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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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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

Will Smith wanted Gabriele Muccino to direct this movie after seeing his films L'ultimo bacio (2001) and Remember Me, My Love (2003). See more »

Goofs

Chris's basketball is from "Classic Sport," which was founded 1993. His ball was introduced in 2000. 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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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Gilmore Girls Only (2007) See more »

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I Know It's a Sin
(1958)
Written by Jimmy Reed and Mary Reed
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Take your parents to see it over the holidays
30 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this movie in a screening. I really enjoyed it, and felt that it lived up to the teary and heartwarming trailer. While the movie has an uplifting "go for your dreams" message, the deepest theme is that of family.

Will Smith did a great job as the father trying to protect his son from their circumstances of becoming homeless as much as he can, while at the same time trying to work in the competitive world of stocks as an un-paid intern. Jaden Smith was outstanding as the preschool-aged kid who knows things are going wrong and tries to have a stiff upper lip, but just can't do it all the time.

The story is very touching and was close to home for me. My family has been through some tough times, and this movie just reminded me of how much my parents struggled to provide for our family and yet kept life fun as much as they could. I am excited to go see this with my parents as a way to say thank you.


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