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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 15 December 2006 (USA)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.



(as Steven Conrad)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)
Alan Frakesh
Walter Ribbon
Mrs. Chu
World's Greatest Dad
Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
David Michael Silverman ...
Doctor at First Hospital
Tim Ribbon
Ferrari Owner
Joyful Raven ...
Tim Brophy


Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "bone density scanner". He feels like he has it made selling these devices. However, they do not sell well as they are marginally better than x-ray at a much higher price. As Gardner works to make ends meet, his wife leaves him and he loses his apartment. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner continues to sell bone density scanners while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker, with slim chances for advancement to a paid position. Before he can receive pay, he needs to outshine the competition through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices to stay afloat. Written by John Wiggins, Alf Fonz

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Chris Gardner Project  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,541,709, 17 December 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Ribbon asks his secretary to call Mr. Ristuccia. This surname is often used by Gabriele Muccino in his movies. See more »


When Chris gets hit by the car, the momentum has him rolling forward. In the next scene, he is rolling to the left in the next lane. See more »


[last lines]
Christopher Gardner: How many planets are there?
Christopher: Um... 7?
Christopher Gardner: Seven? Nine! OK, who's the king of the jungle?
Christopher: The gorilla?
Christopher Gardner: Gorilla? Nope. Lion.
Christopher: Yeah, lion, lion. You wanna hear something funny?
Christopher Gardner: OK.
Christopher: Knock knock.
Christopher Gardner: Who's there?
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Spoofed in 2007 MTV Movie Awards (2007) See more »


Lord, Don't Move That Mountain
Written by Doris Akers and Mahalia Jackson
Performed by The Glide Ensemble
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Meaningful and Uplifting
14 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

My husband and I had an opportunity to attend a screener of this movie last night. We had seen several commercials and a trailer for the film and we had high hopes, we were not disappointed. Many times "inspired by" films feel like hard sells or bids for Oscar glory. "Pursuit of Happiness" is none of that. This is an honest, meaningful film that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. The viewer becomes fully invested in the struggles of Chris Gardner and his son. Will and Jadyn Smith deserve huge kudos. The real-life father and son dynamic enriched the film and don't know if other actors could have been as powerful. Be warned, there are several tissue inducing moments. This movie is well worth a ticket!

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