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Mozart and the Whale (2005)

A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.

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Janice
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Bronwin
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Gregory
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Roger
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Blume
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Dr. Trask (as Kelly Eviston)
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Rodney
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Ten-year-old Kid
Hollis Higgins ...
Homeless Man
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A dramatic-comedy, inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance. Donald is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many people with AS, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful but complicated Isabel joins the autism support group he leads, his life - and his heart - are turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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They don't fit in. Except together.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »
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2 February 2006 (Turkey)  »

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Crazy in Love  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was written by Ronald Bass, who also wrote Rain Man (1988), a movie about an individual with autism. Bass is said to have been inspired by a 1995 article in the Los Angeles Times. See more »

Goofs

After Isabelle's suicide attempt, she'd be held involuntarily in a psychiatric ward for at least 72 hours, not sent home. See more »

Quotes

Donald Morton: I save things. Because you never know, you know.
Isabelle Sorenson: You said your mom died. You did bury her?
Donald Morton: Yeah.
Isabelle Sorenson: Just checking.
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Connections

References The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

The End of Everything Known
Written by Jeff Hanson
Performed by Jeff Hanson
Published by Jeff Hanson (BMI)
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Very good job on capturing spirit of inspiring real aspies....
30 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My opinion is obviously prejudiced as I am "the whale" in the title of this movie. My wife is "Mozart." I appreciate the time the cast and other principals spent with real aspergers and autism adults. It paid off. Both Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell did a terrific job of capturing the spirit of myself and my wife when we met.

Rahda looks much more like Mary did when we met. I was never as tall as Josh but was much slimmer at his age. There are all kinds of whales and while Josh is a nice, sleek Blue Whale by comparison, I have become an Orca in my middle age.

I have high hopes that an eventual theater release will enable this film to do a great service to my community and to anyone who feels different and wants a soulmate!

In order to not unduly influence the tally, I gave it a seven which is the current average rating although I think it merits a higher number.

"The Whale" fka Jerry Newport


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