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Actor Matthew Broderick made his directorial debut with this romantic drama based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Richard Feynman. Feynman (Broderick) grew up in New York, where, early on, he began to display a remarkably keen intelligence and a fascination with science encouraged by his parents. While in high school, Richard meets a beautiful girl named Arline Greenbaum (Patricia Arquette), and they quickly fall in love. Richard and Arline intend to marry someday, but they decide it would be prudent to wait until after they finish college -- they have no money, and Richard intends to attend Princeton after finishing his undergraduate work at M.I.T. However, these plans are changed when Arline discovers that she has tuberculosis, which was a very severe illness in the '30s; treatments were not always effective and victims were generally sent to sanitariums, where they could be quarantined from the rest of the population. With Arline's health in question, Richard agrees to marry her immediately. He's also offered a position in Los Alamos, NM, working on a top-secret project for the government. Richard tries to help Arline through her illness as he begins to develop ethical qualms about his new assignment, which is to help design and construct an atomic bomb. Infinity also stars Peter Riegert and Dori Brenner as Feynman's parents. Broderick's mother, Patricia Broderick, wrote the screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 4, 1996


Matthew Broderick
as Richard Feyman
Patricia Arquette
as Arline Greenbaum
Peter Riegert
as Mel Feynman
Jeffrey Force
as Young Richard
Dori Brenner
as Tutti Feynman
Peter Michael Goetz
as Dr. Hellman
Zeljko Ivanek
as Bill Price
James LeGros
as John Wheeler
Joshua Malina
James LeGros
as John Wheeler


Matthew Broderick
Joel Soisson
Patricia Broderick
Patricia Broderick
Toyomichi Kurita
Bruce Broughton
Elena Maganini
Amy Young
Bernt Amadeus Capra
Production Designer
Don Phillips
Philip Euling
Associate Producer
Mary Jane Fort
Costume Designer
Fernando Altschul
First Assistant Director
Lisa Bankert