Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

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Director: Gus Van Sant

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… See more details below

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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:
12/01/1998
UPC:
0786936066876
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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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