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This film is the true story of John Nash, one of the great geniuses of the 20the century, who was famous for both his theories in math, and for the fact that he suffered from schizophrenia. The movie follows Nash's amazing life from the time he arrives at Princeton University as a young, brilliant and noticeably odd West Virginia math student, until his life as an old man who has won the Nobel Prize. Over the years, he becomes recognized as a unique intellect whose theories have greatly influenced not only mathematics, but various other academic areas from economics to biology. And as of this writing in 2002, Nash is still alive, and still teaches at Princeton.

The focus of this movie is on Nash's struggle with the terrible illness of schizophrenia, which began to affect him while a student at Princeton in the early 1950s.

Afterward, his brilliance led to a teaching and research position at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the World famous university in Boston. There, Nash's disease began to grow worse, but fortunately for him, it was also at MIT that he met Alicia, a brilliant math student of her own. The two fell in love, and while Alicia did not discover his illness until after they married, once she realized how sick her husband was, she did all she could to take care of him, herself, and their new son.

With great determination, John Nash was able to successfully fight back from the delusions that are a large part of schizophrenia, and while he never was able to get rid of the disease completely, he became an honored member of the Princeton community. In some ways, his life is a truly fascinating window on the still unclear...