Good Will Hunting


2h 6m 1997
Good Will Hunting

Brief Synopsis

A child abuse survivor reveals a surprising genius for mathematics.

Film Details

Also Known As
Der Gute Will Hunting, Gute Will Hunting, Will Hunting
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Collinge Pickman Casting; Lawrence Bender Productions; Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.; MIRAMAX; Miramax International; Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage M; Soundelux; The Village Recorder
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Bac Films Distribution; Buena Vista International; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Cts; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; RCV Distribution; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Skifan Hf; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Synopsis

Set in working-class South Boston, a psychological drama about a 20-year-old lad who works as a janitor at MIT and spends most of his time with his coarse friends at the neighborhood bar. Blessed with a certain genius, Will, who has never attended college, can summon obscure historical references based on his exceptional photographic memory. He can also solve difficult mathematical problems with an ease that makes MIT's richer more educated students envious of him. When big shot professor Lambeau presents a math challenge to his students, with a fine reward to match, Will anonymously solves the formula on a blackboard placed in the school's corridor. Lambeau begins a search for the mysterious student, and upon finding Will takes him under his wing. It's the only way for Will to get parole after a number of run-ins with the law. Lambeau makes two conditions: that Will meet with him once a week for math session and that he begin therapy.

Crew

Ben Affleck

Screenwriter

C'nedra Al'thor

Other

Michael Allegretto

Other

Peter Appleton

Adr/Walla Editor

Su Armstrong

Executive Producer

Dorothy Aufiero

Production Supervisor (Boston Unit)

Kelly J Baker

Supervising Sound Editor

Ken Barbet

Lead Driver

Kenny Barden

Casting

Pamela Winn Barnett

Post-Production Supervisor

Steve Bartek

Score Producer

Steve Bartek

Original Music

George Baxter

Driver

Judson Bell

Construction Foreman (Boston Unit)

Lawrence Bender

Producer

Mark Bennett

Casting Assistant (New York)

Doug Benson

Post-Production Accountant

Justin Bill

Stand-In (For Stellan Skarsgard)

Vito Botticella

Assistant Head Stand-By Carpenter

Mike Boudrey

Adr Recordist

Julian Bratolyubov

Music Preparation

Pat Brennan

Driver

James Douglas Brown

Hair Stylist

Adam Bryant

Stand-In (For Robin Williams)

Kathryn Buck

Script Supervisor

Percy Budd

Driver

Ricardo Burkhardt

Set Decorator Driver

Brian Burkin

Miramax Business & Legal

Duncan Campbell

Construction Foreman

Ian Campbell

Stand-In (For Casey Affleck)

David Orin Charles

On-Set Dresser

Drew Clarke

Assistant (To Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)

David A. Cohen

Dialogue Editor

Kirk Copella

Other

Marc Corriveau

Property Master

Marianne Crescenzi

Production Coordinator (Boston Unit)

Tom Dahl

Re-Recording Mixer

Matt Damon

Screenwriter

Debbi Datz-pyle

Music Contractor

Roger Davies

Production Coordinator (New York)

Jennifer Deathe

3rd Assistant Director

Marty Dejczak

Unit Location Manager

Jaro Dick

Set Decorator

Kelley C Dixon

Assistant Editor

Kelley Dixon

Assistant Editor

Mark Duffield

2nd Assistant Art Director

Ann Duval

A Band Apart Legal

Robert Easton

Dialect Coach

Danny Elfman

Music

Danny Elfman

Score Producer

Prudence Emery

Unit Publicist

Jean Yves Escoffier

Director Of Photography

David Evans

Assistant Property Master

Kiley Fascia

1st Assistant Accountant

Kevin Fennessy

Extras Casting (Collinge/Pickman Casting Inc) (Boston Unit)

Pablo Ferro

Title Design

Mark Fitzgerald

Assistant Location Manager (Boston Unit)

Gary Flanagan

Driver

Danielle Fleury

Props Buyer

Steve Fontano

Foley Mixer

Bryan Forde

Gaffer

Ray Gabourie

Driver

Tina Gerussi

Casting (Toronto)

Gerri Gillan

Set Costumer

Bob Glover

Office Assistant

Neil Glover

Other

Wayne Goodchild

Grip

Christopher Goode

Unit Production Manager (Boston)

Carlos K Goodman

A Band Apart Legal

Craig Goodwill

Office Assistant

Jolie Gorchov

Post-Production Coordinator

Jon Gordon

Executive Producer

Graeme Gossage

Props Buyer

Michael Grandsey

Sound Editor

Scott Patrick Green

Editing Intern

Scott Patrick Green

Assistant (To Gus Van Sant)

