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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

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

When the stock broker stops his sports car and gets out, it rolls back, as if the hand brake has not been applied. See more »

Quotes

Christopher: [while eating in a restaurant] 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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Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Young Man
(1969)
Written by Mose Allison, Richard Dorfmeister, and Peter Kruder
Performed by Peter Kruder (as Kruder) and Richard Dorfmeister (as Dorfmeister) featuring Mose Allison
Courtesy of G-Stone Recordings
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Meaningful and Uplifting
14 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

My husband and I had an opportunity to attend a screener of this movie last night. We had seen several commercials and a trailer for the film and we had high hopes, we were not disappointed. Many times "inspired by" films feel like hard sells or bids for Oscar glory. "Pursuit of Happiness" is none of that. This is an honest, meaningful film that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. The viewer becomes fully invested in the struggles of Chris Gardner and his son. Will and Jadyn Smith deserve huge kudos. The real-life father and son dynamic enriched the film and don't know if other actors could have been as powerful. Be warned, there are several tissue inducing moments. This movie is well worth a ticket!


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