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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | | Drama | 9 January 1998 (USA)
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

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A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by Dima & Danielle

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Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them. See more »

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Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$272,912 (USA) (5 December 1997)

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$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)
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Trivia

The odd and perplexing line, "I swallowed a bug", said by Casey Affleck's character Morgan in the Harvard bar scene, is a reference to the documentary "Hearts of Darkness", as well as actor Marlon Brando. The behind-the-scenes documentary tells of the making and struggles Francis Ford Coppola had during the production of Apocalypse Now. In a look at one of Marlon Brando's scenes, his line is interrupted when he accidentally swallows a real bug, and states to Francis Ford Coppola off camera, "I swallowed a bug." See more »

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When Sean is packing his suitcase at the end of the movie, the window to his left has the curtains closed. But in the very next shot, the curtains are open as the camera is looking at Sean's left side. See more »

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[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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Throughout the end credits, Will's car is driving down the highway. See more »

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Referenced in Autopsy: The Last Hours Of: Robin Williams (2015) See more »

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If I Had the Last Dream in the World
Written by Joe Liles
Performed by Northeast Connection
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A beautiful, soul-touching experience.
11 January 1999 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

I first saw Good Will Hunting in February of '98. It blew me away. I happily disregard comments by people who say: "The probability of something like that happening..." This film is bold in that giving Will such a mind colors outside of the lines. It simply aims to tell a story. It is a beautiful story told in a magnificent manner. Robin Williams was superb in his role, his effect on Damon electric. Minnie Driver and Matt Damon's on-screen chemistry was undeniable. More films like this one are needed. And yes, the ending was predictable. That made it perfect. I wouldn't have had it any other way.


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