Infinity (film)

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Directed byMatthew Broderick
Produced byMatthew Broderick
Patricia Broderick
Michael Leahy
Joel Soisson
Screenplay byPatricia Broderick
Based onSurely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?
by Richard Feynman
Ralph Leighton
Music byBruce Broughton
CinematographyToyomichi Kurita
Edited byBill Johnson
Distributed byFirst Look Pictures
Release date
October 4, 1996
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$195,170[1]

Infinity is a 1996 American biographical drama film about the early life of physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman was played by Matthew Broderick, who also directed and produced the film. Broderick's mother, Patricia Broderick, wrote the screenplay, which was based on the books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, both written by Feynman and Ralph Leighton.


The film follows the book What Do You Care What Other People Think? fairly closely in terms of the stories told.

The film starts in 1924 with Richard and his father Melville walking through the woods where Melville shows his scientific inspiration for Richard. In 1934, Richard & Arline are in high school and their romantic relationship starts. The story then jumps to his college years and Arline getting sick with lymphatic tuberculosis. It continues to his move west to Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where Arline follows him later to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she dies. The film ends with Feynman crying at the sight of the red dress Arline had pointed out.


Actor Role Notes
Matthew Broderick Richard Feynman
Patricia Arquette Arline Greenbaum Feynman's first wife & lover
Peter Riegert Melville "Mel" Feynman Feynman's father
Dori Brenner Tutti Feynman
Peter Michael Goetz Dr. Murray Gell-Mann
Željko Ivanek Bill Price
Joyce Van Patten Aunt Ruth
James LeGros John Archibald Wheeler Thesis advisor at Princeton
Jeffrey Force Young Richard Feynman
David Drew Gallagher Harold
Raffi Di Blasio Robert
Joshua Keaton David
James Hong Abacus Adder
Emerson Tran Kid
Melissa DeLizia Young Joan
John Hammil County Dr. #1
Jack Lindine Mr. Greenbaum Arline's father
Helene Moore County Nurse #1
Mary Pat Gleason County Dr. #2
Horton Foote Jr. Neighborhood Doctor
Mary Kay Wulf Aunt Rose
Laurence Haddon Family Doctor
Tom Kurlander Driver
Mark Burnham Passenger #1
Googy Gress Passenger #2
Joshua Goldin Passenger #3
Erich Anderson Gil
Matt Mulhern Gate Guard
Drew Ebersole Calculator Kid #1
John Patterson Stan Ivanek
Damion Scheller Calculator Kid #2
Joshua Malina Calculator Kid #3
Demetrius Navarro Calculator Kid #4
Cosimo Sherman Garo
Geoffrey Nauffts Rob
David Barrera Chepa
Patrick James Clarke Strong Fellow
Kirk Fox Mechanic
Marianne Muellerleile Nurse Gracie
Michelle Feynman Sewing Girl on Train Cameo by Michelle (Richard Feynman's (adopted) daughter)
Kristin Dattilo Joan Feynman Sister of Richard Feynman
Bill Bolender Isidor Rabi
Corbitt Smith Henry


  1. ^ "Infinity (1996)". Box Office Mojo. 1996-10-22. Retrieved 2013-05-28.

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