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Beautiful Mind, A
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by Erik Childress

"A Film With A Brain Is A Terrible Thing To Waste"
5 stars

A Beautiful Mind is the best evidence we may have to prove why the Oscars suck. Here we have one of the best films of the year, one destined to be nominated in multiple categories, big and small. It boasts what may be the best performance of the year by Russell Crowe (possibly the best of a career) and a directorial effort from Ron Howard that’s going to silence those remaining naysayers who still believe he’s not one of the best storytellers in the business. A cloud hovers over their Oscar chances however by a little big title that won five Oscars last year and that film is Gladiator.

Crowe trades in his battle armor for a pocket protector this time as John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who in 1947 was starting graduate studies at Princeton University. Nash likes to keep to himself, occasionally hanging out with fellow brains, but not quite the social communicator. Refusing to dull his mind by attending those pesky college things known as “classes”, Nash wanders and hides throughout the campus searching for his “original idea.” His fellow non-classmates mock his attempts, but his brash roommate and good friend, Charles (Paul Bettany) tries to relieve his stress through pizza and beer.

After months of nearly driving himself insane, Nash finds some clarity and winds up with a revolutionary game theory of mathematics. Given any placement he wants, Nash takes up at MIT where he teaches and occasionally takes trips to the Pentagon for rounds of codebreaking. His talents attract two very important people in his life. One is Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), a beautiful student of his whose ability to solve the simple logics of everyday life is a perfect match for Nash’s genius and societal inequalities. The other is William Parcher (Ed Harris), a government agent who introduces John to a whole new world of cloak and dagger.

As John’s assignments become increasingly more complex and suggestively more dangerous, his world takes a turn for the worse. He develops suspicions of people all around him, notably those in the black hats and big black cars. Crowe and Howard do a superb job in getting us inside Nash’s mind, how he crunches the numbers and the fear that consumes him. We feel his terror, and can understand how working for the government during the Cold War could lead someone to a bout with paranoid schizophrenia.

John’s life begins to spiral out of his own control and the audience continues to wonder who is truly on his side. Who is really trying to help him and why all of a sudden? Is it a conspiracy or something much darker and terrifying? Most extraordinary and heartbreaking is the way John, aware of the genius he possesses, tries to work through the problems on his own. Even for a man who can detect numerical patterns through infinite coded sources, this proves to be something almost impossible to do alone, turning Alicia into his white knight.

Many details of the real life story of John Nash have naturally been condensed or excised. An arrest for indecent exposure stemming from homosexual relationships, a prior relationship leading to a child out of wedlock before even meeting Alicia and a subsequent divorce from her before later taking him back as a border are all absent from A Beautiful Mind. Thus, in many ways, lends itself to the schizophrenic nature of making and reviewing a movie taken from prior source material and historical information. Even though a movie tells us a story in two hours, we may know something going in or find out something afterwards that may bring us closer to the real story and the real truth. There’s what you know and what you don’t know, but a movie is its own reality and should be judged accordingly.

And what a great movie it is. Academy members are going to be requesting second ballots to nominate it in as many categories as possible and probably slugging themselves in the genitals for giving Russell Crowe his first Oscar for Gladiator instead of this. If they could have held their water just one more year because, he’s a lock to be nominated for a third year in a row. But will voters be squeamish about giving him two in a row? They shouldn’t because Crowe’s work here many not just be the best of the year, but the best of his career. His transformation from a young, cocky asocial whiz to madness to recovery is flawless. Aided by some of the best subtle makeup work of the year, Crowe’s mannerisms and movement leaves nothing to our imagination that this is a man who has aged 50 years right before our eyes.

Jennifer Connelly is also a shoo-in nominee doing some of her best work as the long-suffering and long-loving Alicia. Connelly could have taken the easy way out with her career by just accepting roles that utilized her stunning beauty. But like Alicia, she hung in there, with both big and small parts in little known films and this is her springboard for greater rewards. Ed Harris, who always seems to be perfectly cast in every role he takes, is even more perfect as Parcher, a perfect amalgamation of Cold War paranoia and the atypical secret government agent. Listen closely to the way he throws around the phrasing of “the bomb.” The rest of the supporting cast is uniformly excellent, especially Paul Bettany (completely redeeming himself from this summer’s unwatchable A Knight’s Tale) as Nash’s loyal friend. Adam Goldberg, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Judd Hirsch, Austin Pendleton and Christopher Plummer are also all terrific in small, but crucial roles.

