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Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Mike Rich
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5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... William Forrester
Rob Brown ... Jamal Wallace
F. Murray Abraham ... Prof. Robert Crawford
Anna Paquin ... Claire Spence
Busta Rhymes ... Terrell Wallace
April Grace ... Ms. Joyce
Michael Pitt ... John Coleridge
Michael Nouri ... Dr. Spence
Richard Easton ... Prof. Matthews
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Massie, Forrester's Delivery Man
Lil' Zane Lil' Zane ... Damon (as Zane Copeland Jr.)
Stephanie Berry ... Janice Wallace
Fly Williams III Fly Williams III ... Fly
Damany Mathis ... Kenzo
Damion Lee Damion Lee ... Clay
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Because of scoring exceptionally high on a statewide standardized exam and being an exceptionally good basketball player Jamal Wallace is sent to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan. He soon befriends the reclusive writer, William Forrester. Written by the chan man

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In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Descubriendo a Forrester See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$701,207, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,049,764
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| SDDS

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gus Van Sant: Library assistant (at a computer in background) where Jamal attempts to check out Forrester's "Avalon Landing" novel (R1 DVD Time: 1:07:48). See more »

Goofs

When Jamal is talking about the history of the BMW logo, you can see the honeywagon visible further down the street. See more »

Quotes

Forrester: My name is William Forrester.
[points to 'writers wall of fame' pictures]
Forrester: I'm that one.
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During the Columbia logo presentation, Bill Frisell's guitar playing the Columbia accompanying music is heard, rather than the usual orchestral version. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Geniuses (2014) See more »

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Written by Wayne Shorter
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Where do the James Baldwins spring from?
2 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Director Gus Van Sant took the best parts of his own Good Will Hunting and Scent Of A Woman and fashioned Finding Forrester. The title is a something of a misnomer in that Forrester and someone else kind of find each other.

The title role of finding Forrester is played by Sean Connery who is a J.D. Salinger type author who has lived as a recluse in a brownstone. He wrote one novel back in the day and never wrote another. Presumably he said all there was to say in his mind.

A young ghetto kid with a talent for basketball and a bigger talent for writing meet in a rather peculiar fashion that I won't go into. They form a nice relationship, supplying needs for each other. Rob Brown who was a newcomer played the kid who has gotten a basketball scholarship, from a posh prep school, but has dazzled many with his abilities as a writer.

Finding Forrester has an interesting commentary on our stereotypes. Brown is in the school to bring home a basketball champion. Black ghetto kids are supposed to have talent in that direction. But creative writing? Just where do they think the James Baldwins spring from? That's no matter to frustrated professor F. Murray Abraham who teaches because he failed as a novelist. As Connery puts it people can get the mechanics of writing down, but talent can't be learned.

Anyway Brown gets put through a ringer like Chris O'Donnell did in Scent Of A Woman. Can you imagine the late J.D. Salinger coming out of his hideaway in New England on such a mission as Connery undertakes. Much bigger than what Al Pacino did in Scent Of A Woman.

Connery and Brown do form a nice bond and they have good chemistry for the viewer. And that's really about 80% of Finding Forrester.

You'll find Finding Forrester worth the effort.


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