A Beautiful Mind


Release Date 2001-12-13
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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. It was inspired by a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The film stars Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles. The story begins in the early years of a young prodigy named John Nash. Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on his wife and friends. The film opened in the United States cinemas on December 21, 2001. It went to gross over $313 million worldwide and to win four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, and Best Original Score. It was well received by critics, but has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of some aspects of Nash's life, especially his other family and a son born out of wedlock. However, the filmmakers have stated that the film was not meant to be a literal representation.

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Actors & Characters

Russell Crowe Russell Crowe John Nash John Nash
Ed Harris Ed Harris Parcher Parcher
Jennifer Connelly Jennifer Connelly Alicia Nash Alicia Nash
Christopher Plummer Christopher Plummer Dr. Rosen Dr. Rosen
Paul Bettany Paul Bettany Charles Charles
Adam Goldberg Adam Goldberg Sol Sol
Josh Lucas Josh Lucas Hansen Hansen
Anthony Rapp Anthony Rapp Bender Bender
Jason Gray-Stanford Jason Gray-Stanford Ainsley Ainsley
Judd Hirsch Judd Hirsch Helinger Helinger


Roger Deakins Cinematography
Ron Howard Director
Mike Hill Editor
Daniel P. Hanley Editor
James Horner Music
Ron Howard Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Akiva Goldsman Writer