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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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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

Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson on The Simpsons (1989), co-stars in the film as one of Gardner's superiors and requests a donut from Gardener. This is a nod to Casellaneta's animated counterpart who shares a similar taste for donuts. See more »

Goofs

When Chris gets into the cab with Mr. Twistle, a nearby UPS truck has their 2004 livery painted on it. See more »

Quotes

Christopher: [while walking past a bus and to sell a bone density scanner] Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said "Do you need help?" and the man said "God will save me". Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said "God will save me", then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, "God, why didn't you save me?" and God said "I sent you two boats, you dummy!"
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Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Morning, Morning
(1967)
Written by Tuli Kupferberg
Performed by Richie Havens
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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Amazing
19 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best films of this year. For a year that was fueled by controversy and crap, it was nice to finally see a film that had a true heart to it. From the opening scene to the end, I was so moved by the love that Will Smith has for his son. Basically, if you see this movie and walk out of it feeling nothing, there is something that is very wrong with you. Loved this movie, it's the perfect movie to end the year with. The best part was after the movie, my friends and I all got up and realized that this movie had actually made the four of us tear up! It's an amazing film and if Will Smith doesn't get at least an Oscar Nom, then the Oscars will just suck. In fact Will Smith should actually just win an Oscar for this role.!!! I loved this movie!!!! Everybody needs to see especially the people in this world that take everything for granted, watch this movie, it will change you!


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