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Poster for August Rush
  • Directed by

    Kirsten Sheridan

  • Screenplay by

    Nick Castle and James V. Hart

  • Music Composed by

    Mark Mancina (official site)

  • Theatrical Release Date

    November 21, 2007 (pushed back from October 19, 2007)
    (pushed back from August 2007)
    (pushed back from February 2007)

  • DVD Release Date

    March 11, 2008 (Region 1 - North America)
    March 17, 2008 (Region 2 - UK)

  • Production Company

    Southpaw Entertainment

  • Distribution Companies

    Warner Bros (USA), RCV Film Distribution (Netherlands), Magna Pacific (Australia), Tiglon (Turkey), Distribution Company (Argentina)

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace

  • Freddie Highmore

    August Rush/Evan Taylor

  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Louis Connelly

  • Kerri Russell

    Lyla Novacek

  • Terrence Howard

    Richard Jeffries

  • Jamia Simone Nash



"August Rush" tells 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 out the parents from whom he was separated at birth.



  • Wizard

    You know what music is? A harmonic connection between all living beings.

  • Wizard

    You gotta love music. More than you love food, more than life, more than you love yourself.

  • August

    It was like someone was calling out to me. Only some of us can hear it.

  • Wizard

    Only some of us are listening.

Festival Screenings

August Rush screened at a number of film festivals:

  • oct6

    HATCHFEST (OCT 3-6, 2007)

    Bozeman, MT - Ellen Theatre - 7.00 pm

  • oct13


    Chicago, IL - Landmark's Century - 12.00pm

  • oct17


    Dallas, TX - Angelika Dallas - 7.30 pm

  • oct18


    Indianapolis, IN - IMAX Theater - 4.30pm, 7:30 pm; Eiteljorg Theater - 5.00 pm

  • oct20


    East Hampton, NY - Ross School - 4.30 pm

  • oct21


    East Hampton, NY - East Hampton UA1 - 1.00 pm, 4.00 pm

  • oct20


    Rome, Italy - Sala Santa Cecilia - 5.00 pm

  • oct27


    Savannah, GA - Trustees Theater - 7.00 pm

  • nov14


    Cancun, Mexico - Theater 1 - 7.00 pm

Sneak Peek

It's only June, but given this summer's played-out themes of three-quels, visual effects and the bigger-is-best approach to blockbusters, we figure it's never too early to address some of fall's film fare.

In this case, one film in particular - Warner Bros.' aptly-titled August Rush. ComingSoon recently attended a special preview screening of footage from the upcoming film and we liked what we saw.

"Rush" is the story of a chance encounter between two young musicians (Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell) who are unexpectedly torn apart, leaving an infant, August Rush (Freddie Highmore), orphaned by circumstance. Eleven years later, August leaves the orphanage in which he is raised to find his birth parents. Along the way, and with the help of several caring strangers, he discovers a remarkable musical gift he believes to be the key to bringing his family together.

Billed as a "music-driven fantasy," the film seems to be in the same vein of the musically-driven, yet not quite full-blown musical, Once. "Rush" is loaded with talent on both sides of the camera and in addition to Highmore, Russell and Meyers, the cast includes all-stars Robin Williams and Terrence Howard. Behind the camera is semi-newcomer Kirsten Sheridan, best known for co-writing 2004's In America. In charge of the film's heavy music load are award-winning composers Hans Zimmer and Mark Mancina, as well as legendary music producer Phil Ramone, who produced three of the music tracks in the film.

Based on the 30 minutes of footage and behind-the-scenes cast interviews we were shown, "Rush" looks to have massive general audience appeal. That and Freddie Highmore's place in the title role easily cancels out our misgivings about the potentially maudlin red flags. We should also mention that all three of the main actors actually play their respective musical instruments on camera - Rhys Meyers even does his own singing. (Phil Ramone confessed he initially thought they were going to have to dub over Meyers with a professional, but rescinded the thought the instant he heard Meyers sing.) And watch out for scene-stealing newcomer Jamia Simone Nash, whose powerful pipes and spunky church choir girl turned August's unlikely music tutor had everyone at the screening talking.

As long as the studio keeps the running time at the estimated two-hour mark and they steer clear from cheesy melodramatics, August Rush might be the perfect blend of feel-good fantasy to stand-out among the more serious and dramatic fare that dominate the fall movie season.

(Source: ComingSoon.net)



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Filming Info

  • Dates

    February 13, 2006 - May 1, 2006

  • Reshoots

    December 2006

  • Locations

    New York City, NY

Even though filming started in February, Robin's first day on the set wasn't until March 17, in Washington Square Garden. He shared most takes that day with Freddie Highmore.

Principal filming wrapped in Central Park, New York on April 14, 2006. Robin had finished filming earlier, though, and started filming License to Wed in May.

International Release Dates

  • UK

    November 23, 2007

  • Israel
    South Korea

    November 29, 2007

  • Italy

    November 30, 2007

  • Germany

    December 13, 2007

  • Spain

    December 14, 2007

  • Greece

    December 27, 2007

  • South Africa

    December 28, 2007

  • Hong Kong

    January 3, 2008

  • Argentina

    January 10, 2008

  • Taiwan

    January 18, 2008

  • Netherlands

    February 14, 2008

  • Brazil

    February 15, 2008

  • Australia

    February 21, 2008

  • Turkey

    February 29, 2008

  • Singapore

    March 6, 2008

  • Iceland

    March 7, 2008

  • Mexico

    March 14, 2008

  • Belgium

    March 19, 2008

  • Portugal

    March 20, 2008

  • Egypt

    April 16, 2008

  • Japan

    June 21, 2008

  • Colombia

    July 18, 2008

  • Venezuela

    September 5, 2008

  • Peru

    September 11, 2008 (limited release)

  • Russia

    September 18, 2008 (DVD release)

  • Kuwait

    January 1, 2009

International Titles

  • Spain / Venezuela

    El Triunfo de un Sueño

  • Germany

    Der Klang des Herzens

  • Mexico

    Escucha tu Destino

  • Greece

    I Melodia tis Kardias

  • Turkey

    Kalbini Dinle

  • Italy

    La Musica nel Cuore

  • Argentina

    Mi Nombre es August Rush

  • Brazil

    O Som do Coração


A soundtrack of this music-filled film was released in early November 2007. You can listen to 3 tracks of Mark Mancina's score on his official site.

Fun Fact

Robin shows off his musical skills in this film; that's actually him playing the harmonica on Van Morrison's Moondance.

Box Office

  • Budget

    $30,000,000 (estimated)

  • Gross

    $31,664,162 (USA)
    $34,456,900 (international)
    $66,121,062 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $9,421,369 (2,310 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    2,310 theaters

  • In Release

    100 days / 14.3 weeks

  • Closing Date

    February 28, 2008


  • Academy Awards

    Nom - 2008 - Best Song ("Raise It Up")

  • Critics Choice Awards

    Nom - 2008 - Best Young Actor (Freddie Highmore)
    Nom - 2008 - Best Family Film

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