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Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by . The story follows Will Hunting, a young, troubled genius who works as a janitor at MIT. When Will is discovered to have an extraordinary talent for mathematics, he attracts the attention of a brilliant professor who sets out to help him realize his potential. Along the way, Will forms a bond with a therapist named Sean Maguire, who helps him confront the emotional trauma that has held him back.


Good Will Hunting is a powerful and emotionally resonant film that explores themes of intellectual potential, emotional healing, and the search for identity. The film's direction is masterful, with deftly balancing the film's moments of humor, drama, and heartache. The performances are uniformly excellent, with delivering a nuanced and deeply affecting portrayal of Will Hunting and giving an unforgettable performance as Sean Maguire. The film is a testament to the transformative power of friendship and the importance of confronting one's inner demons.


Good Will Hunting was a critical and commercial success, receiving numerous accolades, including:

  • Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for
  • Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for and
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for and
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for and

The film's success launched the careers of both and , who wrote the script and co-starred in the film. Good Will Hunting remains a beloved and influential film that continues to resonate with audiences around the world.

Directed by
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by
Starring , , , , ,
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Jean-Yves Escoffier
Edited by Pietro Scalia
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Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date December 2, 1997 (Bruin Theater) December 5, 1997 (United States)
Running time 126 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $225.9 million

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