Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

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Director: Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck

Cast: Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck

     
 

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting (Damon), gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie (Affleck), and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar (Minnie Driver). After MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting (Damon), gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie (Affleck), and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar (Minnie Driver). After MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. Will agrees to the latter but refuses to cooperate with a succession of therapists. Lambeau then contacts his former classmate, therapist Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. Both are equally stubborn, but Will is finally forced to deal with both his past and his future.

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Featuring a script by obscure actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and direction by Gus Van Sant, previously a director who avoided the mainstream, Good Will Hunting beat all odds to become a huge success. Powered by Miramax's marketing muscle, its real life rags-to-riches story mirrored the fortunes of titular, troubled math genius Will Hunting. The story is fairly conventional: equal parts love story, coming-of-age struggle, ode to friendship, and therapy session, the film didn't so much break new ground as till well-trod property. But its assured direction, strong production values, and heartfelt lead performances helped make it an out-of-nowhere success, propelled by the attractive synergy between its real story and its fictional story. In addition to raking in millions at the box office, it gave Robin Williams his first Oscar and won Best Original Screenplay for Damon and Affleck. The toast of Hollywood in the aftermath of their triumph, they had no trouble finding the sort of quality roles that had seemed so out of reach when they wrote their screenplay. Where many movies seem to speak from their wallets, here was one that spoke from the heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
UPC:
0031398134619
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:06:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Will Hunting
Robin Williams Sean McGuire
Ben Affleck Chuckie
Minnie Driver Skylar
Stellan Skarsgård Lambeau
Casey Affleck Morgan
Cole Hauser Billy
George Plimpton Dr. Henry Lipkin

Technical Credits
Gus Van Sant Director
Ben Affleck Screenwriter
Su Armstrong Executive Producer
Kerry Barden Casting
Lawrence Bender Producer
Matt Damon Original Story,Screenwriter
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Elliott Smith Songwriter
Jean-Yves Escoffier Cinematographer
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jeffrey Kimball Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Moore Co-producer
Scott Mosier Executive Producer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Kevin Smith Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Melissa Stewart Production Designer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

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Audio commetnary by director Gus Van Sant and Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; 11 deleted scenes with audio commentary; Production featurette; Academy Award best picture montage; "Miss Misery" music video; Behind-the-scenes footage; Theatrical trailer

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Good Will Hunting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
One of those movies, you saw a little bit of but never the whole thing. Then finally you see the whole thing and you find its a pretty good movie. Especially the performances are really good.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Very good movie wow Matt was so cute with that blonde hair and that accent, I would recommend this movie to anyone !!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Set in culturally colorful and brutal, predominately Irish South Boston, Will Hunting is a tortured genius always in scuffles with his past, his love, and the cops. This is a major keeper in a modern cinema that begs for deserving quality. Written by Affleck and Damon, it reflects also young genuises in writing that seems never to be realized unfortunately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a movie about trust because the main character, Will Hunting, had trouble with attachtment and pushed everyone away before he can earn someones trust. This movie was a comming of age story because Will realizes that everything that has happened to him while growing up wasn't his fault. My favorite character was the therapist, Sean, because he helped Will find what he was and wanted in his life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was of especial interest to me because in many ways my background parallels that of Will Hunting. It is a good story, with good acting, but what spoils it for me is the fact that the psychologist waves his magic wand and Will Hunting is cured - well, almost. The truth is, it takes years and years and years to leave behind a war zone childhood. Also, when traumatized, it is nearly impossible to excel academically because of the baggage, stress and anxiety of surviving. If you are in a war for 15 years, and the guns suddenly stop, how long before you accept the fact that you don't have to duck when there is an explosion? The opportunity to explore the impact of a horrible childhood on a potentially great intellect was blown in the interest of a pure hollywood ending. I am over 60 and am still in the process of leaving the war zone even though the guns stopped firing over 45 years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is about trust.In the beginning, It looks like Will trusts his friends, but it was not actually a trust, It was more loyality.Will does not trust anyone because he was an orphan.His original parents had abandoned him. Will has a moment of catharsis when Robert Williams said, "It's not your fault." Over and over.Will realized every thing that did happen to him didn't happen beacuse of him.It help his renewal for living.He goes to California to find his .At end of the movie,he figure, she did really love him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a great achievemnet to the Academy of Movies and a great movie for viewers over the age of 10. Powerful and intriging moments with a hint of emotion. Robin Williams was outstanding as his role in the movie. Ben Affleck gave his best performance ever although thats not saying much. Matt Damon was Oscar worthy for his role. Over all the movie was worth watching time and time again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trust is very important in every relationship because it helps you to understand the feelings of the people in your life. It can also help you to express your feelings. Will discovers that he is a good person and the troubles that he went through wasn't his fault. Robin Williams was my favorite character, he tried to show the behavior of a person Will could trust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the picture shown here is the ''Collector's Edition'' and it shows a lengthy features list, this is actually the featureless standard edition. Do not order it unless you want the standard edition. I ordered it months ago and complained, but they still haven't fixed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The use of the F-word is almost crucial here, as this is a commentary on society today. In the social circles examined here, the words are believable and not ''over-written''. Let's face it, for better or worse, this is how many communicate, especially in Southie! :) That aside, this movie comes highly recommended as an inspiration to anyone who has ever been taught or teaches - that would be all of us, right?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was about trust because all of the things that Will went through. It shows why he didnt trust anyone and who he could trust. This is also a comming of age story. Will discovered who he is and all the things that happened to him are not his fault. He realizes that somebody can love him for who he is. Will was my favorite actor in the movie because he dealt with a lot and learned from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent film although there were way too many unnecessary ''F-words'' in there. I can't recall one scene that didn't use the ''F-word'', but anyway, this movie was uplifting, funny, sad, clever, and wonderfully intelligent with brilliant performances from Robin Williams and Matt Damon. I recommend this title to the average moviegoer
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a movie about trust because Will learned to trust Sean by testing him. He learned that all the things that had happened to him were not his fault. This is a story of coming of age. Will learns to trust and love others in his life. Matt Damen was my favorite character because he is a tuff person. He learned to see that he could trust someone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is awsome not appropriate for kids alot of cursing involved.But overall it is the best movie ever you gatta whatch it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the other reviewer, I too ordered this DVD thinking it had was the ''Collector's Edition'' shown on this page with the many features listed above. WRONG!!! You get the standard edition DVD, with only a small subset of the features (none of the following: deleted scenes, commentary, featurette, tv spots, best picture montage, etc.) Repeated attempts to get B&N to straighten this out have failed - I now possess 2 copies of the WRONG DVD version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a movie about trust because that is something that the main character, Will, had trouble with. Once he learned how to trust he was able to start anew with a much better life. This is also a coming of age story because Will discovers that he is a good person and that he is able to trust. He realizes that what happened wasn't his fault and sees that people can love him back for who he is. My favorite character in the movie is the doctor, Sean. He is a wise person. He has gone through some of the same things that Will has gone through and is able to help him deal with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie teaches that you should trust peoplein your life. if you dont, you will lead a lonely life. This is a copmming of age story where Will realizes nothing was his fault, and that he can love and be loved. My favorite character was Will, because he reminds me of myself. Our lives are simliar, but still different; we have to go through a lot in our lives. So I am able to identify with him.
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