The Pursuit of Happyness


1h 57m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Chris Gardener is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother of his five-year-old son, Christopher, is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave. Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows. He lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, and although there is no salary, he accepts, hopeful he will end the program with a job and a promising future. Without a financial cushion, Chris and his son are soon evicted from their apartment and forced to sleep in shelters, bus stations, bathrooms, or wherever they can find refuge for the night. Despite his troubles, Chris continues to honor his commitment as a loving and caring father, using the affection and trust his son has placed in him as an impetus to overcome the obstacles he faces.

Film Details

Also Known As
Jakten på lycka, Pursuit of Happiness, Pursuit of Happyness, Untitled (Columbia/Christopher Gardner story), À la recherche du bonheur
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Family
Period
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Escape Artists; Mocean; Overbrook Entertainment; Relativity Media; Technicolor Digital Intermediates; Tony's Food Service
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; Acme Film; Buena Vista International; Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp); Empire; Falcon; G-Sony; Intercom; Itafilm; Krs Film Distributors; Medusa Film; Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Sena; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Ster-Kinekor; Tuck; Vin; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
San Francisco, California, USA; Alameda, California, USA; Oakland, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Synopsis

Chris Gardener is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother of his five-year-old son, Christopher, is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave. Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows. He lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, and although there is no salary, he accepts, hopeful he will end the program with a job and a promising future. Without a financial cushion, Chris and his son are soon evicted from their apartment and forced to sleep in shelters, bus stations, bathrooms, or wherever they can find refuge for the night. Despite his troubles, Chris continues to honor his commitment as a loving and caring father, using the affection and trust his son has placed in him as an impetus to overcome the obstacles he faces.