Even technical credits are perfectly A-list. Roger Deakins cinematography brings to life the earthy tones of the 1940s and the shadowy corners of the 50s. James Horner’s score (as nearly all of them do) recalls previous compositions of his. This one brings to mind the piano strains of Searching for Bobby Fischer, which in some ways is totally appropriate. Since that excellent film was about chess, it’s only fitting that Horner could aid another seemingly uninteresting and unfilmable subject (mathematics) and make it thrilling with beautiful music.

A Beautiful Mind almost seems to aid itself though at every turn. All the pieces are there and Ron Howard fits them all together as if playing the perfect game of Go. Howard has been making crowd-pleasing entertainment for decades now, maybe too crowd-pleasing for some of his harsher critics. In a world where good directors are usually either filmmakers or storytellers (only occasionally both), Howard has always been one of the best of the latter. With Apollo 13 and now A Beautiful Mind, Howard fits into that rare binary category of both and its time his detractors started recognizing that. Do not miss the opportunity to see this film because this Mind would be a terrible thing to waste.

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9/13/17 morris campbell harrowing but entertaining look at mental illness 5 stars
3/02/15 john lasseter fellowship of the ring should have won best picture, it also won best film in bafta 2001 1 stars
9/18/13 Annie G Poor portrayal of the condition - can't recommend. 3 stars
9/16/10 Stephanie Favorite movie ever. I notice new things every time I watch it. 5 stars
6/21/10 RLan I wanted to like this movie, but I just didn't. 2 stars
6/14/10 LINDA DOWDY This is one of my favorite movies...a don't think it got enough credit! 5 stars
2/16/10 DJ Loved it. shows so much about 1 problem most dont know about. 5 stars
3/02/09 Samantha Pruitt great preformances, i loved Jennifer Connelly in this! 5 stars
9/02/08 Shaun Wallner Interesting storyline. 3 stars
2/22/07 Weblynx sad, very sad but excellent and done well, great acting 5 stars
5/02/06 CrushU A great movie that shows how schizophrenia can be hard to diagnose, and treat. 5 stars
4/02/06 JRE it's really confusing, but still really good 4 stars
3/05/06 Wiseman Cinderella man was too quick, it was predictable, this was much better, Unique story 5 stars
9/02/05 Zack this is a very powerful movie 5 stars
8/27/05 Quigley russell crowe was incredible, but the story was lacking pace. cinderella man was better. 3 stars
8/12/05 ES No one i know liked this film= artsie and irrelevant, plus inaccurate to the real story 1 stars
6/27/05 dan movie was good because of jennifer 5 stars
6/04/05 Naka Without a doubt one of the most overrated films I've ever seen. Cloying and weak. 1 stars
5/10/05 Simon Russell Crowe sure is a deutsch in real life, but good god what a performance. 5 stars
4/03/05 Arlington Poad A Great Thriller 5 stars
3/25/05 Denise moving 4 stars
3/01/05 CanDance Walker Phenomenal movie & brilliant acting by Crowe 5 stars
2/20/05 david basile one of crowes better roles 5 stars
2/19/05 Carolyn Rathburn suspensefull, dramamtic, very well done 5 stars
2/19/05 Diane Stahlman DIFFERENT 4 stars
2/18/05 Sharon Davis a brillieant movie 5 stars
2/18/05 Shel An absolutely enthralling movie 5 stars
2/14/05 Carolyn Rathburn Love this intreging movie, Russell Crowe gave a great performance and keeps you wondering 5 stars
2/14/05 katrina burgess very good movie a little confusing toward the end 5 stars
2/14/05 Angela Saunders Great acting, nicely adapted story! 4 stars
2/12/05 Charlene Javier Crowe was robbed!!! 5 stars
2/11/05 Kenneth Flickstein Mr. Crowe plays the mad and brilliant mathematic genuis well. 5 stars
2/11/05 rebecca gilbert long movie, but really worth seeing 5 stars
