August Rush

Synopsis: The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Kirsten Sheridan
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
38
Rotten Tomatoes:
37%
PG
Year:
2007
114 min
$31,529,568
Website
2,811 Views


BOY:

Listen.

Can you hear it?

The music.

I can hear it everywhere.

In the wind...

...in the air...

...in the light.

It's all around us.

All you have to do is open yourself up.

All you have to do...

...is listen.

[MARK MANCINA'S

"WHEATFIELDS" PLAYING]

Hello, Porky. Where's your little friend?

-I don't know, Mr. Mannix.

-Go find him or your big butt's mine.

AUGUST:

Where I've grown up--

Evan!

PETER:

Evan!

--they tried to stop me

from hearing the music.

But when I'm alone...

...it builds up from inside me.

And I think if I could learn

how to play it...

...they might hear me.

They would know I was theirs...

...and find me.

MANNIX:

Knock, knock.

BOY 1:
Knock, knock.

MANNIX:
Knock, knock.

-Knock, knock.

BOY 2:
Wake up.

MANNIX:

Who's there? Who's there?

Freak. Freak.

-Said, knock, knock, freak.

-Who's there?

Your long-lost mommy and daddy.

Can you hear them?

Yes.

No, you can't.

I can.

You don't have no family.

You can't hear anything.

Say it.

-Say it.

BOY 1:
Say it. Say it.

MANNIX:
Say it.

BOY 2:
Say it.

MANNIX:
Say it.

BOY 1:
Say it.

Say it.

Yes...

...I can.

He doesn't hear anything.

BOY 3:

Yeah.

What is he?

He's a freak.

MANNIX:
Sweet dreams, freaks.

BOY 2:
Sleep tight.

-Good night.

BOY 1:
Don't let the bed bugs bite.

Sometimes the world

tries to knock it out of you.

But I believe in music...

...the way that some people

believe in fairy tales.

I like to imagine that what I hear

came from my mother and father.

Maybe the notes I hear...

...are the same ones they heard

the night they met.

Maybe that's how they found each other.

Maybe that's how they'll find me.

[BANGING ON DOOR]

MAN:

Louis. Louie, where are you?

-Lyla? She's here. What are you doing?

LYLA:
Dad.

They're waiting for us.

Hey, sit up straight, please.

Where are you, baby bro?

We didn't follow you from San Francisco

to play for free, man. Yeah?

We need this one, baby bro. All right?

I need this one.

THOMAS:

Don't forget to smile and look relaxed.

All right, not that relaxed.

Come on, come on.

I believe that, once upon a time...

...long ago...

...they heard the music and followed it.

[MARK MANCINA'S

"MAIN TITLE" PLAYING]

[SYMPHONY PLAYING JOHANN SEBASTIAN

BACH'S "PRELUDE FROM PARTITA NO. 3"]

[BAND PLAYING

JOHN ONDRASIK'S "BREAK"]

[SINGING]

I break

I borrow

I live

I lose

I pray

I'm hollow

I'm dead confused

I'll find you

Once you're here, you're never gone

Once you're here, you're never gone

Fallen from a night of cold

A piece of me that I can't hold

I love you as I lose you more

I break outside this open door

Catch me as I wash away

You'll catch me as I wash away

Well, catch me as I wash away

Oh, oh

Oh

Yeah

Don't

Don't wait, don't wait

I break

[CROWD APPLAUDING]

[DANIEL LEVY'S "THE SWAN"

PLAYING ON SPEAKERS]

MAN:
Not bad, Connelly. Not bad.

-Thanks very much, man.

Where's the main man?

Goddamn it, Louis. Just wait, man.

Louis? Louis, wait up, man.

LIZZY:

Girls, we are going to a party tonight.

It's a full moon,

you know what that means, right?

[WOMEN SCREAM]

[MARK MANCINA'S "CONFESSIONS

OF LOVE" PLAYING ON SPEAKERS]

LIZZY:

Lyla.

[HARMONICA PLAYS "MOONDANCE"

IN DISTANCE]

LOUIS:

It's a great sound, isn't it?

What are you doing?

Listening.

What are you doing?

-I just came up here to, um....

-Get away?

Have a seat.

Come on, be brave.

Front row, center.

Can you hear that?

What is that?

It's a wish.

Now, what does that sound like?

[SINGING] Well, it's a marvelous night

For a moondance

With the stars up above in your eyes

A fantabulous night to make romance

'Neath the cover of October skies

When I was a young fellow...

...I used to talk to the moon.

Are you making that up?

God, I haven't done that in a long time.

Does it ever talk back?

Well, it used to.

Now I just find myself on a roof

talking to myself...

...like a loon.

Just out here on me own.

Well, I'm here.

Yes, you are.

I'm Louis.

Lyla.

So, what's your story, Lyla?

I don't know. I'm just, um....

I'm just me.

What are you looking at?

You.

[MARK MANCINA'S

"5-NOTE WINDCHIMES" PLAYING]

MAN:

Next.

What did he want? What did you say?

You know, same old junk. New guy.

My name is Mr. Jeffries.

I'm with Child Services

for the state of New York.

[WIND CHIMES TINKLE]

Okay, Evan.

Born December 17th, 1995.

Legal adoption to New York Children's.

[WHISTLING]

How long have you been here, Evan?

Eleven years and sixteen days.

I've been counting.

That's a long time.

-How do you do that?

-Do what?

[BLOWS]

Well, it's just imitating the wind chimes.

[BLOWS]

[WHISTLES]

[WHISTLES]

[CHUCKLES]

You don't wanna be placed

with a real family?

-I have a family.

-Yes, you do.

I mean, you have parents and all,

but they don't live with you.

Not now.

But still,

you don't have contact with them.

-Yes, I do.

-You do?

What, do they call you?

Come and visit you?

-Send--?

-I....

I don't wanna be sent away.

I understand.

You see, there's a lot of children...

...who are scared

that if they leave their first home...

...their parents would never

be able to find them.

Right?

But see, my job is to make sure...

...that nothing like that

will ever happen to you.

So there's nothing to be scared of.

Thank you.

I'm gonna do something I never do.

This is my number.

If you ever need to talk to me,

about anything...

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