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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 15 December 2006 (USA)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris Gardner
... Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)
... Linda
... Jay Twistle
... Martin Frohm
... Alan Frakesh
... Walter Ribbon
... Mrs. Chu
... World's Greatest Dad
... Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
David Michael Silverman ... Doctor at First Hospital
... Tim Ribbon
... Ferrari Owner
Joyful Raven ... Hippie Girl
... Tim Brophy
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Storyline

Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "bone density scanner". He feels like he has it made selling these devices. However, they do not sell well as they are marginally better than x-ray at a much higher price. As Gardner works to make ends meet, his wife leaves him and he loses his apartment. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner continues to sell bone density scanners while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker, with slim chances for advancement to a paid position. Before he can receive pay, he needs to outshine the competition through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices to stay afloat. Written by John Wiggins, Alf Fonz

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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15 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,541,709, 17 December 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$163,566,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$307,077,295
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Trivia

Based on a true story, though some elements have been changed from the book. For instance, Gardner's internship was not unpaid; he received a modest stipend. He and his son's mother were never married. The son was an infant during the internship. See more »

Goofs

When Chris enters Martin Frohm's office after he is summoned, Martin comments on Chris' shirt ("nice shirt"), which is blue. However, when Chris leaves the office his shirt is white. See more »

Quotes

Martin Frohm: [during the interview room, with Twistle, Frakesh, and Frohm present] What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say?
Christopher Gardner: He must have had on some really nice pants.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Gilmore Girls Only (2007) See more »

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Lord, Don't Move That Mountain
(1960)
Written by Doris Akers and Mahalia Jackson
Performed by The Glide Ensemble
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Great Movie
6 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was blessed to have seen this movie last night. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me love life.

This movie is a great movie that depicts a love of a father for his son. Will Smith did an incredible job and deserves every accolade available to him. His son also did a fantastic job.

There is a great lesson that is learned in this movie and it truly shares the struggles of everyday life.

This movie was heart felt and touching. It was truly an experience worth having. Thank you for making this movie and I look forward to seeing it again.


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