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Finding Forrester -- From Academy Award® -nominated director Gus Van Sant and starring Academy Award® -winning actor Sean Connery, comes a drama about a unique relationship between an eccentric, reclusive novelist and a young, amazingly gifted scholar-athlete.
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Writer (WGA):
Mike Rich (written by)
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Release Date:
12 January 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Better than a great book! See more (289 total) »

Cast

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Sean Connery ... William Forrester

Rob Brown ... Jamal Wallace

F. Murray Abraham ... Prof. Robert Crawford

Anna Paquin ... Claire Spence

Busta Rhymes ... Terrell Wallace

April Grace ... Ms. Joyce

Michael Pitt ... John Coleridge

Michael Nouri ... Dr. Spence
Richard Easton ... Prof. Matthews

Glenn Fitzgerald ... Massie, Forrester's Delivery Man

Lil' Zane ... Damon (as Zane Copeland Jr.)
Stephanie Berry ... Janice Wallace

Fly Williams III ... Fly

Damany Mathis ... Kenzo
Damion Lee ... Clay
Tom Kearns ... Coach Garrick

Matthew Noah Word ... John Hartwell
Charles Bernstein ... Dr. Simon

Matt Malloy ... David Bradley

Matt Damon ... Steven Sanderson
Jimmy Bobbitt ... Rapper
Capital Jay ... Opposing Player

Jim Titus ... Student (as James T. Williams II)
Cassandra Kubinski ... Claire's Friend
Sophia Wu ... Librarian
Gerry Rosenthal ... Student Speaker
Tim Hall ... Student Manager
Tom Mullica ... Old Money Man

David Madison ... Kid in the Hall
Joey Buttafuoco ... Night Man
Jaime McCaig ... Referee
William Modeste ... Referee
Daniel Rodriguez ... Hallway Boy
Samuel Tyson ... Creston Player
Vince Giordano ... Big Band Leader
Gregory Singer ... Violinist
Dean Pratt ... Trumpet Player
Kerry MacKillop ... Trumpet Player
Harvey Tibbs ... Trombone Player
Jack Stuckey ... Sax Player
Mark Lopeman ... Sax Player
Marc Phaneuf ... Sax Player
Larry Wade ... Sax Player
Conal Fowkes ... Piano Player
Matt Munisteri ... Guitarist
John Meyers ... Drummer
Ron Morgan ... Mailor Priest

Alison Folland ... Jeopardy Contestant

Alex Trebek ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brett Barsky ... Student (uncredited)

Alexander Conti ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Joe Crosson ... Student (uncredited)
Jessica Leshnower ... (uncredited)

Randi Rosenholtz ... Student (uncredited)

Gus Van Sant ... Library Assistant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike Rich (written by)

Produced by
Sean Connery .... producer
Jonathan King .... executive producer
Laurence Mark .... producer
Rhonda Tollefson .... producer
Dany Wolf .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Harris Savides 
 
Film Editing by
Valdís Óskarsdóttir  (as Valdis Oskarsdottir)
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
Bernard Telsey 
David Vaccari 
 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Guerra 
Darrell K. Keister 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode  (as Susan Tyson)
Lynn Tonnessen  (as B. Lynn Tonnessen)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... key makeup artist
Mario Cacioppo .... makeup artist: Toronto
Veronica Ciandre .... hair stylist: Toronto
Linda Grimes .... key makeup artist
Stanley Hall .... key hair stylist
Melanie Hughes .... makeup artist: Mr. Connery (as Melanie R. Hughes)
John Quaglia .... key hair stylist (as John D. Quaglia)
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Mr. Connery
James Sarzotti .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michele Giordano .... production supervisor
Jim Powers .... production manager: Toronto (as James Powers)
Tom Razzano .... unit production manager
Dany Wolf .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fareshta Ahmadi .... dga trainee
Bruno Bryniarski .... second assistant director: Toronto
Dylan Hopkins .... second second assistant director
Amy Lynn .... second assistant director
Kirsteen McLean .... third assistant director: Toronto
Julie O'Neill .... trainee assistant director: Toronto
John Sauvé .... trainee assistant director: Toronto
David J. Webb .... first assistant director (as David Webb)
 
