Good Will Hunting

Miramax Released 1997




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Movie Summary

Gus Van Sant

Will Hunting is a lowly janitor at a South Boston college, a bit of a rebel with his friends, including Chuckie Sullivan and Morgan O'Mally, and hides a genius talent for memorizing facts and solving/proving sophisticated mathematical theorems. It is when Will is facing imprisonment (for attacking a youth and a police officer) that he gets the chance to prove himself for Gerald Lambeau 's. Will can either go to jail, or he can be supervised by Lambeau solving math theorems, and see a therapist, which he disapproves of and believes he doesn't need, and manages to get rid of eight. Lambeau in desperation calls old college friend, now psychologist Sean Maguire, and after their first meeting, Sean is determined to connect with Will and his hostile, sarcastic defense mechanisms.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The script's bare bones are familiar, yet the film also has fine acting, steady momentum, a sharp eye and a very warm heart.

  • 80

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    This beautifully realized tale is always engaging and often quite touching.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    While the charismatic performances of Damon and Affleck make Good Will Hunting a difficult entertainment to resist, doing just that is not as hard as the film would like to think.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sean: (regarding Will's career) So, what do you really want to do?
      Will: I wanna be a shepherd.
      Sean: Really. [scoffs]
      Will: I wanna move up to Nashwood, get a nice little spread, get some sheep and tend to them.

    • Gerald: In 1905 there were hundreds of professors renowned for their study of the universe. But it was a 26-year-old Swiss patent clerk, doing physics in his spare time, who changed he world.

    • Skylar: I know you've been thinking about it.
      Will: No I haven't. [laughs]
      Skylar: Yes, you have.
      Will: No, I really haven't.
      Skylar: Yes, you have. You were hoping to get a goodnight kiss.
      Will: No, you know, I'll tell you. I was hoping to get a goodnight lay. [laughter] But, I'll settle for a goodnight kiss, you know.
      Skylar: That's very noble of you.

    • Will: (Will is half way through a session with his third psychologist) Do you find it hard to hide the fact that you're gay.
      Dr. Lipkin: What are you--? What are you talking about? What!?
      Will: Buddy, two seconds ago you were ready to give me a jump.
      Dr. Lipkin: A jump? Are you--? [chuckles] I'm terribly sorry to disappoint you, Will.
      Will: Hey, I don't have a problem with it. I don't care if you putt from the rough.
      Dr. Lipkin: What are you--? P-Putting from the rough?

    • Will: Do you like apples?
      Student: Yeah.
      Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like those apples.

    • Morgan: I got fired because management was restructuring.
      Billy: Yeah, restructuring the amount of r****** they had working for them.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Production Budget - $10,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $138,433,435 (7th)
      Worldwide Gross - $225,933,435 (16th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $246,103,884
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $401,659,440

    • Filming locations include:
      Cambridge, Massachusettes
      Charlestown, Massachusetts
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      Boston, Massachusettes

    • Taglines:
      1. Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.
      Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match.

    • Music:
      Big Strong Man
      Performed by Wolfe Tones
      Baker Street
      Written and performed by Gerry Rafferty
      We Still Need More Than Anyone Can Give
      Written by Daniel Goffey, Gareth Coombes andMichael Quinn
      Performed by Supergrass
      If I Had the Last Dream Left in the World
      Written by Joe Liles
      Performed by Northeast Connection
      Written and performed by Dan Lander
      Boys Better
      Written by Courtney Taylor
      Performed by Dandy Warhols
      No Name #3 / Say Yes / Between the Bars / Angeles / Miss Misery
      Written and performed by Elliott Smith
      Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
      Performed by Del Shannon
      Why Do I Lie
      Written by Jill Cuniff
      Performed by Luscious Jackson
      Grand Sonata in B-Flat Major
      Written by Franz Schubert
      Performed by Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt
      Somebody's Baby
      Written by Jackson Browne and Danny Kortchmar
      Performed by Andru Donalds
      Six Grandes Marches No. 5
      Written by Franz Shubert
      Performed by Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt
      As the Rain
      Written and performed by Jeb Loy Nichols
      Written by Jule Styne and Bob Merill
      Handle on My Heart
      Written by Minnie Driver
      Fisherman's Blues
      Written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham
      Performed by The Waterboys
      How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
      Written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
      Performed by Al Green
      Tommy Bhetty's Waltz
      Performed by Altan
      Heart & Soul
      Written by Ivan Drever and Duncan Chisholm
      Performed by Wolfstone
      Danny Boy
      Written by Frederick E. Weatherly
      Afternoon Delight
      Written by William Danoff
      Performed by Starling Vocal Band

    • The film won 2 Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Robin Williams and Best Original Screenplay.

    • Other Production Companies:
      Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership
      Lawrence Bender Productions
      Buena Vista International (distributor)

    • Other Production Companies:
      Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership
      Lawrence Bender Productions


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