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A Beautiful Mind

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:491
  1. Anthony David, professor of cognitive neuropsychiatry
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, London

    Directed by Ron Howard

    A film from Dreamworks Pictures/Universal Pictures/Image Entertainment

    UK release date: West End cinemas from 22 February, nationwide from 1 March

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    This film, “inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash,” is a true life fantasy. Nash is a lucky man. Firstly, he overcomes schizophrenia. Then he wins the Nobel prize for economics. And then he finds himself portrayed by Hollywood's hottest heartthrob, Russell Crowe.

    The setting is the Ivy League universities on the east coast of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, a time when science and mathematics were sexy. Einstein was the campus idol. The US psyche was, however, troubled. Lurking behind the optimism was the H bomb and the cold war. America's …

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