Eric Greenspan

Music Legal Services

Robert A Hackl

Post-Production Supervisor

Bob Hannah

Other

Kenneth A Hardy

Art Director (Boston Unit)

Charles Harrington

Unit Location Manager (Boston Unit)

Brian Heller

Camera Operator (Boston Unit)

Jery Hewitt

Stunt Coordinator

Robert Hoehn

Stand-In (For Cole Hauser)

Billy Hopkins

Casting

P Robert Hughes

Stand-In (For Cole Hauser)

Stuart Hughes

Driver

Gord Ionson

Driver

Bill Jackson

Other

William Jakielaszek

Special Effects

April Janow

Production Accountant

Lisa Janowski

Second 2nd Assistant Director (Boston)

Meg Montagnino Jarrett

Other

Artie Kane

Orchestra Conductor

Doc Kane

Adr Mixer

Kenneth Karman

Music Editor

Dave Kellner

Best Boy Electric

Jamie Kershaw

A Band Apart Legal

Jeffrey Kimball

Music Supervisor

Steve Klys

Grip

Steve Kohler

Other

James Kohne

Grip

Harmony Korine

Jail Consultant

George Kraychyk

Still Photographer

Randy Kumano

Co-Production Coordinator

Owen Langevin

Sound Mixer

Laurie Lapides

Stand-In (For Minnie Driver)

Diane Laurienzo

Other

Gordon Lebredt

1st Assistant Art Director

Eric Levenson

Scenic Artist (Boston Unit)

Sophia Lofters

Other

Mark Logan

Assistant Location Manager

Stephanie Lowry

Assistant Music Editor

James Maccammon

Other

Vair Macphee

Production Coordinator

Michael Madden

1st Assistant Art Director

Mark Manchester

Key Grip

Marc Mann

Other

Dana T Marsh

Other

David Marshall

Stand-In (For Ben Affleck)

James J Mase

Center Boom Recordist (Boston Unit)

Bill Mcadams

Stand-In (For Matt Damon)

James Mcateer

Art Director

Courtney Mcdonnell

Executive (For A Band Apart)

Michael Mcgroarty

Stand-In (For Casey Affleck)

Dave Mcilroy

Locations Production Assistant

Mark Mckenzie

Additional Orchestrator

William Mckibbin

Other

Jennifer Mcnamara

Casting Associate

Karen Menze

Scenic Artist (Boston Unit)

Kristina Meuring

Stand-In (For Minnie Driver)

Jill Meyers

Music Clearances

Joseph Micomonaco

2nd Assistant Camera

Vanessa Mills

Scenic Artist (Boston Unit)

Derek Milosavijevic

Stand-In (For Ben Affleck)

Stuart Mitchell

Transportation Captain

Neil Montgomerie

Driver

Chris Moore

Co-Producer

Marnie Moore

Foley Artist

Richard Moore

Sound Editor

Scott Mosier

Co-Executive Producer

Jennifer Myers

Foley Artist

Lisa Nagid

Art Department Coordinator (Boston Unit)

Peter E Nauyokas

On-Set Dresser (Boston Unit)

Malcolm Nefsky

Best Boy Grip

Bob O'connor

Grip

Brent O'connor

Unit Production Manager

Dr. Patrick O'donnell

Math Consultant

Mark O'donoghue

Location Head Carpenter

Greg O'hara

Driver

Margie O'malley

Foley Artist

Aaron Olson

Assistant Sound Editor

Bobbi Page

Vocal Contractor

Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Costume Designer

Rick Perott

1st Assistant Camera

Carolyn Pickman

Local Casting (Boston Unit)

Matthew Pill

Grip

Reet Puhm

Key Scenic Artist

Herb Reischl

Rigging Gaffer

Brian Ricci

Utility Stunt

Brian Ricci

Special Effects Coordinator

Edward Ricci

Special Effects

Stephen R Ricci

Special Effects

Frank Rinella

Foley Recordist

Erica Schengili Roberts

Left Boom Operator

Jane Rogers

Extras Casting (Toronto)

John Rose

Assistant Decorator

Kim Roseborough

Assistant Editor

Kathleen Rosen

Set Decorator (Boston Unit)

Michael Rosenfeld

Immigration Legal

Alex Ross

Stand-In (For Matt Damon)

Stephanie Ryan

Camera

Stephanie Ryan

Camera Loader (Boston Unit)

Neil Sacher

Miramax Business & Legal

Catherine Sample

Office Assistant

Dennis Sands

Other

Pietro Scalia

Editor

Adam Scher

Set Design (Boston Unit)

