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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Chris Gardner
Jaden Smith ... Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith)
Thandiwe Newton ... Linda (as Thandie Newton)
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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Inspired by a true story.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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

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Trivia

When Chris (Will Smith) tells Jay (Brian Howe) that he'll let him know if he's going to accept the internship position, there is a VERY subtle reference to "Men In Black." When Agent J (Smith) asks Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) if it's worth it to accept the job, Agent K turns back over the wrong shoulder and points at Agent J. The exact same thing happens in "The Pursuit of Happyness." Smith is deciding if he is going to take the job, and Howe turns back over the wrong shoulder and points at him. See more »

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When Chris enters the day care center to pick up his son, the cameraman and camera are reflected in the window. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Gardner: [voice-over] This part of my life... this part right here? This part is called "being stupid."
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This Masquerade
(1972)
Written by Leon Russell
Performed by George Benson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great performances, inspiring story
7 December 2006 | by nwsurfriderSee all my reviews

I was involved with one of the first test audiences almost a year ago, and came away quite impressed with the acting performances and heartfelt punch of Pursuit of Happiness. This is easily one of Smith's best films, as he pours his heart and soul into the main character. While the plot may remain a bit transparent, it leaves you asking the question of yourself - how long would you keep battling to get what you really want out of life? I plan on seeing the film again when it releases to the general public, and am very interested to see what changes were made after running it through the test screenings. As I saw it then, it needed very few, if any, changes.


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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:

$307,127,625
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2.35 : 1
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