Art Department
Ann Marie Auricchio .... scenic artist
Roger Baron .... property buyer
Tory Bellingham .... property master: Toronto
Joseph Deluca .... on-set dresser (as Joseph M. Deluca)
David Evans .... on-set dresser: Toronto
Arvinder Grewal .... art director: Toronto
Denise Gurkas .... camera scenic artist
Thomas E. Halligan .... key construction grip
Joanna Tracey Heaton .... art department assistant: Toronto
Philip Kennedy .... scenic artist
Eric Lewin .... set dresser
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks .... set decorator: Toronto
John Mackenzie .... construction coordinator: Toronto
Vinny Mazzarella .... assistant props
James Mazzola .... property master (as James R. Mazzola)
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Rhonda Moscoe .... art department coordinator
Louis J. Porzio .... key carpenter
Jeff Poulis .... assistant props: Toronto (as Jeffrey Poulis)
Reet Puhm .... key scenic: Toronto
John Ralbovsky .... scenic artist
Sandy Smirle .... assistant art director: Toronto (as Sandra L. Smirle)
Eric Taylor .... key carpenter: Toronto
Patricia Walker .... scenic charge person
Dave Weinman .... lead man
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Alexandre Athané .... comic art (uncredited)
Mike Bundlie .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Carlos Caneca .... lead man: Toronto (uncredited)
Jay Durrwachter .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Kathryn Freund .... assistant props (uncredited)
Jamie Mullins .... art department coordinator: New York (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Appleton .... adr editor
Kelley Baker .... supervising sound editor (as Kelley Baker)
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Matt Cluett .... sound transferer
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Steve Fontano .... foley mixer
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey .... sound effects editor (as Michael Gandsey)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Owen Langevin .... sound mixer: Toronto
Brian Miksis .... production sound mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Richard Moore .... sound effects editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
David Parker .... re-recording mixer
Chris Potter .... sound effects editor
Neil Riha .... additional utility sound: New York
Frank Rinella .... sound recordist
Dennis S. Sands .... pre-mix engineer (as Dennis Sands)
Erika Schengili-Roberts .... boom operator: Toronto
Burton Sharp .... adr supervisor
Leslie Shatz .... re-recording mixer
Concha Solano .... assistant sound editor
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor
Jim Thompson .... boom operator: Toronto (as James L. Thompson Jr.)
Gus Van Sant .... re-recording mixer
Alfredo Viteri .... boom operator
Patrick Winters .... sound effects editor
Howard London .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... additional visual effects: Illusion Art, Inc.
Caroline Gibb .... production coordinator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Dipankar Goswamy .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Nick Hsieh .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Mark Kenaston .... digital artist
Shane Kinnear .... visual effects executive producer: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Michael Kowalski .... production manager: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Tanya Kuzmanovic-Howard .... production coordinator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Daniel Lee .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Bob Munroe .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Ouellette .... animation supervisor
Barbara Shaw .... production coordinator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
John A. Shaw .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Bill Taylor .... additional visual effects: Illusion Art, Inc.
Claude Theriault .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Tracey Vaz .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Michael Wile .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Alphonso Young .... digital compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunts
Richard Hughes .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunt driver
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Al Thompson .... stunts
Dave Van Zeyl .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen A. Pope .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Thompson .... stunt double: Robert Brown (uncredited)
Kym Washington .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer: Toronto
Sam Bojin .... best boy electric: Toronto (as Samuel Bojin)
Bob Brennan .... best boy grip (as Robert A. Brennan)
Craig Bulmer .... electrician
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera: New York
Caesar S. Carnevale .... film loader: New York (as Caeser S. Carnevale)
Mark Cyre .... assistant camera: Toronto
Cesare DiGiulio .... rigging best boy: Toronto
Thomas Dolan .... best boy electric (as Thomas W. Dolan)
Gregory Farrell .... best boy
Gregory Farrell .... rigging electrician
Jay Fortune .... gaffer
Roland Gauvin .... rigging grip: Toronto
Heinz Gloss .... rigging electric best boy: Toronto (as Heinz D. Gloss)
Glen Goodchild .... best boy grip: Toronto
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip: Toronto
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator: New York
Steve Kolodziej .... 24 frame video operator
Jim Krauter .... dolly grip: Toronto
George Kraychyk .... still photographer: Toronto
James Malone .... rigging gaffer (as James V. Malone)
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
Rocco Michaluk .... second assistant camera
Phil Oetiker .... camera operator: Toronto (as Philip W. Oetiker)
Billy Patsos .... key rigging grip (as William Patsos)
George Patsos .... key grip (as George Patsos Jr.)
James Pollard .... dolly grip (as James H. Pollard)
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: New York
Davidson Tate .... rigging electric: Toronto
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Neil Trafford .... assistant camera: Toronto
Greg Williams .... video assist operator: Toronto
Richard Gioia .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate (as Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler)
