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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

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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film, period advertisements for Pacific Southwest Airlines can be seen in numerous places (taxis, buses, BART stations). PSA was a very popular low-fare airline in California during the period in which this film is set. See more »

Goofs

When the Gardners leave for the football game in Walter Ribbon's Mercedes, the license plate is for a truck, not a car. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Gardner: [in an empty subway] You gotta trust me, all right?
Christopher: I trust you.
Christopher Gardner: 'Cause I'm getting a better job
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Performed by Joe Cocker
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Will Smith is Oscar-worthy, no doubt about it.
15 December 2006 | by roachG-1See all my reviews

Here's the deal: It's real, it's heavy, and it's inspirational, but NOT AT ALL cheesy. Don't like that? Don't see it. I won't say much else. I will say that Will Smith was shockingly good now that he's paid his dues with "Men in Black" and "Bad Boys."

I was very happy that this film never got political and blamed Reagan for the number of "down on their luck" people that were shown, nor was the race card ever pulled out. It was also refreshing that Smith's character never blamed anybody for his troubles.

It's very funny at parts, but be prepared for some serious drama. In no ways is it cliché or contrived or boring. Let's just say that's it not Oliver Stone dramatic. This truly is a must see. To say "I laughed, I cried" would be really lame. It is the truth, though.

We know that Scorsese's crowning achievement "The Departed" is going to take the cake at the Oscars, and I won't be complaining. But this movie deserves to be experienced and taken in by the masses.


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