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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Coming Out at December 15, 2006 in theaters

Biography, Drama

The Pursuit of Happyness is biographical drama film directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner, a homeless salesman. Smith’s son Jaden Smith co-stars, making his film debut as Gardner’s son, Christopher Jr. The screenplay by Steven Conrad is based on the best-selling 2006 memoir of the same name written by Gardner with Quincy Troupe. It is based on Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle being homeless. The unusual spelling of the film’s title comes from a mural that Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility his son attends.

The film was released on December 25, 2006 by Columbia Pictures. Smith received acclaim for his performance and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

In 1981, San Francisco salesman Chris Gardner invests his entire life savings in portable bone density scanners, which he demonstrates to doctors and pitches as a handy quantum leap over standard X-rays. The scanners play a vital role in his life. While he is able to sell most of them, the time lag between the sales and his growing financial demands enrage his already alienated wife Linda, who works as a hotel maid. The financial instability increasingly erodes their marriage, in spite of them caring for Christopher Jr., their soon-to-be five-year-old son. Because Chris has trouble selling the scanners, as they only produce a slightly better picture than a common X-ray but for a much higher price, and hence does not make enough money to make ends meet, Linda has to work double shifts.

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Writer: Steve Conrad

Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Kurt Fuller

Cast:

Will SmithChris Gardner
Jaden SmithChristopher
Thandie NewtonLinda
Brian HoweJay Twistle
James KarenMartin Frohm
Dan CastellanetaAlan Frakesh
Kurt FullerWalter Ribbon
Takayo FischerMrs. Chu
Kevin WestWorld’s Greatest Dad
George CheungChinese Maintenance Worker
David Michael SilvermanDoctor at First Hospital
Domenic BoveTim Ribbon
Geoff CallanFerrari Owner
Joyful RavenHippie Girl
Scott KlaceTim Brophy
Rashida ClendeningBus Driver
Eric SchniewindDoctors
Peter FitzsimmonsDoctors
Maurice SherbaneeRoy The Old Neighbor
Zuhair HaddadCab Driver
Victor Raider-WexlerLandlord
Mark Christopher LawrenceWayne
Darryl FongPoliceman
George MaguirePolice Clerk
Joe NunezDriver Who Hits Chris
Adam Del RioShoe-Spotting Intern
Rocky LaRochelleMotel Manager
Erin BeersDean Witter Receptionist
Rueben GrundyBusinessman
Ming LoYoung Executive
John KovacevichYoung Executive
Bonnie AkimotoDoctor’s Receptionist
Stu KlitsnerDr. Strauk
Esther ScottShelter Worker
Tina D’EliaShelter Worker
Cecil WilliamsReverend Williams
David FineBig Guy Rodney
George MoffattHomeless Guy In Line
Amir TalaiClerk
Mike GaribaldiPaul
Jason FrazierYoung Man – Bus Fight
Kevin CrookSmug Intern
David HainesOther Young Executive
James FinnertyNews Reporter
Abigail Van AlynRibbon’s Receptionist
Bob GreeneDoctor at Oakland Memorial Hospital
Robert Anthony PetersGlide Shelter Worker
Terri Orth-PallaviciniSecretary
John RobbHomeless Guy
Daniel WilderHomeless Guys
Cathy FithianPolicewoman
Keith StevensonIndian Grocery Clerk
Jeff ApplebaumDean Witter Employee
Victor HoaglandRibbon’s Associate
Richard BischoffRibbon’s Associate
Edward DonlinDr. Don Florio
Larry HuntBucket Man
Rose AispuroBlood Center Clerk
Arbin C. KumarCheck Cashing Clerk
The Glide EnsembleGlide Singers
Jerry Edward McLillySmiley
Shareef AllmanPrisoner
Jeffrey MoonPizza Dad
Peaches HutchinsonPizza Mom
Brandon DeadwilerPizza Son
Tateanna Wheeler-LezinePizza Daughter
Karen KahnProfessional Woman
Alissa AndereggGolden Gate Park Kid
Martin AndrisBusinessman
Elise AngellIntern
Regina AntoinetteShopper
Phil AustinStock Broker
Curtis Wayne BrownDoctor
Rick CampBus Rider
Doug CampbellDean Witter Trader
Stefano CaponeBusinessman
Brad CarrDean Witter Employee
Molly CelaschiBusiness Woman
Cabran E. ChamberlainDean Witter Trader
Baldwin ChiuIntern
Kimberly ContrerasHippie
James CotnerLaughing Man in Car
Alexander CukorDean Witter Intern
Zachary CulbertsonEuropean Tourist
Bill DietzBusinessman
Ryan ElseDean Witter Intern
Travis B. FieldsElectronics Store Patron
Yeena FisherBusiness Woman
Garrett ForbesHomeless Teen
Joseph Fossum-PerezPunk Rocker on BART
Ben FritzDean Witter Trader
Chris GardnerPasserby on Street
Elizabeth HaraPedestrian
Daryl Anthony HarperHomeless Man
Nate HavocIntern
Joshua KaniesConstruction Dept.
Heather KantorHippie
David KiiskinenDean Witter Broker
Shawn KresalDean Witter Trader
Brendan KruseBike Messenger

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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