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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Updated: Jun 22

PG-13 | 1h 57min | 8/10 #biography #drama

Parental Rating: PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.)


 
 

➱ STORYLINE:

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) is a biographical drama that tells the true story of Chris Gardner, a struggling salesman in San Francisco. Faced with homelessness and the responsibility of caring for his young son, Gardner takes an unpaid internship at a prestigious brokerage firm in hopes of securing a better future. Despite numerous challenges and setbacks, Gardner's unwavering determination and love for his son drive him to pursue his dream of financial stability and happiness.


➱ STAFF REVIEW:

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), directed by Gabriele Muccino, is an inspiring and heartfelt film that captures the resilience and determination of a father striving to provide a better life for his son. Will Smith delivers a powerful and nuanced performance as Chris Gardner, portraying both his struggles and triumphs with authenticity and emotion. Jaden Smith, in his film debut, shines as Gardner's son, adding depth and warmth to the story. The film's compelling narrative, coupled with its strong performances, makes it a moving and uplifting tale of perseverance and hope.


➱ CREDITS:

Director:

- Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

- Steven Conrad

Based on:

- The memoir "The Pursuit of Happyness" by Chris Gardner

Starring:

- Will Smith as Chris Gardner

- Jaden Smith as Christopher Gardner

- Thandiwe Newton as Linda

- Brian Howe as Jay Twistle

- James Karen as Martin Frohm

- Dan Castellaneta as Alan Frakesh

Produced by:

- Todd Black

- Jason Blumenthal

- Steve Tisch

- James Lassiter

- Will Smith

Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael

Edited by: Hughes Winborne

Music by: Andrea Guerra

Production Company:

- Columbia Pictures

- Relativity Media

- Overbrook Entertainment

- Escape Artists

Distributed by:

- Sony Pictures Releasing

Release date: December 15, 2006

Run Time: 1h 57min

Country: United States

Languages: English

Budget: $55 million

Box office: $307.1 million


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