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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.

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... William Forrester
... Jamal Wallace
... Prof. Robert Crawford
... Claire Spence
... Terrell Wallace
... Ms. Joyce
... John Coleridge
... Dr. Spence
Richard Easton ... Prof. Matthews
... Massie, Forrester's Delivery Man
Lil' Zane ... Damon (as Zane Copeland Jr.)
... Janice Wallace
Fly Williams III ... Fly
... Kenzo
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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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Descubriendo a Forrester  »

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$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$701,207, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

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$51,804,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,049,764
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In addition to being based on J.D. Salinger, William Forrester is also heavily inspired by John Kennedy Toole. Toole wrote the book "A Confederacy of Dunces", a mysteriously autobiographical book, but when no one would publish it, he committed suicide in his car. Years later, the book was published and won the Pulitzer Prize. See more »

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When Jamal is talking with the BMW owner, Jamal makes the statement about the origin of the BMW logo representing spinning propellers. This is actually not true. The BMW emblem is actually derived from the national colors of Bavaria and the roundel was mirroring the original Rapp Motor Works emblem. See more »

Quotes

Jamal: "The rest of those who have gone before us cannot steady the unrest of those to follow." You wrote that in your book.
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Jamal and friends play basketball through the end credits from the window of Forrester's apartment. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.89 (2006) See more »

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OVER THE RAINBOW/WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen/George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Courtesy of the Mountain Apple Company Hawai'i/Big Boy Records
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a very good film
29 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

September 2004.... While walking through the aisles of Blockbuster in search of films my wife and I may have missed through the years, we stumbled on "Finding Forrester". I had a slight recollection of a recommendation from a friend some time ago. In a nutshell, we really enjoyed this film. Both main characters are charming and convincing. The story makes you think and is clever. If you liked "Good Will Hunting" you will probably like this movie too, since it has a similar flavor to it. Though the film is 4 years old, the story is timeless and worth watching. Enjoy, Jimmy


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