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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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Gus Van Sant

Writer:

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

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Drama

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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:

$51,804,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,049,764
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Rob Brown got the role after initially auditioning as an extra. Brown had no aspirations of being an actor, and was only hoping to make some money to pay his 300 dollar cell phone bill. But Gus Van Sant invited him to audition for the role of Jamal, and liked his natural ability. See more »

Goofs

At one point, William Forrester chides Jamal about "The single most important criteria" of writing. Given how precise his character is about language, it is unlikely that he would use the plural (criteria) instead of the singular (criterion) - (although after leading with the tautological cliché, "the single most important", perhaps linguistic clumsiness is only to be expected). See more »

Quotes

Forrester: No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!
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Crazy Credits

Jamal and friends play basketball through the end credits from the window of Forrester's apartment. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 8 Mile (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

LONELY FIRE
Written and performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A transcendent film
4 May 2001 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

Director Gus Van Sant also directed `Good Will Hunting' and this film has essentially the same plot. An underprivileged youth is discovered by a reclusive genius and is shepherded to his full potential. What GWH was to math, this film is to literature. They are such close cousins that Van Sant felt compelled to bring in Matt Damon for a cameo.

Regardless of the familiar plot, `Finding Forrester' succeeds because of an excellent screenplay and outstanding acting performances by Sean Connery, Rob Brown and F. Murray Abraham. This kind of story can't help grabbing the audience at a human level. Genius, suppressed by societal class, struggles to emerge and it beats the odds. The story is transcendent for both the main characters. Forrester (Sean Connery) helps Jamal (Rob Wallace) transcend his societal constraints to realize his potential as a writer, and Jamal helps Forrester to transcend the constraints of his emotional traumas to free him as a human being. It is a triumphant story, very uplifting.

Van Sant does a good job of presenting the human element and developing the characters while keeping the photography effective but in the background. The photography is very straightforward, allowing the characters to tell the story without the intrusive use of stylish shots that are all to prevalent lately. Van Sant gives Forrester's apartment a dark and dreary look from a color and lighting perspective, which is particularly effective.

Sean Connery is in top form and continues to make the case for being one of our best and most treasured actors. He gives a virtuoso performance in this film with a complex and ornery character. It is a powerful and moving portrayal. Rob Brown is phenomenal in his first feature film. He was found in a talent search and made an impressive debut with an extremely mature performance. With the right scripts, he has a good chance of having a bright future. F. Murray Abraham is fantastic as the haughty English teacher, who gets his just deserts.

This is a highly intelligent film with a strong story, steady direction and marvelous acting. I rated it a 9/10. Despite an all too familiar storyline, it differentiates itself by its wide-ranging excellence. For those who enjoy good dramatic performances and intriguing character studies, this film is not to be missed.


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