1/13/05 Nick Boyd Very powerful movie with outstanding performances all-around 5 stars
12/10/04 Lucas Stensland Howard alters the truth not for the sake of art but for sake of ticket sales. 1 stars
11/03/04 William Combs Great movie! 5 stars
9/08/04 Naka Waaaay to self-important. 2 stars
8/16/04 Peter James It's difficult to make a film solely about acting entertaing and brilliant but this was 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Any movie with go in it deserves five stars! 5 stars
5/25/04 R.W. Welch Neatly constructed stranger-than-fiction tale with uniformly fine performances. 5 stars
5/15/04 Mitch A good film DESTROYED by its disgusting self-importance. Just couldn't like it. 2 stars
3/30/04 maleeha great movie with great choice of casts 4 stars
2/20/04 john very good film with exceptional performances - great story too! 5 stars
2/16/04 Chris I loved this movie so much and did not see the twist coming. One of the best movies ever!!! 5 stars
1/15/04 Keith Leon this film is so intensy moving and absorbing. it is a beauctiful mystery! I love it 5 stars
10/07/03 Alex Moulin Rouge worthy of Best Picture, give me a break!! 5 stars
9/23/03 Joesco Crowe excellent & Connelly good in a story I knew nothing of 4 stars
7/02/03 ND good movie, but not worth winning best picture in Oscar 4 stars
6/23/03 Pete B Richy Cunningham cant direct movies!!! 2 stars
6/04/03 Picky critic It would have been more interesting if the professor's delusions were not delusions 1 stars
5/25/03 John40 phony Hollywood biopic 1 stars
4/19/03 Dillon Not as mainstream as you might think. Has a hook I've never seen in my life that shook me 5 stars
4/15/03 Jack Bourbon If you're gonna get inside the mind of a genius, musn't you be a genius to understand it? 2 stars
3/12/03 Shadaan After all the hype the film was a major let down 3 stars
3/02/03 John Somewhat inspiring, but moreso overrated 4 stars
2/01/03 Sam Tan It's good teaching material to my students. 5 stars
12/30/02 Jack Sommersby Gives formulaic Hollywood fare a very good name. 4 stars
11/03/02 Rob I had trouble staying awake! 3 stars
10/23/02 Phil M. Aficionado I'm schizo about it. Great acting, but not accurately portrayed. I' ll take "Biography" 4 stars
9/28/02 Peter Sherlock Bland boring bullshit. Another marketing triumph. 1 stars
9/24/02 Ken Deserved Best Picture Oscar. LOTR? Cliched and overrated. 4 stars
8/31/02 Judy Amazing film. I agree that the reasons for Alicia staying with Nash are unclear, but still. 5 stars
8/25/02 The Bomb 69 Crowe should not have won for Gladiator and should have won for this, Oscar sucks!!! 5 stars
8/13/02 Bryan Brooks Crowe=Oscar rob. 4 stars
8/04/02 David Great show, Russel Crowe was brilliant as Dr. Nash 4 stars
7/29/02 The Truth The only Oscar this movie should have received is for Russel Crowe who saved this movie 4 stars
7/27/02 sdjfsdkjf seems the oscars loved everything about the film except Crowe. They glossed over the facts. 4 stars
7/24/02 Vivian Cohn Amazing movie and excellent acting 5 stars
7/20/02 Film Guy Wow what an extremely good movie 4 stars
7/19/02 Valerie Cameron Jennifer Connelly deserved her Oscar, even if she does pick her nose. Crowe was ROBBED! 5 stars
7/10/02 BrodieMan Wow. 5 stars
7/02/02 Justin It's awesome! 5 stars
6/27/02 Kyle Akiva Goldsman shocked us all. 5 stars
6/01/02 Chris I watch in awe and wondered how do you make a film this perfect. 5 stars
5/25/02 Danielle Ophelia AKIVA GOLDSMAN wrote this? Mother fucking a. It's Ron Howard's triumph, though, no doubt. 4 stars
5/20/02 Shrike Pretty good although it overstayed its welcome 4 stars
5/20/02 prem Yet another laurell for Russel's crown 5 stars
5/17/02 Kat Balue HBOTIS is a jackass. No decline in the works for Rusty, thx for the concern tho! 5 stars
