1997   USA Good Will Hunting
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Director:Gus Van Sant
Writer:Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
IMDb Rating:8.1 (192,022 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 35 nominations
Duration:126 min
Gus Van Sant  ...  (Director)
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck  ...  (Writer)
Robin Williams  ...  Sean Maguire
Matt Damon  ...  Will Hunting
Ben Affleck  ...  Chuckie Sullivan
Stellan Skarsgård  ...  Prof. Gerald Lambeau
Minnie Driver  ...  Skylar
Casey Affleck  ...  Morgan O'Mally
Cole Hauser  ...  Billy McBride
John Mighton  ...  Tom
Rachel Majorowski  ...  Krystyn
Colleen McCauley  ...  Cathy
Matt Mercier  ...  Barbershop Quartet #1
Ralph St. George  ...  Barbershop Quartet #2
Rob Lynds  ...  Barbershop Quartet #3
Dan Washington  ...  Barbershop Quartet #4
Alison Folland  ...  M.I.T. Student #1
Jean-Yves Escoffier  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: One of the best films of the 1990s, this is one of those rare box office mega-hits that deserved all the adulation and awards it earned. Youthful stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck earned an Academy Award for their incisive, witty script. Damon plays a janitor at MIT who is an enormously gifted mathematician. Salivating professors bring the angry and troubled young man to psychiatrist Robin Williams, hoping Damon will conform enough to further his education. (Williams garnered an Academy Award for his heartfelt performance.) Director Gus Van Sant put away his more invasive camera tricks and let the story tell itself. Good thing, because this is one involving and well-acted tale. Several plot tangents, including a sweet little romance between Damon and Minnie Driver, are carefully woven into the fabric of this multilayered drama. Friendship, societal expectations, and the long reach of a damaged childhood are all portrayed with such finesse that the story never feels heavy-handed. Extraordinarily optimistic, Good Will Hunting is exceptional because it causes elation and forces you to think. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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