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Good Will Hunting (1997)

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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

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Gus Van Sant
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Top Rated Movies #101 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Will
Ben Affleck ... Chuckie
Stellan Skarsgård ... Lambeau
John Mighton John Mighton ... Tom
Rachel Majorowski Rachel Majorowski ... Krystyn
Colleen McCauley Colleen McCauley ... Cathy
Casey Affleck ... Morgan
Cole Hauser ... Billy
Matt Mercier ... Barbershop Quartet #1
Ralph St. George Ralph St. George ... Barbershop Quartet #2
Rob Lynds Rob Lynds ... Barbershop Quartet #3
Dan Washington Dan Washington ... Barbershop Quartet #4
Alison Folland ... M.I.T. Student
Derrick Bridgeman Derrick Bridgeman ... M.I.T. Student
Vik Sahay ... M.I.T. Student (as Vic Sahay)
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Storyline

A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by Dima & Danielle

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Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Will Hunting See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$272,912, 7 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$138,433,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,933,435
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Mel Gibson dropped out of directing, Michael Mann expressed interest in directing. However, he wanted to make two major changes: he wanted Will and his friends to be car thieves, and he did not want Matt Damon for the lead role, since he was still relatively unknown then. The producers, who wanted Damon, suggested the Mann film some screentests with Damon and Ben Affleck. After Mann filmed the screentests, he went back to the producers and said he still did not want Damon in the lead, so the producers and Miramax parted ways with Mann, since the film was Damon and Affleck's project from the start. See more »

Goofs

The combinatorial problems and solutions shown on blackboards are elementary ones, not the sort that would occupy a Fields medalist for years. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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In the television version, Skylar tells a different joke in the bar scene with Will and his "brothers." Instead of the "kiss me" joke, she tells one about a man who is falling from a cliff. See more »

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Referenced in Phil of the Future: Good Phil Hunting (2005) See more »

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If I Had the Last Dream in the World
Written by Joe Liles
Performed by Northeast Connection
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Two Pals Make Good in Hollywood
25 June 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck scored quite a success with their interesting and entertaining script. The introduction and exposition sections are enormously engrossing, after which script peaks and rather coasts along the rest of the way. Yet, the casting is so well done, and the acting at such good level, that interest is nicely maintained.

What "Hunting" essentially consists of is some two dozen conversational scenes, bridged together with short transitions of physical activity. What is rather remarkable is that one isn't aware of the dramatic limitations comprising the structure. This is a real tribute to the cast, director, and of course, the script. While the basic situation is really quite far-fetched, it is made to seem plausible--again, the mark of good, convincing writing. The story behind getting the script sold and produced on the terms of the writers' preferences is fascinating. Still, one can't really call it luck, for both Damon and Affleck "paid their dues" -- and success did not just fall into their laps. These are two talented young men, with perseverance; and how wonderful for them to have achieved such success while still youthful and full of vitality.

"Good Will Hunting" is a good production, with solid craftsmanship in all departments -- thanks to the creativity of Damon and Affleck.


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