Good Will Hunting


(out of 5)

plays a math genius who is hiding his light under a bushel by working odd jobs as a construction worker and janitor. Best friend  stands by him but hopes one day his friend will go off in the direction that waits for him, psychiatrist  tries to open him up to his personal problems and help him move on, and girlfriend  offers him a choice to be worthy of her or let her slip away. All these actors are brilliant in this very moving drama written by its two lead actors, who both won Academy Awards for their work and have since become big stars. For some this film will be an endless excuse to let poster-boys preen and moan about themselves, not to mention Gus Van Sant’s fans who will be disappointed not to see him doing something as cutting edge as his films (To Die For, Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho) usually are, but the film still has its moments. Driver tells a dirty joke that is one of her best ever moments on film.

Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership, Lawrence Bender Productions, Miramax

USA, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robin Williams as “Sean McGuire”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Ben Affleck, Matt Damon)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Matt Damon as “Will Hunting”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Minnie Driver as “Skylar”)
Best Directing (Gus Van Sant)
Best Film Editing (Pietro Scalia)
Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) (Danny Elfman)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Miss Misery”, music and lyric by Elliott Smith)
Best Picture (Lawrence Bender, producer)

Golden Globe Award
Best Screenplay (Ben Affleck, Matt Damon)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Matt Damon)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Robin Williams)


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