Crew

Doris Akers

Song

Jasmine Alhambra

Assistant Director

Molly Allen

Location Manager

Mose Allison

Song Performer

Mose Allison

Song

David Alper

Executive Producer

Michael Ambrose

Chief Lighting Technician

John Armstrong

Transportation Coordinator

John Armstrong

Transportation Coordinator

Pierce Austin

Hair Stylist

Jana Babatunde-bey

Assistant

Amy Baer

Studio Executive

Yvonne Bastidos

Costumer

Michael Becker

Costumer

Doug Belgrad

Studio Executive

Nate Belove

On-Set Dresser

Todd Bennett

Plasterer

George Benson

Song Performer

Jim Black

Music

Todd Black

Producer

Jason Blumenthal

Producer

Zachary Bogart

Production Assistant

Beau Bonneau

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Lacy Boughn

Assistant

Mike Boustead

Music Editor

Julian Brain

Assistant Director

John Breinholt

Assistant Editor

Geraud Brisson

Assistant Editor

Eric Bruhwiler

Digital Effects Artist

Willie Burton

Sound Mixer

Denise Chamian

Casting Director

James R. Chandler

Craft Service

Jim Chesney

Transportation Captain

Mark Clayman

Executive Producer

Joe Cocker

Song Performer

Chris Coggins

Assistant

Debra Coleman

Makeup Artist

Steve Conrad

Screenplay

Carlos Constanzo

Assistant

Carolyn Crimley

Other

Vince Cueva

Production Assistant

Louis D'esposito

Unit Production Manager

Louis D'esposito

Executive Producer

Gretchen Davis

Makeup Artist

Sharen Davis

Costume Designer

Chris Del Conte

Visual Effects Producer

Michele Demayo

Accounting Assistant

Angela Demo

Casting Assistant

Carol Depasquale

Script Supervisor

Meg Dickler-taylor

Foley

Amina Allean Dieye

Art Department Coordinator

Amy Disarro

Makeup Artist

Richard Dorfmeister

Song

Dennis Drummond

Supervising Sound Editor

Rory Enke

Location Manager

Dustin Felder

Acting Coach

Roberta Flack

Song Performer

Jeph Folkins

Loader

Camille Friend

Hair

Antongiulio Frulio

Original Music

Lauri Gaffin

Set Decorator

Ray Garcia

Key Grip

Sean Garcia

Assistant Production Coordinator

Christopher Gardner

Associate Producer

Kirk Gardner

Camera Operator

Kirk Gardner

Steadicam Operator

Antonio Garrido

Dolly Grip

Ben Girard

Visual Effects Producer

Benoit 'ben' Girard

Visual Effects Producer

Gary Glushon

Assistant

Michael Goldman

Art Director

Galen Goodpaster

Assistant Sound Editor

Jane E. Graves

Location Manager

Andrea Guerra

Original Music

Tim Guffin

Camera Assistant

Vincent Guisetti

Foley Artist

Walt Hadfield

Construction Coordinator

Michael Haight

Adr Editor

Gregory G. Hale

Assistant Director

Bob Hall

Assistant Camera

Jason Halley

Production Assistant

Halsted Craig Hannah

Illustrator

Thomas Robinson Harper

Stunt Coordinator

Dale Haugo

Painter

Richie Havens

Song Performer

Brandon Heidt

Production Assistant

Nina Henninger

Casting

Mo Henry

Negative Cutter

Matthew Heron

Special Effects Supervisor

Laurie Herrmann

Assistant

Wesley Hodge

Hair Stylist

Paul A Howard

Chief Lighting Technician

Melanie Hughes-weaver

Makeup

Gregory Huster

Production Assistant

Wade Ivy

Digital Effects Artist

Joel Iwataki

Music Scoring Mixer

Mahalia Jackson

Song

Ross Jensen

Accounting Assistant

Scott Johnson

Music Editor

Jennifer Jourdan

Production Assistant

Pamela Nedd Kahn

Foley Artist

Daniel Kemp

Location Manager

Colleen Kenneavy

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Rachel Kielborn

Assistant

Noelle King

Set Designer

Andrew Kinney

Original Music

David Klassen

Art Director

Goro Koyama

Foley Artist

Anthony Kramer

Visual Effects

Peter Kruder

Song

Tuli Kupferberg

Song

Alexandra Lambrinidis

Assistant

Kristina Lankford

Dialect Coach

James Lassiter

Producer

Daniel Lee

Production Assistant

Teresa Lee

Production Assistant

Ted Leonard

Production Assistant

Randolph Leroi

Stunts

Marvin E. Lewis

Boom Operator

Gregg London

Assistant Editor

Howard London

Adr Mixer

Sharon Lopez

Production Secretary

Patrick Ludden

Property Master

Andy Malcolm

Foley Artist

Allan Marasco

Production Assistant

Dave Mason

Song

Scout Masterson

Casting Associate

Robert Mata

Costumer

Patrick Mcardle

Camera Assistant

Robert Mccann

Best Boy Grip

Cheryl Mchugh

Accountant

Ron Mellegers

Foley Mixer

Adam Milano

Studio Executive

Brad Moore

Special Effects Foreman

Kenneth J Moore

Transportation Co-Captain

Casey Logan Morris

Assistant

Jeff Mosley

Stunts

Shauna Moss

Assistant Production Coordinator

Anne Mueller

Assistant Property Master

Heather Mullen

Assistant Editor

Judy Murdock

Makeup Artist

John Naveira

Post-Production Supervisor

Dana Niu

Original Music

Kevin O'connell

Sound Mixer

Michael O'farrell

Supervising Sound Editor

Orlando Orona

Dolly Grip

Chad Owens

Set Designer

Goran Pavicevic

Photography

John Persichetti

Colorist

Eryne Prine

Assistant Sound Editor

Charles H Ray

Gang Boss

Jimmy Reed

Song

Mary Reed

Song

Sandy Reed

Craft Service

J. Michael Riva

Production Designer

Yvette Rivas

Hair Stylist

Andrew Roberts

3-D Artist

Kyle Rochlin

Foley Mixer

Zade Rosenthal

Photography

Kathy Rowe

Assistant

Greg P. Russell

Sound Mixer

Leon Russell

Song

Riki Lin Sabusawa

Costume Supervisor

Haroon Saleem

Assistant

Luca Salvadori

Original Music

Ralph Saunders

Assistant

Phil Shanahan

Assistant Camera

David Siegel

Unit Production Manager

Paul Simon

Song

Adam Milo Smalley

Music Editor

Will Smith

Producer

Ryan Smolarek

Digital Effects Artist

Russell Souza

Foreman

Joann Stafford-chaney

Hair Stylist

Sheilah Sullivan

Production Accountant

Tammy Sutton

2-D Artist

Cid Swank

Unit Publicist

Steve Tisch

Producer

Matt Tolmach

Studio Executive

Tommy Tran

Digital Effects Artist

John Trunk

Video Assist/Playback

Gretel Twombly

Production Coordinator

Jill Vaupen

Production Secretary

Michael Viglietta

Assistant Director

Brian Walker

Foreman

Valerie White

Costumer

Hughes Winborne

Editor

Lars P. Winther

Assistant Director

Little Stevie Wonder

Song

Little Stevie Wonder

Song Performer

Mark Yardas

Dialogue Editor

Cynthia F. Yee

Interpreter

Travis Yonke

3-D Artist

Teddy Zee

Executive Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
Jakten på lycka, Pursuit of Happiness, Pursuit of Happyness, Untitled (Columbia/Christopher Gardner story), À la recherche du bonheur
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Family
Period
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Escape Artists; Mocean; Overbrook Entertainment; Relativity Media; Technicolor Digital Intermediates; Tony's Food Service
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; Acme Film; Buena Vista International; Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp); Empire; Falcon; G-Sony; Intercom; Itafilm; Krs Film Distributors; Medusa Film; Norsk Filmdistribusjon; Sena; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Ster-Kinekor; Tuck; Vin; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
San Francisco, California, USA; Alameda, California, USA; Oakland, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

2006
Will Smith

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 15, 2006

Released in United States on Video March 27, 2007

Based on Christopher Gardner's life story, which was profiled on "20/20" (ABC/2003).

Literary Sale Date: 08/01/2003.

Released in United States Winter December 15, 2006

Released in United States on Video March 27, 2007

Project was included on the 2005 Black List.