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Good Will Hunting Details

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting (Damon), gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie (Affleck), and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar (Minnie Driver). After MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. Will agrees to the latter but refuses to cooperate with a succession of therapists. Lambeau then contacts his former classmate, therapist Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. Both are equally stubborn, but Will is finally forced to deal with both his past and his future. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:December 5, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lawrence Bender Best Picture 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pietro Scalia Best Editing 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ben Affleck Best Screenplay 1997 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ben Affleck Best Original Screenplay 1997 Winner
National Board of Review Ben Affleck Special Achievement 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Affleck Best Original Screenplay 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Danny Elfman Best Dramatic Score 1997 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Gus Van Sant Best Director 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gus Van Sant Best Director 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Matt Damon Best Screenplay 1997 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Matt Damon Best Original Screenplay 1997 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Matt Damon Breakthrough Performer 1997 Winner
National Board of Review Matt Damon Special Achievement 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Matt Damon Best Original Screenplay 1997 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Matt Damon Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Matt Damon Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Matt Damon Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Matt Damon Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Minnie Driver Best Supporting Actress 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Minnie Driver Best Supporting Actress 1997 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Robin Williams Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robin Williams Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robin Williams Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1997 Nominee

Crew

Gus Van Sant
Director
Lawrence Bender
Producer
Matt Damon
Screenwriter
Matt Damon
Screen Story
Ben Affleck
Screenwriter
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Pietro Scalia
Editor
Melissa Stewart
Production Designer
Chris Moore
Co-producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Kevin Smith
Executive Producer
Scott Mosier
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Su Armstrong
Executive Producer
Jonathan Gordon
Executive Producer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Kerry Barden
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Robert Easton
Dialect Coach
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