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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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An equation has no meaning to me unless it expresses a thought of god.". 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Tamil | Sanskrit

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Knew Infinity See more »

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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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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 »

Quotes

S. Ramanujan: There are patterns in everything. The color in light, the reflections in water... in math, these patterns reveal themselves in the most incredible form. It's quite beautiful.
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Crazy Credits

Card before the title: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty." - Bertrand Russell See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.95 (2017) See more »

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A master piece
3 March 2016 | by onettomarcSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie which I hope will have a great success when it is released in the USA. I saw it at the Sun Valley Film Festival in March 2016 and it was by far the best movie I have ever seen in this festival. The story of this young Indian with a special gift for mathematics and who becomes a researcher at Cambridge Trinity college is by itself fascinating. The acting is superb with Jeremy Irons as a professor and mentor in one of his best performance ever. The film makes you feel the spirit of the place and the time (first world war England). Dev Patel is no longer the fun host of the Marigold Hotel but a great courageous young mathematician who beats old odds to become one of the major scientist of the 20th century. Please tell your friend to go and see this movie. They will thank you.


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