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Academy Award-nominated director Joe Wright teams with screenwriter Susannah Grant to tell the true-life story of Nathaniel Ayers, a former cello prodigy whose bouts with schizophrenia landed him on the streets after two years of schooling at Juilliard. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a disenchanted journalist stuck in a dead-end job. His marriage to a fellow journalist having recently come to an end, Steve is wandering through Los Angeles' Skid Row when he notices a bedraggled figure playing a two-stringed violin. The figure in question is Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a man whose promising career in music was cut short due to a debilitating bout with mental illness. The more Lopez learns about Ayers, the greater his respect grows for the troubled soul. How could a man with such remarkable talent wind up living on the streets, and not be performing on-stage with a symphony orchestra? Later, as Lopez embarks on a quixotic quest to help Ayers pull his life together and launch a career in music, he gradually comes to realize that it is not Ayers whose life is being transformed, but his own. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 24, 2009


Jamie Foxx
as Nathaniel Anthony Ayers
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Steve Lopez
Catherine Keener
as Mary Weston
Tom Hollander
as Graham Claydon
Lisa Gay Hamilton
as Jennifer Ayers-Moore
Rachael Harris
as Leslie
Stephen Root
as Curt Reynolds
Nelsan Ellis
as David Carter
Jena Malone
as Lab Technician


Joe Wright
Gary Foster
Russ Krasnoff
Susannah Grant
Seamus Mcgarvey
Dario Marianelli
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Tothill
Sarah Greenwood
Production Designer
Rikki Lea Bestall
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Jacqueline Durran
Costume Designer
Francine Maisler