A Beautiful Mind (film)

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film directed by Ron Howard. Written by Akiva Goldsman, its screenplay was inspired by Sylvia Nasar's 1997 biography of the mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe as Nash, 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 Nash's days as a graduate student at Princeton University. Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while watching the burden his condition brings on his wife Alicia and friends.

A Beautiful Mind
North American theatrical release poster
Directed byRon Howard
Written byAkiva Goldsman
Based onA Beautiful Mind
by Sylvia Nasar
Produced by
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited by
Music byJames Horner
Distributed by
  • Universal Pictures[1]
    (North America)
  • DreamWorks Pictures[1]
Release dates
  • December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) (Beverly Hills premiere)
  • December 21, 2001 (2001-12-21) (United States)
Running time
135 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$58 million[2]
Box office$316.8 million[2]

A Beautiful Mind was released theatrically in the United States on December 21, 2001. It went on to gross over $313 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Connelly. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, and Best Original Score.

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