5/17/02 viking you've got no taste, hbotis. Russell Crowe should have won back to back oscars !!! 5 stars
5/14/02 hbotis@hotmail.com The rapid decline of Russell Crowe. What's the point? 2 stars
4/26/02 Ivy S. Basitan Great movie! 4 stars
4/20/02 summer oh please this is just a moneymaking movie don't dare call it a film 1 stars
4/17/02 Priscilla Postlethwaite Jennifer Connelly got best-deserved Oscar of year; I don't care if she DOES pick her nose. 5 stars
4/11/02 Nick Green Weinberg should be reminded that Nash cracks a Russian code, not a German one. 5 stars
4/10/02 Mitja Podgajski Oh yeah. Such movies we need. 5 stars
4/06/02 Jessi Ron Howard does a awesome job showing the world about this dieses we should learn from this 5 stars
4/05/02 jeanne since when does Hollywood ever give a true account of anything,this film was no different. 4 stars
4/05/02 :) i can't believe people thought russelle's acting was worthy of an oscar!shameshameshame 1 stars
4/03/02 Ron Sorry I just didn't like any of the people, I felt the film maker was manipulating me. 1 stars
4/03/02 Katherine B. "A Beautiful Movie!" Amazing acting, script etc. Everything went right. www.modamag.com 5 stars
4/02/02 Joe Merc Mind illustrates the power of delusions- very realistically 5 stars
4/02/02 slick Slow, boring, contrived, hardly factual. The 'anti-semetic' truth should've been in it. 3 stars
3/31/02 Magnum Craphole Then leave, disillusioned. Maybe that will make the Internet a little better. 2 stars
3/30/02 malcolm Washington got the 'about-time' vote from the academy. Crowe got it last year. 5 stars
3/28/02 Renee Keener Jennifer C. got year's only deserved acting Oscar. Love her even if she does pick her nose! 5 stars
3/26/02 A Faithful Fan - JJ I'm ashamed the academy gave the oscar to DW. RC deserved it hands down! 5 stars
3/26/02 Chris ¿¡ It is the best picture of the year. It's moving, wonderful, and profoundly thought. 5 stars
3/26/02 disillusioned In a phrase: John & Alicia Nash were satisfied with the film. Internet= ignorant freak show 5 stars
3/25/02 Jessica Davis Who couldn't prefer portrayal of John Nash to a dickhead scumbag cop? ACADEMY EATS SHIT! 5 stars
3/24/02 Tomper I smell an Oscar for Ronnie 4 stars
3/24/02 Iris Dementia Praecox Good, but was Marcee imaginary from the start, or only after she should've been bigger? 4 stars
3/22/02 Monster W. Kung Yeah, not even average. This over Memento is final proof about the stupidity of the Oscars. 2 stars
3/20/02 lucy fur they were outta their Minds when they nominated this piece of crap 1 stars
3/18/02 Joe Long and tedious. A downer. 2 stars
3/13/02 Miguel Angel an excellent film 5 stars
3/11/02 louie its fantastic, Russell Crowe's best ever 5 stars
3/10/02 Connie Mulford Much more satisfying than I expected - however, the ending was corny and so 'Hollywood.' 5 stars
3/07/02 The Rock Can you smell what the Crowe is cooking. 5 stars
3/04/02 Joan This movie made me laugh and cry. Terrific acting and cudos to Ron Howard & Akiva Goldsman 5 stars
3/04/02 simon it's a product of an unbeautiful minds - another hollywood farce 1 stars
3/03/02 John Delaprut Unexpected great performance by R. Crowe. 5 stars
3/01/02 Alan Smithee Other than the beautiful Jennifer Connely's great performance, this movie sucked. 2 stars
2/28/02 Sular Floredana Laura A great film and a GREAT Russel Crowe 5 stars
2/26/02 Monster W. Kung A very average movie. Good acting, overdone sentimentality, not-so-true story. 3 stars
2/25/02 Bertha Venation Dickhead below wouldn't know the truth if it stood up in his Cheerios 5 stars
2/22/02 carol A truly excellent movie. It draws you in and takes you on an exciting ride. 5 stars
2/21/02 Monique Lalonde Sure Oscar win for Russell Crowe 5 stars
2/20/02 natasha traditional, old-fashioned Hollywood treatment of a fascinating subject; good performances 4 stars
