Good Will Hunting

January 9th, 1998

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Good Will Hunting

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Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 8.1/10 (223,919 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart.

Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Matt Damon - Will Hunting
Robin Williams - Sean Maguire
Ben Affleck - Chuckie Sullivan
Stellan Skarsgård - Prof. Gerald Lambeau
Minnie Driver - Skylar
Casey Affleck - Morgan O'Mally
Cole Hauser - Billy McBride
John Mighton - Tom - Lambeau's Teaching Assistant
Rachel Majorowski - Krystyn
Colleen McCauley - Cathy
Matt Mercier - Barbershop Quartet #1
Ralph St. George - Barbershop Quartet #2
Rob Lynds - Barbershop Quartet #3
Dan Washington - Barbershop Quartet #4
Alison Folland - M.I.T. Student #1

Taglines: Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

Release Date: 9 January 1998

Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $272,912 (USA) (7 December 1997) (7 Screens)

Gross: $138,339,411 (USA) (26 July 1998)

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Did You Know?

Roger Ebert asked in his "Movie Answer Man" column for suggestions as to who Will's brothers Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian were named after. Gina Dante of Minneapolis suggested that they were "directors whom Ben Affleck and Matt Damon would like to work with": Marc Rocco, Richard Attenborough, Danny Boyle, Terry Gilliam, Mikael Salomon, David Fincher, Tim Burton, Tom Hanks, Joel Schumacher, Robert Redford, John Woo, and Brian De Palma.

Continuity: When Gerald and Sean are arguing in Sean's office, the picture of the boat is missing. When Will enters and catches them mid-argument, the picture is back in the window.

[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.

User Review

Beautiful in its own way.

Rating: 10/10

There's one thing about Hollywood - you can't stop the hype. I think it was the hype that gave this movie the bad reviews by some IMDB users, as let's face it, it can totally ruin a movie for some people.

In "Good Will Hunting", you have to look past the hype and Oscars and see that it really is a gorgeous film written by two very talented young men, and acted out by proficient actors such as Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgard. Personally, I thought the plot was an excellent idea - maybe someone else could have thought of it, but could they have provided the great script? And as for the profanity - yes, there was a lot, but I don't give a damn! This is real life! People swear! Deal with it!

Anyway, what I really enjoyed about "Good Will Hunting" was the psychological aspect - very believable. Here you have this "typical" 21 - year - old, drinking with his friends, getting into fights, etc etc, but you look below the surface and there's a lot more to him. I think this really tells us a lot about the people around us and makes a point about looking below the surface. This aspect of the movie also revealed a lot of sociological issues - yes, it IS believable that there is a genius in a rough suburb of Boston, repressed by his upbringing. (Hey, my mum even says so, and she teaches sociology!)

I enjoyed the acting a lot, especially by Robin Williams - I had been too used to seeing him in cutesy films, so this was definitely a refreshing change. I feel he plunged right into the part and relished it, although something told me his accent wasn't quite right! Will's relationships with the people around him are wonderful to watch, especially with Skylar (Minnie Driver) - there was real chemistry between them. I also liked to watch how Will behaved around his buddies; the four guys really seemed as if they had known each other all their lives.

Overall, I thought this movie was believable and touching, without your typical ending. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck really have done themselves proud. My advice: Forget the Oscar nominations, the rave reviews, the famous faces, and sit down to watch this movie with a completely impartial attitude. You will see that it really is beautiful.

By the way, I very VERY rarely cry at movies. But if there's any scene that will have me in tears, it's the one where Will finally breaks down and starts to cry. That's saying something!

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