Saturday, June 21, 2008

Beautiful Baby

Author: Pat
Location: New York

"Beautiful Baby"

Directed By Anthony Minghella
Written By Anthony Minghella
Music By John Williams

Principal Cast:

Josh Hartnett-Jon Peters
Kristin Kreuk-Alexis Crane
Paul Giamatti-Dr. Sam Rinatto
Scarlett Johansson-Lydia Peters
Jake Gyllenhaal-Kevin Teague
Dule Hill-Ryan Williams
Viggo Mortensen-Det. Michael Martin
Aidan Quinn-Det. Artie Unger
Anthony Rapp-Hector James
Frances McDormand-Kelly Crane

Tagline: "You can't escape your past"

Synopsis: "Beautiful Baby" stars Josh Hartnett as a young man who impregnates his girlfriend while attending college and wants her to have an abortion so he does not have to deal with the baby. His girlfriend (Kristin Kreuk) refuses to comply and he murders her in a fit of rage and disposes of her body off Long Island. Then ten years later, Jon Peters has married Lydia (Scarlett Johansson) and has a newborn girl and DJ's on a nationwide radio station. But things become unhinged for Jon when he starts having visions of the girl he killed a decade ago while trying to push away two detectives (Viggo Mortensen and Aidan Quinn) who have reopened Alexis's murder case and consider Jon to be the prime suspect. Jon consults a psychiatrist (Paul Giamatti) when the visions start talking to him and causing him to act insane around his family and friends. With the help of Dr. Rinatto, Jon is led through a journey into his conscience that has a life-altering impact on all those close to him. Jake Gyllenhaal, Dule Hill, and Anthony Rapp star as Brian's friends and Frances McDormand plays Alexis's grieving mother.

What the press would say:

Anthony Minghella's latest cinematic venture tackles one of the biggest issues in politics today: abortion. But the film does so much more than make a statement; it is suspenseful, sad, powerful, and moving all at the same time. Josh Hartnett stars as Jon in his best performance as the tortured young man who is forced to deal with a murder he thought he removed from his mind. Paul Giamatti is great as the psychiatrist who is trying to put together the puzzle of Jon's past while keeping a professional distance. Viggo Mortensen and Aidan Quinn have great chemistry as a duo of detectives who are following the murder ten years after the crime was committed. But the best performance of the film comes from Scarlett Johansson as Jon's wife who is affected the most by her husband's increasingly mental instability.

Best Picture
Best Director-Anthony Minghella
Best Original Screenplay-Anthony Mingella
Best Actor-Josh Hartnett
Best Supporting Actor-Paul Giamatti
Best Supporting Actor-Viggo Mortensen
Best Supporting Actress-Scarlett Johanssen
Best Supporting Actress-Kristin Kreuk
Best Supporting Actress-Frances McDormand
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score

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