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Sam Lisenco .... extras casting assistant
Emily Palmer .... extras casting assistant
Victoria Pettibone .... casting associate: New York
Nancy Safran .... casting assistant
Jon Scott Strotheide .... casting associate (as Jon Strotheide)
Bill Woods .... casting associate: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanna Brett .... wardrobe supervisor
Cori Burchell .... wardrobe: Toronto
Barrett Hong .... wardrobe supervisor: Mr. Connery (as Barrett P. Hong)
Iris Horta Lemos .... set costumer (as Iris H. Lemos)
Donna Maloney .... wardrobe supervisor (as Donna M. Maloney)
Amy Roth .... key costumer (as Amy T. Roth)
Andre Schulz .... costumer: Toronto
Marcia Scott .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Clare Bambrough .... assistant film editor (as Clare Mara Bambrough)
Angela Barton .... assistant film editor
Kent Blocher .... assistant film editor
Helen Hand .... first assistant editor
Berenicci Hershorn .... apprentice film editor
Kathy LaCommare .... assistant film editor
Eric Rigney .... avid technician
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Dawn M. Stoliar .... assistant film editor
Tim Wilson .... assistant film editor
Paul Zucker .... assistant film editor
Tim Fox .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bill Holley .... colorist (uncredited)
Barry Malawski .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Brown .... music arranger
Bill Frisell .... composer: additional score
Charlie Haden .... musician: bass
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Kenneth Karman .... supervising music editor (as Ken Karman)
Lesley Langs .... assistant music editor
Hal Willner .... music supervisor
Hal Willner .... original score producer
Herbie Hancock .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ron Annabelle .... driver
Steve Halldorson .... driver: honeywagon
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain
Stuart Mitchell .... transportation co-captain: Toronto
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation co-captain
Steven Sacrob .... driver
Dave Staples .... transportation captain: Toronto
Mitchel Stewart .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Trish Adlesic .... location manager
Casey Affleck .... assistant: Gus Van Sant
Casey Affleck .... technical consultant
Chad Ahrendt .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Petra Alexandria .... executive: Imp
Gerry Alfonso .... payroll accountant
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Luc Bernard .... assistant production accountant: Toronto
David F. Bianculli .... production assistant
Tami Cassell .... adr loop group
Noreen R. Cheleden .... production assistant
Santena Jenaris King Clough .... second assistant accountant (as Santena Jenaris King)
Lee Ann Cotton .... office production assistant: Toronto
Marty Dejczak .... location manager
Rob Dickerson Jr. .... production assistant (as Robert Dickerson Jr.)
Rebecca Donaghe .... assistant: Ms. Tollefson
Roy Emerson .... stand-in: Mr. Connery
David Farr .... accounting clerk
Kerin Ferallo .... production coordinator
James Fraser .... production secretary: Toronto
Cliff Fuller .... assistant production coordinator
Ginger Gonzalez .... production assistant
David Graham .... assistant location manager
Rodrigo Guerrero .... production assistant
Jay Hernandez .... assistant: Dany Wolf
Dan Jones .... production assistant
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Danna Kinsky .... production assistant
Amanda Ladd .... payroll accountant
Sam Lisenco .... pre-production coordinator
Sean Longley .... key craft service
Francis Maiorino .... location scout
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Pamela S. Marshall .... production secretary
David McIlroy .... location manager: Toronto
Tim Monich .... dialect coach: Anna Paquin (as Tim F. Monich)
Nancy Neumann .... studio teacher
Murphy Occhino .... production assistant
Julie Oppenheimer .... script supervisor
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Barry Papick .... acting coach
Kwame Parker .... assistant production coordinator: Toronto (as Kwame L. Parker)
Antonia Proscia .... assistant production accountant
Gary S. Rake .... production assistant
Lynnette Ramirez .... assistant: Ms. Tollefson
Tim Ray .... office production assistant
Jeremy Rizzi .... assistant: Mr. Van Sant
Lin Saunders .... assistant location manager
Kevin Michael Schembri .... second assistant accountant
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Sue Sparling .... second assistant accountant
Beverly Sutton .... production coordinator: Toronto
Joyce Tollefson .... assistant: Mr. Connery
Ajamu Walker .... production assistant
Jeff Wallace .... assistant: Mr. King
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant: Mr. Connery, Toronto
Elson Williams III .... production assistant (as Elson C. Williams III)
Nadine F. Wilson .... production accountant (as Nadine Wilson)
Tomoko Yamamoto .... assistant accountant
Wendy Ann Zellea .... office production assistant: Toronto
Frank Cattano .... location assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references
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136 min
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Trivia:
Star Rob Brown got the role after initially auditioning as an extra. Brown had no aspirations of being an actor and was only hoping to make some money to pay his $300 cell phone bill. But Gus Van Sant invited him to audition for the role of Jamal and liked his natural ability.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: At one point, William Forrester chides Jamal about "The single most important criteria" of writing. Given how precise his character is about language, it is unlikely that he would use the plural (criteria) instead of the singular (criterion) - (although after leading with the tautological cliché, "the single most important", perhaps linguistic clumsiness is only to be expected).See more »
Quotes:
Jamal:Women will sleep with you if you write a book?
Forrester:Women will sleep with you if you write a bad book.
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Soundtrack:
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46 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Better than a great book!, 5 May 2001

