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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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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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Ferrari Owner
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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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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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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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 L'ultimo bacio (2001) and Remember Me, My Love (2003). See more »

Goofs

Before Chris solves the Rubik's cube, he is talking to Jay Twistle on the sidewalk near the taxi. A man in a brown jacket and tie passes by, followed by a blonde in blue clothing. A few seconds later, they pass by again walking in the same direction. When Chris runs out of the building after saying he has learned to get his job done early to make it to the shelter in time, the same man and woman appear in the distance, walking together. Near the end of the movie, when Chris learns he got the job, he walks outside, into a crowd of people walking. One of the extras walking near Chris is the same blonde in the same blue clothing. See more »

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[last lines]
Christopher Gardner: How many planets are there?
Christopher: Um... 7?
Christopher Gardner: Seven? Nine! OK, who's the king of the jungle?
Christopher: The gorilla?
Christopher Gardner: Gorilla? Nope. Lion.
Christopher: Yeah, lion, lion. You wanna hear something funny?
Christopher Gardner: OK.
Christopher: Knock knock.
Christopher Gardner: Who's there?
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Seven Pounds (2010) See more »

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Bridge Over Troubled Water
(1969)
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Roberta Flack
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Amazing!
16 December 2006 | by (United States) – 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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