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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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Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Chris Gardner
Jaden Smith ... Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)
Thandie Newton ... Linda
Brian Howe ... Jay Twistle
James Karen ... Martin Frohm
Dan Castellaneta ... Alan Frakesh
Kurt Fuller ... Walter Ribbon
Takayo Fischer ... Mrs. Chu
Kevin West ... World's Greatest Dad
George Cheung ... Chinese Maintenance Worker (as George K. Cheung)
David Michael Silverman David Michael Silverman ... Doctor at First Hospital
Domenic Bove ... Tim Ribbon
Geoff Callan ... Ferrari Owner
Joyful Raven Joyful Raven ... Hippie Girl
Scott Klace ... 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

15 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Chris Gardner Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,541,709, 17 December 2006

Gross USA:

$163,566,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$307,077,295
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Linda is based on Chris Gardner's first wife, Sherry, and the mother of his children. Sherry came from a wealthier background and had a famous cousin Robert Alexander. At social soirees with Alexander, Chris befriended Danny Glover and Samuel L Jackson before they were famous. See more »

Goofs

In reality, Chris's internship was not unpaid. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Gardner: [after playing basket ball] Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right?
Christopher: All right.
Christopher Gardner: You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.
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Connections

References Inside Moves (1980) See more »

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Bridge Over Troubled Water
(1969)
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Roberta Flack
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Amazing!
16 December 2006 | by jellienellie818See all my reviews

I have been a fan of Will Smith for years and I have to say this may be his best film yet! "The Pursuit of Happiness" is just a wonderful (based on a true) story, full of adventure, hope, and pain. I saw the movie last night in a packed theater. Big Willie Weekend has returned, and for good reason! It's a great movie to see during the holidays and definitely a tear-jerker! Perfect for a date, a night out with friends, or even with family. If you ever thought Will Smith really couldn't act (and shame on you!), you'll think otherwise once you see this movie. You can really feel what he's going through just by looking in his eyes. And Jaden Smith is too adorable! Their on screen chemistry is almost unbearable to watch! Go see this movie! Great acting, great directing, great writing...you won't regret it!


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