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A Beautiful Mind/Cinderella Man [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.7
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (45 out of 45)

Special Features

  • A Beautiful Mind features:
  • Deleted scenes
  • A beautiful partnership: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
  • Development of the screenplay
  • Meeting John Nash
  • Casting Russeell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly
  • The process of age progression
  • Inside A Beautiful Mind
  • Feature commentaries with director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
  • And more!
  • Cinderella Man features:
  • Feature commentaries with director Ron Howard, and co-writers Akiva Goldsman and Cliff Hollingsworth
  • The fight card: casting Cinderella Man
  • Pre-fight preparations
  • Cinderella Man music featurette
  • For the record: a history in boxing
  • Lights, camera, action: the fight from every angle
  • Braddock vs. Baer fight footage
  • Russell Crowe's personal journey: becoming Jim Braddock

Synopsis

A Beautiful Mind
The true story of prominent mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. is the subject of this biographical drama from director Ron Howard. Russell Crowe stars as the brilliant but arrogant and conceited professor Nash. The prof seems guaranteed a rosy future in the early '50s after he marries beautiful student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and makes a remarkable advancement in the foundations of "game theory," which carries him to the brink of international acclaim. Soon after, John is visited by Agent William Parcher (Ed Harris), from the CIA, who wants to recruit him for code-breaking activities. But evidence suggests that Nash's perceptions of reality are cloudy at best; he is struggling to maintain his tenuous hold on sanity, and Alicia suspects a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. Battling decades of illness with the loyal Alicia by his side, Nash is ultimately able to gain some control over his mental state, and eventually goes on to triumphantly win the Nobel Prize. Based loosely on the book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind (2001) co-stars Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer, and Judd Hirsch. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cinderella Man
The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe - John Forbes Nash, Jr.
  • Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly - Alicia Nash
  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris - William Parcher
  • Paul Bettany
    Paul Bettany - Charles Herman
  • Adam Goldberg
    Adam Goldberg - Sol

Overall Customer Rating

4.7 (45 Reviews)
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