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Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  12 January 2001 (USA)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Easton ...
Massie, Forrester's Delivery Man
Lil' Zane ...
Damon (as Zane Copeland Jr.)
Stephanie Berry ...
Damion Lee ...


Because of scoring exceptionally high on a statewide standardized exam and being an exceptionally good basketball player Jamal Wallace is sent to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan. He soon befriends the reclusive writer, William Forrester. The friendship leads William to overcome his reclusiveness and for Jamal to overcome the racial prejudices and pursue his true dream - writing. Written by the chan man

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In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Descubriendo a Forrester  »

Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$701,207 (USA) (29 December 2000)


ESP 283,653,614 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jamal checks out the data on Forrester with the school's computer, the facts he discovers are actually Sean Connery's real life data. See more »


At one point in the film Jamal mentions to Claire that, "It was Stamford... At the bar in London... He was the one who introduced Watson to Holmes", alluding to the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories. However, it wasn't at a bar in London where Stamford introduced Watson to Holmes but at a hospital's chemical laboratory near the bar. See more »


Jamal: Man, fuck you William! You wanna know what the real bullshit is? How about you let me take on this one cause you're too damn scared to walk out that door and do something for somebody else. You're too damn scared, man! That's the only reason.
Forrester: [throws glass against wall and breaks it] You don't know a goddamn thing about reason; There are no reasons! Reasons why some of us live and why some of us don't! Fortunately for you, you have decades to figure that out!
Jamal: Yeah, and what's the reason in ...
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Crazy Credits

Jamal and friends play basketball through the end credits from the window of Forrester's apartment. See more »


Referenced in Allemaal film: De amerikaanse droom (2007) See more »


Save Me
Written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, and Zac Hanson
Performed by Hanson
Produced By Hanson and Stephen Lironi
Courtesy of Island Records
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Wonderful movie with a stunning performance from Connery
26 December 2004 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I'd heard a little about this movie before and entered into watching it merely expecting to see another of Sean Connery's typical Connery performances. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, he is a very good actor, but he always plays himself. Other than that, I had no inclination what the story was about so there was surprise from the outset seeing that the movie was starring Busta Rhymes and was set in the Bronx.

How surprised I was as this gentle and perfectly paced tale brings together two people who share a common love for writing, one is a faded writer who once had success, and the other is a new talent who faces so many obstacles in his path to let his talent shine.

There are similarities to other films such as Dead Poets Society, but what captures the viewer and their imagination is the restraint and the simplicity. There are no great acts or contrived emotionally charged plot twists, this is real and it's character driven. You believe in the characters, the acting is so natural and understated you are easily drawn into the movie and the characters lives, and it's hard to break free. Choices and actions are small, compassionate, and you can relate them to real life.

The relationship between Forrester (Connery) and Jamal (Rob Brown) is superbly played with Brown holding back perfectly until the scene where his restraint fails, and Connery giving one of the most emotive and complex performances I have ever seen. His performance is simply stunning and totally off of the Connery mould. Watching his face as he struggles with demons long past was extraordinary.

Overall the story is very well written, and doesn't fail to pull you along with the emotional journey and yet never hit the twee button. You can feel the passion that Connery has for writing, and see the complexity of emotions as he wants to help the boy but gets pulled back by hidden problems. Problems which slowly reveal themselves and get shared and dealt with in the most natural of ways, again never falling foul of an emotion overload.

It's warm, uplifting and an inspiring story and I recommend it to anyone. I really can't be vocal enough about the stunning performance by Connery, and the matching performance by Brown. Even Rhymes shows that he has talent.

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