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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.

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Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)
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Alan Frakesh
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Walter Ribbon
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Mrs. Chu
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World's Greatest Dad
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Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
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Doctor at First Hospital
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Tim Ribbon
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Ferrari Owner
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Tim Brophy
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Storyline

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

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

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15 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$163,566,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$307,077,295
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Trivia

Will Smith wanted Gabriele Muccino to direct this movie after seeing his films L'ultimo bacio (2001) and Remember Me, My Love (2003). See more »

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When Chris and Christopher are collecting their stuff after being kicked out of the hotel room, Christopher picks up his basketball in a grocery bag. The next time he is seen, he is carrying a garbage bag. See more »

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Christopher Gardner: [during the interview for the internship position] I've been sitting out here for the last half-hour trying to come up with a story that would explain my being here dressed like this. And I wanted to come up with a story that would demonstrate qualities that I'm sure you all admire here like earnestness, diligence, team-playing. And I couldn't think of anything. So the truth is, I was arrested for failure to pay parking tickets.
Jay Twistle: Parking tickets?
[employers laugh]
Christopher Gardner: I ran all the way here from the ...
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Morning, Morning
(1967)
Written by Tuli Kupferberg
Performed by Richie Havens
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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Great Movie
6 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was blessed to have seen this movie last night. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me love life.

This movie is a great movie that depicts a love of a father for his son. Will Smith did an incredible job and deserves every accolade available to him. His son also did a fantastic job.

There is a great lesson that is learned in this movie and it truly shares the struggles of everyday life.

This movie was heart felt and touching. It was truly an experience worth having. Thank you for making this movie and I look forward to seeing it again.


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