2/18/02 suzieq russell crowe is truly amazing 5 stars
2/17/02 Eduardo Del Valle A stunning trip through thre mind of a schizophrenic genius. Amazing, unforgettable. 5 stars
2/17/02 Bert Wonderfully realistic look at different faces of madness. Great Movie. 5 stars
2/14/02 Michael Votto Best Film of the Year! 5 stars
2/13/02 Martine Morency Typical Hollywood melodrama. Crowe's performance not believable...a muscled mathematician? 3 stars
2/12/02 Patrick Blindauer Shooting in sequence really paid off for the performances - so theatrical 5 stars
2/12/02 anonymous Overall, good but not great. The love story, however, is one of the most moving I've seen. 4 stars
2/12/02 Kay Ann Just plain wonderful 5 stars
2/10/02 Mark Loved It. Also nizam aziz is a dumb ass. 5 stars
2/06/02 AgentDS Anyone who said Crowe did not deserve his Oscar can bite me! 5 stars
2/06/02 Margaret The most amazing film I've ever seen! 5 stars
2/06/02 nizam aziz is it awesome?! how this film can get the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD. 'SAY NO' TO ACADEMY AWARD 1 stars
2/05/02 Shayla M. Incredible!! Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly have no flaws 5 stars
2/05/02 Albrect von Steikell Ya, the numbers will drive u insane... 5 stars
2/04/02 bobo justus whitewashed and dull story, but crowe makes it watchable. poor attention to period detail. 3 stars
2/03/02 S. Larsen Most memorable - so well crafted 5 stars
2/03/02 Rb excellent, will see it again and read the book to determine the missing information 5 stars
1/31/02 satex Fantastic in every way! Russell Crowe = Best actor EVER! 5 stars
1/31/02 rnmina GREAT movie 5 stars
1/31/02 Me Two Worth the price of admission to see Jennifer Connelly in anything, even this. 4 stars
1/29/02 W amazing 5 stars
1/28/02 jld incredible. best performance ever by all three main characters. good to see paul bettany. 5 stars
1/28/02 C. Ervin Excellent movie!! Superb acting 5 stars
1/28/02 Dave great movie 5 stars
1/27/02 Flick Chick very good, but not a masterpiece. 4 stars
1/27/02 Deborah Winter After leaving the theater I continue to think about this film. I enjoyed the movie! 5 stars
1/24/02 Brindlescruff Very insincere, sorry, don't like it 2 stars
1/24/02 Sparky Polastri Maximus, Opie and Jennifer -- get those speeches ready 5 stars
1/22/02 LeaLea unbelievably clever and inspiring 5 stars
1/22/02 Dan Russel Crowe's performance is one of the best ever on the silver screen and the movie rules 5 stars
1/22/02 kishuta Exellent performances. Entertaining if limited look at a very interesting person. 4 stars
1/21/02 Andrew Carden If Not For Ron Howard, This Movie Would Be Total Crap. 3 stars
1/20/02 devereuxxx@earthlink.net Not the book, but the book lacked JENNIFER C. 4 stars
1/18/02 Suzz good film but Crowe's performance was clownish 4 stars
1/15/02 Aliya This movie was simply magnificent. Definitely oscar worthy. 5 stars
1/14/02 The Man It was not as good as expectations because of overhype, but still very good. 4 stars
1/14/02 puckfreak Good movie...JC roxors my boxors! 4 stars
1/13/02 KCobain Astounding! 5 stars
1/13/02 Carly Plays out like a Ron Howard movie. Manipulative, trite. Why was Nash a genius? 3 stars
1/12/02 Gay Tooth Fairy A damn good movie. Toe to toe with Denzel in Training Day we'll see. 5 stars
1/07/02 F Panucci Departs from the true story, excellent anyway 5 stars
1/07/02 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Dissapointing that the gay & racist themes were deleted from the film. 3 stars
1/07/02 silent excellent excuse to stare at jennifer connelly. 5 stars
1/06/02 ellas What a great Movie!! Crowe deserves the Oscar 5 stars
1/05/02 specialK Oscar winning work from Crowe 5 stars
1/05/02 night unkempt riveting, great timing, and never boring. crowe became the story and lost all ego. 3 stars
