Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius

Greg Kinnear
Director: Marc Abraham Cast: Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
, Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham
, Dermot Mulroney
Dermot Mulroney
Marc Abraham

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Greg Kinnear stars in director Marc Abraham's man-against-the-system docudrama Flash of Genius as inventor Robert Kearns, the visionary who developed the modern intermittent windshield wiper. Kearns submitted the invention to each of the big three auto companies, each of which promptly rejected it; the companies then turned around and put the device to use. The enraged inventor spent several decades attempting to collect on his patent, and mounting lawsuits that traveled all the way to the Supreme Court; he eventually collected over 30 million dollars for his obsession. Abraham co-authored the script with Scott Frank and Phillip Railsback, adapting an article by John Seabrook that originally appeared in The New Yorker. Dermot Mulroney plays Kinnear's best friend, with Lauren Graham rounding out the supporting cast.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2009
UPC: 0025195032575
Original Release: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes with commentary by director Marc Abraham; Feature commentary with director Marc Abraham

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greg Kinnear Robert Kearns
Lauren Graham Phyllis Kearns
Dermot Mulroney Gil Privick
Jake Abel Dennis Kearns
Daniel Roebuck Frank Sertin
Tim Kelleher Charles Defao
Bill Smitrovich Judge Michael Franks
Alan Alda Gregory Lawson
Mitch Pileggi Ford executive

Technical Credits
Marc Abraham Director,Screenwriter
Patrick Banister Art Director
Gary Barber Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
J. Miles Dale Executive Producer
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Jonathan Glickman Executive Producer
Michael Lieber Producer
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Eric Newman Executive Producer
Phillip Railsback Screenwriter
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Jill Savitt Editor
Luis M. Sequeira Costumes/Costume Designer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Adam Swart Musical Direction/Supervision
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Flash of Genius
1. Blink of an Eye [6:17]
2. It's Alive [6:07]
3. Give 'Em a Peek [6:26]
4. The Demonstration [5:49]
5. Look, No Hands [3:28]
6. Wiper Competition [4:23]
7. They Want Out [6:49]
8. Fighting It [4:44]
9. You Can't Win [8:43]
10. Starting All Over [6:12]
11. In It for the Long Haul [9:10]
12. Don't Believe [4:43]
13. Take It or Leave It [5:20]
14. Going to Trial [5:39]
15. Day in Court [4:50]
16. Nothing New [7:34]
17. We've Come This Far [2:34]
18. Final Arguments [9:32]
19. Bittersweet [4:28]
20. End Titles [6:26]

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Flash of Genius 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kdwashburn More than 1 year ago
Greg Kinnear delivers what may be the performance of his lifetime in this true story. Kinnear portrays Robert Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper. Kearns's invention naturally caught the attention of Detroit's "Big 3," especially Ford. Assuming they could include Kearns's invention in their products, the car makers proceeded to do so, attempting to cut Kearns completely out of the process and profits. When Kearns takes legal action, Ford attempts to buy him off, but for Kearns the fight is about right and wrong, not riches. The conclusion, which includes a moving scene in which Kearns acts as lawyer and witness, is both satisfying and bittersweet. The story is told with emotional authenticity; Kearns's journey mirrors that of individuals who have faced similar battles. Kinnear is BRILLIANT in the role, believable at every moment. Why he's not mentioned as an Oscar contender for this role is a mystery. See one of 2008's best films that received far too little attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Great Movie. My husband and I couldn't wait til it came out. We were disapointed that there were only a few people in the theater that we went to.
fabes More than 1 year ago
I found this quite interesting and at the same time, quite moving.
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