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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.

Director:

Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 24 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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$163,566,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$307,077,295
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The homeless people, who worked as extras, received a full day's pay at minimum wage ($8.62/hour) and free catered meals. For some, it was the first money they had made in a while. See more »

Goofs

Will Smith's character's car is "booted" and towed away due to unpaid parking tickets. San Francisco began using the Denver Boot in the mid 1990's. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Gardner: [standing outside the interview room] There's no salary?
Jay Twistle: No.
Christopher Gardner: I was not aware of that. My circumstances have changed some.
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Higher Ground
(1973)
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Amazing
19 December 2006 | by Godsmack04See all my reviews

This is one of the best films of this year. For a year that was fueled by controversy and crap, it was nice to finally see a film that had a true heart to it. From the opening scene to the end, I was so moved by the love that Will Smith has for his son. Basically, if you see this movie and walk out of it feeling nothing, there is something that is very wrong with you. Loved this movie, it's the perfect movie to end the year with. The best part was after the movie, my friends and I all got up and realized that this movie had actually made the four of us tear up! It's an amazing film and if Will Smith doesn't get at least an Oscar Nom, then the Oscars will just suck. In fact Will Smith should actually just win an Oscar for this role.!!! I loved this movie!!!! Everybody needs to see especially the people in this world that take everything for granted, watch this movie, it will change you!


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