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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 endeavor.



(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)
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Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
David Michael Silverman ...
Doctor at First Hospital
Ferrari Owner
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,541,709 (USA) (15 December 2006)


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

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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 director Gabriele Muccino in his movies. See more »


When Chris admires the stock broker in the red sports car, the stock broker parks his car several feet behind another car. In the next shot, from across the street, the red sports car is just a few inches behind the other car. In the next shot, back to the original location, it is several feet away. See more »


Christopher Gardner: There's no salary?
Jay Twistle: No.
Christopher Gardner: I was not aware of that. My circumstances have changed some.
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Written by Leon Russell
Performed by George Benson
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User Reviews

Will Smith is Oscar-worthy, no doubt about it.
15 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's the deal: It's real, it's heavy, and it's inspirational, but NOT AT ALL cheesy. Don't like that? Don't see it. I won't say much else. I will say that Will Smith was shockingly good now that he's paid his dues with "Men in Black" and "Bad Boys."

I was very happy that this film never got political and blamed Reagan for the number of "down on their luck" people that were shown, nor was the race card ever pulled out. It was also refreshing that Smith's character never blamed anybody for his troubles.

It's very funny at parts, but be prepared for some serious drama. In no ways is it cliché or contrived or boring. Let's just say that's it not Oliver Stone dramatic. This truly is a must see. To say "I laughed, I cried" would be really lame. It is the truth, though.

We know that Scorsese's crowning achievement "The Departed" is going to take the cake at the Oscars, and I won't be complaining. But this movie deserves to be experienced and taken in by the masses.

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