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Good Will Hunting

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

R 1997-12-05 Drama 2hr 7m

When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.

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When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.

  • Released
    1997-12-05
  • Revenue
    $225,900,000
  • Budget
    $10,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 7m
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    8.3
  • Production
    Miramax, Lawrence Bender Productions, Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership

Crew

Gus Van Sant
Director
Ben Affleck
Writer
Lawrence Bender
Producer

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Cast

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Will Hunting
Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Sean Maguire
Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Chuckie Sullivan
Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård

Gerald Lambeau
Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck

Morgan O'Mally
Cole Hauser

Cole Hauser

Billy McBride
Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

MIT Student
Matt Mercier

Matt Mercier

Barbershop Quartet #1
Ralph St. George

Ralph St. George

Barbershop Quartet #2
Rob Lynds

Rob Lynds

Barbershop Quartet #3
Dan Washington

Dan Washington

Barbershop Quartet #4
Alison Folland

Alison Folland

MIT Student
Shannon Egleson

Shannon Egleson

Girl on Street
Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons

Carmine Scarpaglia
Steven Kozlowski

Steven Kozlowski

Carmine Friend #1
Philip Williams

Philip Williams

Head Custodian
Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O'Donnell

Assistant Custodian
Kevin Rushton

Kevin Rushton

Courtroom Guard
Jimmy Flynn

Jimmy Flynn

Judge Malone
Joe Cannon

Joe Cannon

Prosecutor
Ann Matacunas

Ann Matacunas

Court Officer
George Plimpton

George Plimpton

Psychologist
Jessica Morton

Jessica Morton

Bunker Hill Student
Barna Moricz

Barna Moricz

Bunker Hill Student
Libby Geller

Libby Geller

Toy Store Cashier
Chas Lawther

Chas Lawther

MIT Professor
Frank Nakashima

Frank Nakashima

Executive #1
Chris Britton

Chris Britton

Executive #2
David Eisner

David Eisner

Executive #3
Bruce Hunter

Bruce Hunter

NSA Agent
Robert Talvano

Robert Talvano

NSA Agent #2
James Allodi

James Allodi

Security Guard
Michael Arthur

Michael Arthur

Reunion Guest (uncredited)
Christian Harmony

Christian Harmony

Student (uncredited)
Riva Di Paola

Riva Di Paola

MIT Student (uncredited)
Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine

Hervé (uncredited)
Thomas Lundy

Thomas Lundy

Waiter (uncredited)
Paul McGillicuddy

Paul McGillicuddy

Race Track Fan (uncredited)
Daniel Olsen

Daniel Olsen

MIT Student (uncredited)
Stephen L'Heureux

Stephen L'Heureux

Bartender (uncredited)

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Reviews for Good Will Hunting
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A Review by tmdb40011370 8

Written by tmdb40011370 on 2019-11-24

Will Hunting, is a working class 20 year old mathematical genius, and yet chooses to shun a university education, preferring instead to be a... read more

Will Hunting, is a working class 20 year old mathematical genius, and yet chooses to shun a university education, preferring instead to be a janitor at Harvard university. At a social level he is headstrong, arrogant, likes getting into fights as well as ending up in police cells for his regular anti-social behaviour. Despite having friends, they are not shining beacons leading him into a better light. He is happy with his lot, shuns commitment and his best form of defence is attack both physically and verbally against those who want to impose their will on him for better or worse. At the same university a professor of mathematics throws out a complex mathematical challenge to his students, asking them to complete the formula on a blackboard in the hall outside of his classroom. Will is cleaning floors one morning, comes across the blackboard and within seconds he has completed the formula before carrying on his duties while the professor wonders who it was! It turns out Will was abused in his youth, and has moved on from one foster family to the next, but none of them were seemingly any better, and never reached out to his needs leaving him feeling bitter and angry. A psychology professor (Robin Williams), spends various sessions with Will, and slowly, ever so slowly, Will begins to open up his darker side until both Will and the professor find a bond. Make no mistake the premise is original but predictable. However, the acting performances are terrific, especially from Damon, whom I never really had much time for up until this film. I was also impressed by the performance of Will's girlfriend, played by Minnie Driver. She soon fell in love with him, only to find that he never reciprocated and pushed her away just as had done to other people who tried to get too close to him in the past. It is very much a feel-good film with a nice satisfying ending. It pulls at the heartstrings sometimes, but you just know everything will work out right in the end.

