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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 15 December 2006 (USA)
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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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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Untitled Chris Gardner Project  »

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Box Office

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

The homeless people, who worked as extras, received a full day's pay at minimum wage ($8.62 per hour) and free catered meals. For some, it was the first money they had made in a while. See more »

Goofs

When Chris enters the firm for the first time, covered in paint, he turns the corner of cubicles while following the assistant. A crew member in a green shirt, black pullover, and red hat, retreats behind a pillar underneath the stock ticker. See more »

Quotes

[after he hits Chris in the middle of the street while other onlookers help Christopher Sr. find his shoe]
Driver Who Hits Chris: Hey, asshole! Are you all right, asshole?
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know It's a Sin
(1958)
Written by Jimmy Reed and Mary Reed
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Amazing!
16 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have been a fan of Will Smith for years and I have to say this may be his best film yet! "The Pursuit of Happiness" is just a wonderful (based on a true) story, full of adventure, hope, and pain. I saw the movie last night in a packed theater. Big Willie Weekend has returned, and for good reason! It's a great movie to see during the holidays and definitely a tear-jerker! Perfect for a date, a night out with friends, or even with family. If you ever thought Will Smith really couldn't act (and shame on you!), you'll think otherwise once you see this movie. You can really feel what he's going through just by looking in his eyes. And Jaden Smith is too adorable! Their on screen chemistry is almost unbearable to watch! Go see this movie! Great acting, great directing, great writing...you won't regret it!


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