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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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Cast

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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
Joyful Raven ...
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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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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 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

Tyson Mao served as a consultant for the prop department. See more »

Goofs

When Smith purchases a new lamp for the scanner and is on the bus, he holds it up to the camera and shows it to be a Xenon tube, the sort used for strobe lights and camera flash. Later on after he repairs the scanner and switches it on, it shows as continuously illuminated. This type of lamp is a high speed discharge lamp that can only flash and lighting it continuously would melt it in seconds. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Williams: The important thing about that freedom train, is it's got to climb mountains. We ALL have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide. We sing about them.
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

This Masquerade
(1972)
Written by Leon Russell
Performed by George Benson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great performances, inspiring story
7 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was involved with one of the first test audiences almost a year ago, and came away quite impressed with the acting performances and heartfelt punch of Pursuit of Happiness. This is easily one of Smith's best films, as he pours his heart and soul into the main character. While the plot may remain a bit transparent, it leaves you asking the question of yourself - how long would you keep battling to get what you really want out of life? I plan on seeing the film again when it releases to the general public, and am very interested to see what changes were made after running it through the test screenings. As I saw it then, it needed very few, if any, changes.


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