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A Review by r96sk 9

Written by r96sk on 2022-09-12

So great! <em>'Good Will Hunting'</em> is a film I had heard many a great thing about but had never actually seen it so didn't know anyth... read more

So great! <em>'Good Will Hunting'</em> is a film I had heard many a great thing about but had never actually seen it so didn't know anything about the plot - so much so that I genuinely thought it was about the good will of hunting or something... and certainly not about a character named Will Hunting! The poster makes it look like a film of that sort, in my defence. I also didn't realise, aside from the lead two, that the cast list was so stacked until the credits came up at the start. The names didn't let me down either, as the acting is superb across the board. Matt Damon and Robin Williams are truly outstanding together, I already rate them from other productions so I'm glad I can add another cracker to their respective filmographies. Even away from Messrs Damon and Williams, you've got very good displays from the likes of Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver (emotionally, particularly, excellent) and Ben Affleck. Pretty impressive that it was written by both Affleck and Damon too! The plot is great, the way the friendship builds between Will (Damon) and Sean (Williams) is so beautifully done. Both characters are very interesting, even if I didn't buy the genius of Will at all at first but I quickly let that go as the film does such a grand job at crafting everything together around it. In short, it's ace! Glad I finally checked it out.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-07-24

"Will" (Matt Damon) is a rudderless character who works as a caretaker. He's an attitudinal pain in the neck whom, aside from his best frien... read more

"Will" (Matt Damon) is a rudderless character who works as a caretaker. He's an attitudinal pain in the neck whom, aside from his best friend "Chuckie" (Ben Affleck), is pretty much shunned by everyone. "Professor Lambeau" (Stellan Skarsgård) spots some potential in this wayward lad, especially when he realises that he has an amazing ability to solve mathematical problems. To that end he sends him to see the eccentric psychologist "Sean" (Robin Williams) who proves remarkably adept at cutting down the young man's defences and at beginning to rebuild the character of the man in a more positive and life-affirming fashion. The film combines some excellent performances from all four men, but especially a bang on-form Williams as the penetrative, but flawed, route to salvation for an equally flawed and angry almost younger version of himself in the genius "Will". Damon is entirely convincing as his temper and his prodigious nature are juggled adeptly and aided by a powerful script that allows the actors to take and keep centre stage as the potency of the plot becomes more and more focussed, we are presented here with a ground-breaking and thought-provoking look at what makes a great teacher as well as what makes a human being tick, what makes one happy and fulfilled - and what makes one the opposite! For my money, Gus Van Sant's finest interpretative work and well worth watching a few times, for more detail emerges to appreciate each time you see it.

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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 9

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-08-13

**A very good film, but with some flaws and problems that deserve attention.** This film is about a boy from Boston, who comes from very ... read more

