Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant. 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 Gus Van Sant deftly balancing the film's moments of humor, drama, and heartache. The performances are uniformly excellent, with Matt Damon delivering a nuanced and deeply affecting portrayal of Will Hunting and Robin Williams 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 Robin Williams
- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Robin Williams
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
The film's success launched the careers of both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, 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||Gus Van Sant|
|Produced by||Lawrence Bender|
|Written by||Ben Affleck Matt Damon|
|Starring||Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver,|
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Edited by||Pietro Scalia|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Release date||December 2, 1997 (Bruin Theater) December 5, 1997 (United States)|
|Running time||126 minutes|
|Box office||$225.9 million|