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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

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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 made these devices. However, they do not sell as they are marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tries to figure out how to sell them, his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job; he takes on a job as a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices. Written by John Wiggins

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

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Release Date:

15 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Untitled Chris Gardner Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,527,181 (UK) (12 January 2007)

Gross:

$162,586,036 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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Trivia

Will Smith wanted Gabriele Muccino to direct this movie after seeing his films The Last Kiss (2001) and Remember Me, My Love (2003). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) After Chris and his son are denied a room, Wayne walks along in front of them, towards the camera, in a gray hat and a purple t-shirt. See more »

Quotes

Christopher: What are you doing?
Christopher Gardner: Paying a parking ticket.
Christopher: ...But we don't have a car anymore.
Christopher Gardner: Yeah, I know...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire (2007) See more »

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Lord, Don't Move That Mountain
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Written by Doris Akers and Mahalia Jackson
Performed by The Glide Ensemble
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The Secret To Winning in Life - Best movie of the year !
18 December 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The best drama movie of 2006, so sincere, real, intense, inspiring but at the same time challenging you to participate in the movie, you are being dragged into the movie, in the end it will not only bring happiness to your face and heart, but it will also make you a better person or at least highlight the great parts you have in your character. What feels most striking about this film is not its truth or accuracy, at least not in a technical sense. Rather, it's that the film does not seek blame or create unfounded obstacles for the character - particularly racial ones - instead enabling Chris' triumph as a personal one unencumbered by social or political context. Ultimately, this isn't the story of a black man learning how to succeed in a white world, or a poor person becoming rich, but the achievement of one man who looked past the litany of obstacles to which he could have easily surrendered. The fact that no one in the film looks down on him because of his sometimes unkempt appearance, much less the color of his skin, is a testament to the unfiltered purity of the real Gardner's story, and what makes the movie accessible to all audiences.


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