'Finding Forrester' is without any doubt the best movie of the year 2000. I've heard many people say that this is just director Gus Van Sant's retread of his oscar winning hit 'Good Will Hunting'. That is the furthest statement from the truth. Eventhough the general idea of two different people bonding is here, everything else is as different as it comes.

The story is about Jamal Wallace(Rob Brown, making his bigscreen debut), an allstar basketball player who's only 16 but has a passion for writing and reading. One night on a bet he breaks into the apartment of a person only known to the neighborhood kids as "The Window". But when he's caught, Wallace bolts and forgets his backpack. Later he gets his backpack back, with all his written material analyzed, corrected ect. After revisiting the man, Wallace finds out that "The Window" is none other than reclusive author William Forrester(Sean Connery), who has been hiding for 40 years. They cut a deal that as long as Jamal doesn't tell anybody about William, then William must help Jamal with his writing. Over the course of the movie a beautiful bond forms as the two different people become friends and partners. Along the way William helps Jamal deal with his biased english professor Robert Crawford(F. Murray Abraham), his new girlfriend(Anna Paquin), his brother(rapper Busta Rhymes) and everyone else in his life.

The acting in this film is universally excellent, and no matter how it is billed Brown is the real star of this movie. Connery is brilliant but isn't on the screen enough to outshine Brown. Abraham comes off as the perfect nemesis and Busta Rhymes acquits himself rather well. Anna Paquin isn't too bad but she isn't given too much to do. Excellent supporting cast withstanding the best scenes in the film are the one on one interactions between Brown and Connery. I especially loved the "Soup questions" scene and the Jeopardy scene.

Considering this is Van Sant's first film since the terrible 'Psycho' remake he made a few years back he does very well. And surprisingly he generates more tension and suspense in one basketball sequence late in the movie than he did in all of 'Psycho'.

Overall this is not only Van Sant's best movie but also the best film all year. And after seeing this movie three weeks after the Academy Awards it makes it all the more shocking that 'Gladiator' won as I can't see how, in any way, it is better than this great film. Like a great book 'Finding Forrester' gets better every viewing and i'm sure it will stand the test of time. 10/10

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