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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

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Matt Brown (as Matthew Brown)

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Matt Brown (screenplay), Matt Brown | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... G.H. Hardy
Dev Patel ... S. Ramanujan
Malcolm Sinclair ... Professor Cartwright
Raghuvir Joshi Raghuvir Joshi ... Narasimha
Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Narayana Iyer (as Dhritiman Chaterji)
Stephen Fry ... Sir Francis Spring
Arundathi Nag Arundathi Nag ... Komalatammal
Devika Bhise ... Janaki
Pádraic Delaney ... Beglan
Toby Jones ... John Edensor Littlewood
Jeremy Northam ... Bertrand Russell
San Shella ... Dr. Muthu
Richard Cunningham ... Hobson
Thomas Bewley Thomas Bewley ... Baker
Anthony Calf ... Robert Alfred Herman
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In the 1910s, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a man of boundless intelligence that even the abject poverty of his home in Madras, India, cannot crush. Eventually, his stellar intelligence in mathematics and his boundless confidence in both attract the attention of the noted British mathematics professor, G.H. Hardy, who invites him to further develop his computations at Trinity College at Cambridge. Forced to leave his young wife, Janaki, behind, Ramanujan finds himself in a land where both his largely intuitive mathematical theories and his cultural values run headlong into both the stringent academic requirements of his school and mentor and the prejudiced realities of a Britain heading into World War One. Facing this with a family back home determined to keep him from his wife and his own declining health, Ramanujan joins with Hardy in a mutual struggle that would define Ramanujan as one of India's greatest modern scholars who broke more than one barrier in his worlds. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Great knowledge comes from the humblest of origins See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

David Leavitt ("The Lost Language of Cranes") wrote a semi-fictional version of this story in his novel, "The Indian Clerk". See more »

Goofs

When Prof. Littlewood welcomes Ramanujan to the college and shows him the tree under which Sir Issac Newton discovered gravity, Littlewood says, "That's the very tree under which Newton sat, and the apple dropped on his head and he invented gravity". While Newton discovered (not invented) gravity, this is clearly Littlewood's attempt at a joke. See more »

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Major MacMahon: Now, how high I have to go?
S. Ramanujan: P of 200 should do. I really can do it.
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Card before the title: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty." - Bertrand Russell See more »

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Featured in The Saturday Show: Episode #1.24 (2016) See more »

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excellent historical drama
24 April 2016 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

Just saw this film at the SF Film Festival. I thought it was excellent. Why? It combines various levels of entertainment: the intellectual mathematics involved and the realities of academic competition; the historical and cultural conflicts between Indian and English traditions, attitudes, biases, and beliefs; the emotional love/friendship between men, between men and women, and between children and parents; and inhumanity towards other humans: warmongers vs. pacifists, religious vs. non-religious, individuals vs. groups, misunderstandings and lack of emotional intelligence in so many ways.

I comprehended very little of the mathematics involved but that did not matter and did not change my overall appreciation for the story and all the levels involved.

Kudos to all who created this film. The writing, the acting, the cinematography, the direction, all excellent...


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Language:

English | Tamil

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,325, 1 May 2016

Gross USA:

$3,866,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,252,684
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2.39 : 1
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