first of the Lord of the Rings films, this number would almost certainly have been larger. In particular, there is conjecture that Crowe's notorious bad-temper at an earlier ceremony cost him his award for best actor in a leading role. In my view, his portrayal of John Nash deserved the award, rather than Denzel Washington's appearance as a corrupt Narcotics cop in Training Day. Certainly, Crowe was spot on with the mannerisms and temperament of a schizophrenia sufferer, playing the part with a tension of volatility with was felt throughout the film.
Howard's direction was, as we have come to expect, wonderful. Indeed, it won him an Academy Award, a surprise, as many critics had tipped Peter Jackson to storm to victory that year. Howard draws brilliant performances from each of the cast, and, despite the dream-like nature of many of the sequences in the film, there's an almost heightened sense of realism.
There isn't a poor performance to pick. Each supporting actor and actress gives a smashing account of themselves. The sinister government agent in black suit and hat, who's name eludes me right now, is brilliant throughout. Nash's loyal colleague's Sol and Bender put in laudable shows. Admittedly, there's not much strenuous acting to be done, but they do whatever they have to do, and they do it well.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful acting! 30 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
If you asked me before I had seen this film if I thought Russell Crowe was capable of acting this role, I would have had serious doubts. Now that I have seen it, I can only say that Russell Crowe's portrayal of John Nash is one of the most deserving of an Oscar that I have ever seen!
The film is based on the life of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who struggled with mental illness for much of his life. There is a large injection of fiction into the story, but it is done in a way that is wholly believable. As usual, Hollywood insists on adding a love story, but this one is not too sugary, and the excellent performance of Jennifer Connelly makes this a very moving film, with an ending that you spend the whole film hoping for.
Crowe's performance is so believable, especially when he is in the depths of his illness. The rest of the supporting cast do a fine job too, and Ron Howard's direction is the right balance of seeing the illness both from the inside and the outside.
A five star performance from Crowe!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind" is a tragic and inspiring masterwork that showcases one of the most impressive acting performances in recent memory. If there were still any lingering doubts as to the extent of Russell Crowe's acting prowess, this film dashed them all.
John Nash (Crowe) is a brilliant mathematician who makes an amazing breakthrough in his field while a student at Princeton. After graduating, he teaches at M.I.T. while working for the federal government as a code-breaker. He begins a relationship with a graduate student (Jennifer Connelly) and soon they are married and settled into a quiet domestic life. However, Nash soon starts to see patterns and associations of information everywhere and it is soon discovered that he is suffering from schizophrenia. Serious questions as to his perceptions of the real world, both in the past and in the present, must now be confronted.
Virtually all aspects of "A Beautiful Mind" work beautifully. Howard's confident direction and the strong lead performances by Crowe and Connelly is the glue that holds the entire production together. However, the important contributions made by supporting actors Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, and Christopher Plummer, composer James Horner, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman should also be acknowledged. "A Beautiful Mind" furthermore deserves credit for not sentimentalizing Nash's struggle against mental illness. The darker aspects of his tortuous road to recovery are not avoided and are unflinchingly presented warts and all. It is a credit to Crowe's talent that we come to know John Nash so well and come to care so much for him. Nash's life is an amazing story and "A Beautiful Mind" is an amazing recounting of it.
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Rusell Crowe is just amazing in this film - he should of definitely got the oscar for his performance. Great film.
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One of my favourite films - absolutely stunning. I didn't see the twist coming at all and won't ruin it here. Amazing film, moves me to tears every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Story Behind This Film
Competition" is a Matrix Archetype. However, against it is Economics Nobel Prize Winner John Nash who proved mathematically that "Cooperation is superior to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film.
I love this film, thought provoking, well directed and acted, superb plot and ending, it's just fantastic.
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Just bought and seen this film for the first time! A Beautiful Mind is beautifully acted and written. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film
Watch, get taken in, and Enjoy.
True stories are always gripping and this one more than most.
You will not be disappointed.
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