Beautiful Mind, A (2001, USA) C-135m. *** D: Ron Howard. Starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Judd Hirsch. Very well-directed biographical drama about real-life Math genius John Nash, whose schizophrenia prevented him from having a proper career. He imagined himself being part of a clandestine post-WW2 operation and his social life suffered immensely. Crowe's performance brought him the Academy Award. Other Oscars went to director Howard, supporting actress Connelly, producers Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Score by James Horner, photography by Roger Deakins.

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