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Good Will Hunting

(DVD - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Good Will Hunting
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A young working-class genius is hauled back from the brink of self-destruction by a gifted counselor.

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Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c1997
ISBN: 9780788814662
0788814664
9781558908642
1558908641
Branch Call Number: GOOD WILL HUNTING
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Mosier, Scott Producer
Smith, Kevin 1970-, Producer
Scalia, Pietro 1960-
Elfman, Danny Composer
Hauser, Cole 1975-, Actor
Affleck, Casey 1975-, Actor
Driver, Minnie Actor
SkarsgÄrd, Stellan Actor
Williams, Robin 1952 July 21-, Actor
Affleck, Ben 1972-, Actor
Damon, Matt Actor
Armstrong, Su Producer
Gordon, Jonathan (Jon), Producer
Weinstein, Harvey 1952-, Producer
Weinstein, Bob 1953-, Producer
Escoffier, Jean-Yves 1950-2003, Cinematographer
Van Sant, Gus
Bender, Lawrence Producer
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)
Miramax Home Entertainment (Firm)
Miramax Films

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Jan 19, 2015
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Strong characterization is present throughout this tale of an overlooked math genius with behavioural problems discovered by a star professor while having legal problems, and assigned to an unorthodox therapist. Each character in different ways is fleshed out and given depth in ways that contribute so well to the film itself.

Jan 13, 2015
  • humbleworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this and found it very well-written overall. Will's explanation of his ability to Skylar is exactly right. Elliott Smith's bittersweet "Miss Misery" at the closing credits was perfectly suited.

An interesting side note: just before I saw this movie, I read Tracy Kidder's "The Soul of a New Machine" which followed Data General Corporation's development of a 32-bit minicomputer to compete with DEC. At one point one of the engineers comments that his dream occupation would be hanging around a university solving other peoples math problems ... which is exactly what Will Hunting is doing in this movie.

Dec 14, 2014
  • Staggerwing rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A really good movie with a message to always seek our fullest potential.

Filled with foul language and behaviors so definitely not for children.

At times it was emotional not only because of the material but the fact that the amazing actor that Robin Williams was will never grace the big screen again. Rest in peace, Robin. You truly were an incredibly talented guy. There will never be another one like you!

This 'Collectors Series' copy is damaged. Tried 2 DVD players and my computer and all got stuck at same part. It was a good movie till it got stuck on Chapter 14/ 15.

Aug 13, 2014
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

RIP Robin Williams

This review is both an appreciation of and a sad farewell to actor and comic Robin Williams, who has died today, reportedly a probable suicide, after years of struggle with depression and substance abuse.
Probably my favorite of Mr. Williams's many fine and memorable performances-- and perhaps for him one of the most self-revealing as well-- is the role of therapist Sean Maguire, who helps a troubled young man named Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon. Will is an MIT janitor who it turns out is really a math genius.
The role of Dr. Maguire won Williams the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1998, and I still recall his hilarious Groucho-like slouch to the podium to accept his award and his exuberance as he thanked the film's young screenwriters, Damon and co-star Ben Affleck ("Guys, I still want to see some ID...")
In the years since its release some critics began calling "Good Will Hunting," which also won the Oscar for Damon and Affleck for Original Screenplay, over-praised. I disagree. Damon is affecting as the angry, wounded Will, bedeviled by childhood demons. His tentative romance with Skylar, a bright, privileged and tender college student played by Minnie Driver, is touching. Ben Affleck lends fine support as Will's best friend Chuckie, who urges his friend to embrace his gift and share it with the world, even as he reconciles himself to the knowledge that his own life will likely stay in the old Boston neighborhood of their working-class boyhoods.
Robin Williams plumbed new dramatic depths as Sean, who is haunted by the death of his wife. As he bonds with Will, and struggles to help him reclaim his life and move forward, he is in turn challenged by the combative youth to do the same.
RIP, Robin. Whatever your own demons, your gifts were a life force, and you were and are beloved by so many. You will be missed, always.

Jun 01, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Engaging and well done!

Aug 14, 2013
  • RobertLR rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great Movie

Jun 12, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the all time great movies! Vincent Lombardo's comment below is more indicative of severely limited life experience: nasty neighborhoods do exist, and the part Matt Damon plays beautifully illustrates what occurs, and having met a super-genius in 3rd grade, they most definitely do exist and it is a humbling experience to come in contact with them.

May 31, 2013
  • clarap rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting and engaging movie, had my attention. Recommend watching.

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Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jan 02, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Explicit language used often throughout.

Jan 02, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Scenes of street fights and verbal descriptions of abuse.

Jan 02, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Suggested off screen and sexual language.

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Mar 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Chuckie: So this is a Harvard bar, huh? I thought there'd be equations and shit on the wall.

Mar 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Billy: You're legally allowed to drink now, so we figured the best thing for you was a car.

Mar 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Will: Do you like apples?
Clark: Yeah.
Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?

Mar 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sean: Do you have a soul mate?
Will: Define that.
Sean: Someone you can relate to, someone who opens things up for you.
Will: Sure, I got plenty.
Sean: Well, name them.
Will: Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Frost, O'Conner...
Sean: Well that's great. They're all dead.
Will: Not to me, they're not.
Sean: You can't have a lot of dialogue with them.
Will: Not without a heater and some serious smelling salts.

Jan 02, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Son of a b****... he stole my line

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Dec 13, 2012
  • BlckHybrid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Jan 02, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Montreal - Alliance
Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Mar 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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