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Pursuit of Happyness, The (2006)

Original Title : The Pursuit of Happyness
Director : Gabriele Muccino
Writer : Steve Conrad
Genre : Biography
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : David Alper , Todd Black , Jason Blumenthal , Mark Clayman , Louis D'Esposito , Chris Gardner , James Lassiter , Will Smith , Steve Tisch , Teddy Zee
Music : Andrea Guerra
Photography : Phedon Papamichael
Distributor : Sony Pictures Entertainment
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for some language.
IMDB ID : 0454921
Official site : http://www.columbia.fr/alarecherchedubonheur/
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Starring

Will Smith Chris Gardner
Jaden Smith Christopher (as Jaden Christopher Syre Smith
Thandie Newton Linda
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 Doctor at First Hospital
Domenic Bove Tim Ribbon
Geoff Callan Ferrari Owner
Joyful Raven Hippie Girl
Scott Klace Tim Brophy
Rashida Clendening Bus Driver
Eric Schniewind Doctor
Peter Fitzsimmons Doctor
Maurice Sherbanee Roy the Old Neighbor
Zuhair Haddad Cab Driver
Victor Raider-Wexler Landlord
Mark Christopher Lawrence Wayne
Darryl Fong Policeman
George Maguire Police Clerk
Joe Nunez Driver Who Hits Chris (as Joseph A. Nuñez
Adam Del Rio Shoe-Spotting Intern
Rocky LaRochelle Motel Manager
Erin Cahill Dean Witter Receptionist
Rueben Grundy Businessman
Lo Ming Young Executive
John Kovacevich Young Executive
Bonnie Akimoto Doctor's Receptionist
Stu Klitsner Dr. Strauk
Esther Scott Shelter Worker
Tina D'Elia Shelter Worker
Rev. Cecil Williams Reverend Williams (as Cecil Williams
David Fine Big Guy Rodney
George Moffatt Homeless Guy in Line
Amir Talai Clerk
Mike Garibaldi Paul
Jason Frazier Young Man - Bus Fight
Kevin Crook Smug Intern
David Haines Other Young Executive
James Finnerty News Reporter (as Jim Finnerty
Abigail Van Alyn Ribbon's Receptionist
Bob Greene Doctor at Oakland Memorial Hospital
Robert Anthony Peters Glide Shelter Worker
Terri Orth-Pallavicini Secretary
John Robb Homeless Guy
Daniel Wilder Homeless Guy
Cathy Fithian Policewoman
Keith Stevenson Indian Grocery Clerk
Jeff Applebaum Dean Witter Employee
Victor Hoagland Ribbon's Associate
Richard Bischoff Ribbon's Associate
Edward Donlin Dr. Don Florio
Larry Hunt Bucket Man
Rose Aispuro Blood Center Clerk
Arbin C. Kumar Check Cashing Clerk
Jerry Edward McLilly Smiley
Shareef Allman Prisoner
Jeffrey Moon Pizza Dad
Peaches Hutchinson Pizza Mom
Brandon Deadwiler Pizza Son
Tateanna Wheeler-Lezine Pizza Daughter
Karen Kahn Professional Woman
Molly Celaschi Business Woman (uncredited
Kimberly Contreras Hippie (uncredited
Ryan Else Dean Witter Intern (uncredited
Travis Fields Electronics Store Patron (uncredited
Benjamin Fritz Dean Witter Trader (uncredited
Chris Gardner Passerby on Street (uncredited
David Hodges Dean Witter Trader (uncredited
Shawn Kresal Dean Witter Trader (uncredited
David Pearl Stock Trader (uncredited
John Patrick Shulak Restaurant Patron (uncredited
Donn Andrew Simmons Dean Witter Trader (uncredited
 

Plot

In 1981, Chris Gardner was a struggling salesman in little needed medical bone density scanners while his wife toiled in double shifts to support the family including their young son, Christopher. In the face of this difficult life, Chris has the desperate inspiration to try for a stockbroker internship where one in twenty has a chance of a lucrative full time career. Even when his wife leaves him because of this choice, Chris clings to this dream with his son even when the odds become more daunting by the day. Together, father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and the overall punishing despair in a quest that would make Gardner a respected millionaire.
 

Comments

Take your parents to see it over the holidays, 30 November 2006 Author: thinkr from United States 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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