Marcia Scott

Set Costumer

Leslie A. Sebert

Makeup Artist

Leslie Shatz

Re-Recording Mixer

Tracy Shaw

Dolly Grip

Andrew Shea

1st Assistant Director

Elliott Smith

Original Songs

Kevin Smith

Co-Executive Producer

Kurt L Smith

Construction Coordinator (Boston Unit)

Suzanne Smith

Casting

Concha Solano

Assistant Sound Editor

Rebecca Erwin Spencer

Assistant (To Robin Williams)

Dave Staples

Transportation Coordinator

Missy Stewart

Production Designer

Jeff Swafford

Assistant (To Lawrence Bender)

Peter Sweeney

Camera Trainee

Michelle Sy

Assistant (To Jonathan Gordon)

Phillip Tellez

Construction Coordinator

Alex Tellnow

Welder

Evann Tenor

Stand-In (For Matt Damon)

Jim Thompson

Right Boom Operator

Sarah Thornton

Accounting Clerk

David Till

2nd Assistant Director

Film Details

Also Known As
Der Gute Will Hunting, Gute Will Hunting, Will Hunting
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Collinge Pickman Casting; Lawrence Bender Productions; Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.; MIRAMAX; Miramax International; Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage M; Soundelux; The Village Recorder
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Bac Films Distribution; Buena Vista International; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Cts; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; RCV Distribution; Scanbox Entertainment; Shaw Organization; Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Skifan Hf; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Award Wins

Best Original Screenplay

1997

Best Supporting Actor

1997
Robin Williams

Best Supporting Actor

1997
Robin Williams

Best Writing

1997
Ben Affleck

Best Writing

1997
Matt Damon

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1997
Matt Damon

Best Director

1997

Best Editing

1997

Best Picture

1997

Best Score (Dramatic Picture)

1997

Best Song

1997

Best Supporting Actress

1997
Minnie Driver

Articles

Good Will Hunting


South Boston native Will Hunting (Matt Damon) works as a janitor at MIT despite being a genius. To avoid jail time for assaulting a childhood bully, he is ordered to study advanced mathematics, for which he has an astonishing aptitude, and visit a therapist, played by Robin Williams. This therapy makes Will reevaluate his life and his relationships with his girlfriend (Minnie Driver) and best friend (Ben Affleck).

Good Will Hunting (1997) was written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, childhood friends who had grown up together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After college, they moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. In 1994, Affleck and Damon got tired of waiting for their big break and decided to write their own film, based on a short story Damon created in a creative writing class in college. Good Will Hunting was passed to Damon's agent, who sent it around town. Like something out of a Hollywood movie, it created a bidding war almost immediately between studios and was eventually purchased by Castle Rock. As often happens, the script changed hands again until it reached director Kevin Smith, who sold it to Miramax.

According to author Michio Kaku, "Good Will Hunting is loosely based on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the greatest mathematical genius of the twentieth century, a man who grew up in poverty and isolation near Madras, India, at the turn of the last century. Living in isolation, he had to derive much of nineteenth-century European mathematics on his own. His career was like a supernova, briefly lighting up the heavens with his mathematical brilliance. [...] Like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, he dreamed of mathematical equations." Damon has spoken about his and Affleck's own real-life experiences living near Harvard and MIT, and of their resentment toward the out-of-town college students who invaded the city each year. Damon himself went to Harvard, where Affleck's father was the janitor.
Kevin Smith preferred to direct films that he had written himself, and so the assignment was offered to Gus Van Sant, who called Good Will Hunting, "probably the best written screenplay I had ever read. We called it a color-by-numbers script: if you just filled in the scenes as they were written, it would come to life." After reading the script, Van Sant immediately called Affleck and Damon and agreed to take the project on, "because you just don't find that a lot all in one screenplay."

Good Will Hunting was shot on location at the University of Toronto (doubling for Harvard and MIT) and around Boston. The film was edited by Pietro Scalia who found that judicial editing helped strengthen Robin Williams' performance, admitting that he "tended to go for the early takes from Robin Williams where he was low-key. As the takes progressed he became more artificial, more exaggerated. When Robin Williams saw the film, he was shocked because it seemed far from the performance he thought he had delivered!" That performance earned Williams an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Released in the United States on January 9, 1998, Good Will Hunting was nominated for seven Oscars® - Best Picture, Best Actor (Matt Damon), Best Supporting Actress (Minnie Driver), Best Director (Gus Van Sant), Best Song (Miss Misery by Elliott Smith), Original Music Score (Danny Elfman), Film Editing (Pietro Scalia). It won two awards - Best Supporting Actor for Robin Williams and Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Affleck and Damon.