1/04/02 raiven Great script, very well acted. Jennifer, I adore you, but you're so thin now! 5 stars
1/04/02 Mr Guy He didn't deserve it last year. This year he does. 5 stars
1/04/02 hi eh 2 stars
1/03/02 Matt Utt This movie stinks worse than Joe Stark's body odor!!!!!!! 1 stars
1/03/02 Clarance Outstanding acting, and WOAH! Jennifer Connelly!!!! 4 stars
1/02/02 David Headrick Good movie, not based on fact as presented, though. 4 stars
1/01/02 AC in DC Awesome. Best screen portrayal of mental illness I've ever seen, and in context 5 stars
1/01/02 Ross Nickow Gave a taste of what his mental disorder must have been like. Beautiful acting. 5 stars
1/01/02 Marilyn S. Downer Russell Crowe proves convincingly he is 'the best actor of his generation'. 5 stars
1/01/02 Claudia Rosenthal ABM is a wonderful film and Russell Crowe's performance is absolutely brilliant. 5 stars
1/01/02 Dave Markley One of the finest films I have seen, Period. Academy Award winning performance by Crow. 5 stars
12/31/01 D Pearson Excellent 5 stars
12/31/01 Corazon Gemil, M.D. Inspiring, entertaining. I am in awe at Crowe's talent. 5 stars
12/31/01 Pam Mravic Moving, inspiring, superb acting and direction. 5 stars
12/31/01 Lynne M. Butler The movie A Beautiful Mind is as concise and unexpected as an elegant proof. 5 stars
12/31/01 kcsusan "A Beautiful Mind" is the best movie of the year, starring genius actor Russell Crowe 5 stars
12/31/01 Sophy Lewis An astounding tour de force by Crowe and Connelly; a must-see and re-see! 5 stars
12/31/01 shannon a great , emotionally driven, movie !!! 5 stars
12/31/01 E Carrozza Russell Crowe is the best actor of this century. The movie keep you for two hours spellbou 5 stars
12/30/01 poetchuck I hate Russel Crowe but he is brilliant here 5 stars
12/30/01 Gibbo Highly inaccurate from a biographical perspective, but a good film 4 stars
12/30/01 jefftucson Crowe's acting is breathtaking. 5 stars
12/29/01 Kara You will be thinking about this movie for days after. 5 stars
12/29/01 Artist Freak Crowe's best performance ever, in a brainy and emotional movie with a great supporting cast 5 stars
12/28/01 Pat Bjorklund Russell Crowe's performance is extraordinary beyond words. And the film is excellent! 5 stars
12/28/01 Jerrrr A Solid Tear-Jerker, But The Events Do Not Stir You and it is ultimately Forgettable 3 stars
12/27/01 LC A n incredible film and an even more incredible performance by Russell Crowe. 5 stars
12/26/01 MF If you're going to do a biography, it helps if you don't make things up! 1 stars
12/26/01 Bada Bing Crosby Just incredible! 5 stars
12/26/01 Shawn Burden This movie fucking rules! 5 stars
12/26/01 Susan Winnie "A Beautiful Mind" is a showcase performance by Russell Crowe, as John Forbes Nash Jr. 5 stars
12/25/01 Peggy Guinan Profound performance by Russell Crowe .One of his best. 5 stars
12/25/01 Bobbie Outstanding. Crowe is brilliant. 5 stars
12/24/01 Ben An incredible film with incredible performances all around 5 stars
12/24/01 M. James Hill A handsomely crafted, entertaining, thought provoking, and touching film. 5 stars
12/23/01 La Belle Dominique A poignant, touching film. Mr. Crowe was absolutely awesome...just as I expected! 5 stars
12/22/01 Dianna Hastings Will stick with you long after you've seen it. 5 stars
12/22/01 Suzanne Berwind I was stunned but not surprised by Crowe's great acting or Howard's compassionate take. 5 stars
12/22/01 Joan King Outstanding! 5 stars
12/22/01 Mariah Bailey heart-wrenching yet humerous film...Russell Crowe blew me away 5 stars
12/22/01 Christine Nece Mesmorizing 5 stars
12/22/01 frank crowe, connelly, and howard all did their jobs very well 5 stars
12/22/01 Cindy Thought Russell Crowe wouldn't soon top his performance in The Insider, but he has. 5 stars
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