A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind

        A Beautiful Mind is the story of John Nash (Russell Crowe), a talented mathematician, stricken with a mental illness while at the height of his career. He is diagnosed with Schizophrenia, a disease of the mind. Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling and emotionally devastating illnesses known to man. Even though there is no cure for schizophrenia it is a very treatable disease. Most of those afflicted by schizophrenia respond to drug therapy, and many are able to lead productive and fulfilling lives. This movie is about a man's struggle to become sane again and continue with his life.
        The movie starts out when John Nash is a freshman at Princeton. He sets out to come up with an original idea of how he would be able to set himself apart from the rest of the class? He comes up with the idea, eventually graduates and is presented with a job at Wheeler, on the campus of MIT. He teaches and does small jobs for the government. He's called in to break a Russian code and he is swept away into the world of international conspiracy and is presented with a top-secret mission to find codes in various magazines like Life, Time, etc. - and report back to his handler, William Parcher (Ed Harris).
Everything seems to be going fine in John's life but one day everything falls apart. His cover is blown, John believes the Russians have discovered his work and have taken him to a secret mental institution. After being taken to the mental institution, he realizes he has a problem after he goes through shock therapy for months.
        Throughout the whole movie John's mind makes people up and he thinks they are real people but they are actually figments of his imagination. They cause him to have more problems and he is forced to block them out so he can live out the rest of his life in peace. After he does this at age 66 he is awarded the Noble Prize for his contributions to the theory of revolutionized economics. He stayed a teacher for quite some time and then retired. This shows to show that even though you have a problem that doesn't mean that the problem will hold you down from what you want.

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