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Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

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Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Mike Rich
5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... William Forrester
Rob Brown ... Jamal Wallace
F. Murray Abraham ... Prof. Robert Crawford
Anna Paquin ... Claire Spence
Busta Rhymes ... Terrell Wallace
April Grace ... Ms. Joyce
Michael Pitt ... John Coleridge
Michael Nouri ... Dr. Spence
Richard Easton ... Prof. Matthews
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Massie, Forrester's Delivery Man
Lil' Zane Lil' Zane ... Damon (as Zane Copeland Jr.)
Stephanie Berry Stephanie Berry ... Janice Wallace
Fly Williams III Fly Williams III ... Fly
Damany Mathis ... Kenzo
Damion Lee Damion Lee ... Clay
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Because of scoring exceptionally high on a statewide standardized exam, and being an exceptionally good basketball player, Jamal Wallace is sent to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan. He soon befriends the reclusive writer, William Forrester. Written by the chan man

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In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Descubriendo a Forrester See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$701,207, 25 December 2000

Gross USA:

$51,804,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,049,764
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes in the Mailor-Callow School were filmed at Regis High School in Manhattan, an all-scholarship high school on the upper east side. See more »

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Jamal's tie "moves" in two consecutive shots during his first day of class. See more »

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Jamal: I'll take poor assumptions for $800, Alex.
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During the Columbia logo presentation, Bill Frisell's guitar playing the Columbia accompanying music is heard, rather than the usual orchestral version. See more »

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Written and performed by Algis A. Kizys, Jonathan Bepler and David S. Thorpe
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On The Resilience Of The Human Spirit
12 February 2001 | by jhcluesSee all my reviews

A reclusive author, whose only published novel won the Pulitzer Prize, becomes the mentor of an underprivileged and talented sixteen-year-old in `Finding Forrester,' directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Connery and newcomer Rob Brown. Young Jamal Wallace (Brown) is a star basketball player in his neighborhood, and-- unbeknownst to his peers-- also has a gift for writing. The acceptance he needs from his friends, however, that need to `fit in,' is derived from playing ball; yet his heart is in his writing. But he knows that within the limited confines of his environs his skill with the written word means next to nothing in regards to his future, and he sees basketball as the only viable means of doing anything worthwhile with his life. That is, until one day circumstances bring him into contact with William Forrester (Connery); and it's an encounter that ultimately changes the direction of his life forever. Working from an intelligent, well crafted screenplay by Mike Rich, Van Sant establishes the milieu within which the story will unfold with his opening shot: A black youth setting the stage in rap. It's clever and effective, and the contrast between the rap at the beginning and the song at the end not only frames the film but underscores the impact of the story, as it succinctly encapsulates the changes in Jamal's life. As he did with `Drugstore Cowboy' and `Good Will Hunting,' Van Sant successfully captures the essence of a particular culture and how those living within it relate to those apart from it. It's a study of human nature and the levels of diversity of which our society is comprised, and Van Sant does it exceedingly well. As far as performances go, Connery makes the most of one of his best roles in years. Perfectly cast as Forrester, he lends an adamant toughness to the character initially, then slowly and subtly allows the vulnerability that lies beneath the gruff exterior to surface. It makes for a well-rounded, complete portrayal, as we see not only his iconoclastic leanings, but the very human and caring side of the man as well. And it's Connery's superlative performance, through which he conveys the complexities of the character so well, that illuminates the true depth and multi-faceted dimensions of Forrester; it is not only memorable, but worthy of an Oscar. In his motion picture debut, Brown takes the screen by storm; a storm that is at once gentle and discerning, yet endowed with a strength born of it's own momentum. With a manner reminiscent of Cuba Gooding Jr. in `Boyz N the Hood,' he has a natural acting ability that commands attention, and if his performance here is any indication of his talents (which obviously it must be), then it is safe to say that the cinematic world has certainly just been enriched by his presence. The supporting cast includes F. Murray Abraham (Professor Robert Crawford), Anna Paquin (Claire), Busta Rhymes (Terrell), April Grace (Ms. Joyce), Michael Pitt (Coleridge) and Michael Nouri (Dr. Spence). An uplifting example of deriving hope from hopelessness, `Finding Forrester' is an entertaining and moving testimony to the resilience and depth of the human spirit. It's a film that will stay with you long after the screen has gone dark, for there is much here to be savored and embraced; a film too good to be allowed to let pass you by. I rate this one 9/10.


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