Producer: Lawrence Bender
Director: Gus Van Sant
Screenplay: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Cinematography: Jean Yves Escoffier
Art Direction: James McAteer
Music: Danny Elfman
Film Editing: Pietro Scalia
Cast: Matt Damon (Will Hunting), Robin Williams (Sean Maguire), Ben Affleck (Chuckie Sullivan), Stellan Skarsgard (Prof. Gerald Lambeau), Minnie Driver (Skylar), Casey Affleck (Morgan O'Mally), Cole Hauser (Billy McBride), John Mighton (Tom - Lambeau's Teaching Assistant), Rachel Majorowski (Krystyn), Colleen McCauley (Cathy).
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by Lorraine LoBianco

SOURCES:
Bona, Damien Inside Oscar 2
Denby, David "Matt City," New York Magazine 8 Dec 97
The Internet Movie Database
Kagen, Jeremy Paul Directors close up: Interviews with Directors Nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film by the Directors Guild of America
Kaku, Michio Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos.
McGrath, Declan Editing and Post-Production
http://tomshone.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-good-will-hunting-got-its-ending.html
Stringham, Joan and Keller, Mary Famous Actors
Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

South Boston native Will Hunting (Matt Damon) works as a janitor at MIT despite being a genius. To avoid jail time for assaulting a childhood bully, he is ordered to study advanced mathematics, for which he has an astonishing aptitude, and visit a therapist, played by Robin Williams. This therapy makes Will reevaluate his life and his relationships with his girlfriend (Minnie Driver) and best friend (Ben Affleck). Good Will Hunting (1997) was written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, childhood friends who had grown up together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After college, they moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. In 1994, Affleck and Damon got tired of waiting for their big break and decided to write their own film, based on a short story Damon created in a creative writing class in college. Good Will Hunting was passed to Damon's agent, who sent it around town. Like something out of a Hollywood movie, it created a bidding war almost immediately between studios and was eventually purchased by Castle Rock. As often happens, the script changed hands again until it reached director Kevin Smith, who sold it to Miramax. According to author Michio Kaku, "Good Will Hunting is loosely based on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the greatest mathematical genius of the twentieth century, a man who grew up in poverty and isolation near Madras, India, at the turn of the last century. Living in isolation, he had to derive much of nineteenth-century European mathematics on his own. His career was like a supernova, briefly lighting up the heavens with his mathematical brilliance. [...] Like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, he dreamed of mathematical equations." Damon has spoken about his and Affleck's own real-life experiences living near Harvard and MIT, and of their resentment toward the out-of-town college students who invaded the city each year. Damon himself went to Harvard, where Affleck's father was the janitor. Kevin Smith preferred to direct films that he had written himself, and so the assignment was offered to Gus Van Sant, who called Good Will Hunting, "probably the best written screenplay I had ever read. We called it a color-by-numbers script: if you just filled in the scenes as they were written, it would come to life." After reading the script, Van Sant immediately called Affleck and Damon and agreed to take the project on, "because you just don't find that a lot all in one screenplay."

George Plimpton, 1927-2003


George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just VisitingThe Simpsons playing a professor who runs a fixed spelling bee! He is survived by his wife Sara Whitehead Dudley and four children. Michael T. Toole

George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just Visiting

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Audience Prize at 1998 St Petersburg International Festival of Festivals.

Winner of the 1998 European Film Award for European Achievement in World Cinema (Stellan Skarsgard).

Nominated for a 1997 Eddie Award for best editing in a motion picture by the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 1997 by the Directors Guild of America.

Nominated for the 1997 award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

Winner of the 1997 award for Most Promising Actor (Matt Damon) from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1997 award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) from the National Board of Review.

Limited Release in United States December 5, 1997

Released in United States Winter December 5, 1997

Expanded Release in United States December 26, 1997

Wide Release in United States January 9, 1998

Released in United States on Video July 7, 1998

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States February 1998

Released in United States June 1998

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California February 26 - March 6, 1998.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 11-22, 1998.

Shown at International Film Festival of Festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia June 23-29, 1998.

Project was previously in development at Castle Rock Entertainment.

Began shooting April 14, 1997.

Completed shooting June 1997.

Limited Release in United States December 5, 1997 (NY, LA)

Released in United States Winter December 5, 1997

Expanded Release in United States December 26, 1997

Wide Release in United States January 9, 1998

Released in United States on Video July 7, 1998

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California February 26 - March 6, 1998.)

Released in United States February 1998 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 11-22, 1998.)

Released in United States June 1998 (Shown at International Film Festival of Festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia June 23-29, 1998.)

Winner of a Silver Bear for outstanding single achievement (Matt Damon) at the 1998 Berlin International Film Festival.