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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)
World's Greatest Dad
Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
David Michael Silverman ...
Doctor at First Hospital
Ferrari Owner
Joyful Raven ...


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

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  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on a true story. See more »


The movie shows all-glass bus shelters with large poster ads. The San Francisco MUNI adopted all-glass bus shelters in the 1990s. The posters first appeared in the late '90s. See more »


Christopher Gardner: Probably means there's a good chance. Possibly means we might or we might not.
Christopher: Okay.
Christopher Gardner: So, what does probably mean?
Christopher: It means we have a good chance.
Christopher Gardner: And what does possibly mean?
Christopher: I know what it means! It means we're not going to the game.
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References NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »


Jesus Children of America
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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User Reviews

Great Movie
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was blessed to have seen this movie last night. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me love life.

This movie is a great movie that depicts a love of a father for his son. Will Smith did an incredible job and deserves every accolade available to him. His son also did a fantastic job.

There is a great lesson that is learned in this movie and it truly shares the struggles of everyday life.

This movie was heart felt and touching. It was truly an experience worth having. Thank you for making this movie and I look forward to seeing it again.

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