**A very good film, but with some flaws and problems that deserve attention.** This film is about a boy from Boston, who comes from very poor backgrounds, but who has a gift for mathematics, easily solving theorems and advanced problems that leave Harvard professors unanswered. He is discovered after solving one, at night and without telling anyone, and one of the professors at the university decides to help him be someone and make use of his gift. The problem is that he doesn't want to, he's not able to trust anyone, and he's seriously stuck with justice. Therefore, he will recruit an irreverent psychiatrist to try to help the boy. The film's premise is very good, and the story has merits that we cannot ignore or minimize. It's one of those delicious movies to watch, that leaves us without feeling the time that passes. We really know that guy is not a bad person, but it's not easy to like the character due to his options and his bad social attitude. However, what bothered me the most was the construction of Robin Williams' character and his whole way of acting and accompanying that patient. I think anyone who has ever had the need to see a psychiatrist knows that they have strict rules about what they can and cannot do, and Williams' character breaks a good number of them. And this leads us to talk about actors. I really enjoyed Williams' work, but he is a long way from the best that the actor has given us. Matt Damon also did a good job, perhaps one of the best of his career, and one that opened more doors for him in his professional life. Stellan Skarsgard also intelligently took advantage of the opportunity to impose himself on the American cinematic scene, with a job well done and of great merit. Minnie Driver also did an interesting job, perhaps even more so than Ben Affleck, whose character doesn't have as much visibility or relevance. Technically, the film has many merits, starting with the excellent cinematography, a good set of sets and interesting costumes. The effects are understated, but they work quite well, and the soundtrack also does a pretty good job. It is not, however, a film that stands out for its technical aspects, nor could it be. The important thing in this film is the story it brings us and the work of the cast.

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A Review by BornKnight 8

Written by BornKnight on 2024-01-02

Psychological drama well in the beginning of Ben Aflleck and Matt Damon in their careers - they star (with Matt in the role of the protagoni... read more

Psychological drama well in the beginning of Ben Aflleck and Matt Damon in their careers - they star (with Matt in the role of the protagonist) and wrote the script together. The director was Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy). The movie tells a story about a irish-descendant boy in Boston that works as janitor in a mathematics faculty, and it is a self-taught genius, with a troubled past and present - some mathematical riddles are left by the head of the chair in the faculty (Skarsgård) and mysteriously solved by night. Catching up with Matt Damon character Will he can be out of parole if he gets a job and consult with a psychiatrist what shows to be a tid bit tough thing. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $225 million during its theatrical run against a $10 million budget, and received nominations in nine categories, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won in two: Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Affleck and Damon. Nothing bad, at all for someone being just out of Harvard University. Anther curiosity: character Skylar in the movie have the same name and background of Matt Damon's girlfriend back then. Robin Williams acts as the psychiatrist that could connect with this troubled boy, in a solid role - speaking of solid role it was nice to see Matt Damon out of some action movie in really nice drama scenes. Another actor that shows up is Stellan Skarsgård, yes the father of the four sons the most known being Bill (of "It"). Nice heartwarming moving movie thought the end with a solid script. I would scorre it a 8.0 out of 10.0 / B+. It is strange that I didn't even reminded this one back in 97, but then I remembered that that year I was in the 3rd year of Medicine so not much time to seeing movies I guess.

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A Review by tmdb40011370

Will Hunting, is a working class 20 year old mathematical genius, and yet chooses to shun a university education, preferring instead to be a janitor at Harvard university. At a social level he is headstrong, arrogant, likes getting into...

reviewer avatar

A Review by tmdb40011370 8

Written by tmdb40011370 on 2019-11-24

Will Hunting, is a working class 20 year old mathematical genius, and yet chooses to shun a university education, preferring instead to be a janitor at Harvard university. At a social level he is ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by r96sk 9

Written by r96sk on 2022-09-12

So great! <em>'Good Will Hunting'</em> is a film I had heard many a great thing about but had never actually seen it so didn't know anything about the plot - so much so that I genuinely thought it ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-07-24

"Will" (Matt Damon) is a rudderless character who works as a caretaker. He's an attitudinal pain in the neck whom, aside from his best friend "Chuckie" (Ben Affleck), is pretty much shunned by everyon...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 9

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-08-13

**A very good film, but with some flaws and problems that deserve attention.** This film is about a boy from Boston, who comes from very poor backgrounds, but who has a gift for mathematics, easily...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by BornKnight 8

Written by BornKnight on 2024-01-02

Psychological drama well in the beginning of Ben Aflleck and Matt Damon in their careers - they star (with Matt in the role of the protagonist) and wrote the script together. The director was Gus Van ...

read more