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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | | Drama | 9 January 1998 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Will
... Chuckie
... Lambeau
John Mighton ... Tom
Rachel Majorowski ... Krystyn
Colleen McCauley ... Cathy
... Morgan
... Billy
... Barbershop Quartet #1
Ralph St. George ... Barbershop Quartet #2
Rob Lynds ... Barbershop Quartet #3
Dan Washington ... Barbershop Quartet #4
... M.I.T. Student
Derrick Bridgeman ... M.I.T. Student
... M.I.T. Student (as Vic Sahay)
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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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Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match. See more »

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

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9 January 1998 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Coupled with Matt Damon being cast as the lead in The Rainmaker (1997), and Robin Williams signing onto the film, had led to it getting fast tracked for production. See more »

Goofs

Sean's sandwich order is just "a couple of sandwiches." Unless the brasserie serves only one kind of sandwich, the order is much too vague. 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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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, Will's car is driving down the highway. See more »

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Big Strong Man
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Performed by Wolfe Tones
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This movie has a brilliant script...
21 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

It appears the jury is hung... many people either loved or hated this movie. I can tell you why I loved it. First of all the script. I think it had a real slice of life, and brilliance in it. Sorry, but some people do use 4 letter words to express themselves. And no, it doesn't mean that's because they lack intelligence to use anything else. I can rise to the occasion any time I need w/out profanity. But it is how I think & speak in my day to day life. The language shouldn't even be an issue. If that's all you heard, you weren't listening! The brilliance in it is everywhere. For example, William's character putting Damon's character in place by noting that he sneers at things that he has no real life experience with. I know people like that. Then moments when he (William's character) says gems like, "I'll save you the suspense sport- she isn't perfect & neither are you- the question is whether you are perfect for each other." I'm paraphrasing of course. The question of relationships, and life career decisions- the courage to risk and overcoming whatever your background is, are all a part of real life. This isn't supposed to be about genius or some "white trash" as someone else said (some people might say the kids in this movie aren't trash, just normal hard working, middle class guys) - it's about love, life and courage- courage to ante up & try again, no matter how many times life knocks us around. The acting, direction and script are wonderful. They definitely deserved the Oscar for this. It has soul. It has meaning & I am sad for the people that didn't get it. As the movie "American Beauty" said... LOOK CLOSER.


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