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The Pursuit of Happyness Details


The rousing, true-life story of a single dad who went from living on the streets to owning his own brokerage firm is brought to the big screen by superstar Will Smith, appearing for the first time opposite his real-life son Jaden Smith. Set in early-'80s San Francisco, the film charts the hard times and eventual comeback of Chris Gardner, a suddenly single salesman who has custody of his son, but finds that providing for the two of them is a challenge in the increasingly unstable economic climate. He struggles to work his way from unpaid intern at Dean Witter to something more substantial, even as life continues to offer him setbacks. Making his Hollywood debut, Italian director Gabriele Muccino was championed by Will Smith for the project. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 2006


Awarded by
Phoenix Film Critics Association Jaden Smith Best Male Youth Performance 2006 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Jaden Smith Best Young Actor 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Jaden Smith Best Breakthrough Performance 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Seal Best Original Song 2006 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Will Smith Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Will Smith Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Will Smith Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Black Reel Awards Will Smith Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Will Smith Best Actor 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Will Smith Best Actor 2006 Nominee


Will Smith
as Chris Gardner
Jaden Smith
as Christopher
Thandie Newton
as Linda
Brian Howe
as Jay Twistle
James Karen
as Martin Frohm
Dan Castellaneta
as Alan Frakesh
Kurt Fuller
as Walter Ribbon
Takayo Fischer
as Mrs. Chu
Kevin West
as World's Greatest Dad
George Cheung
as Chinese Maintenance Worker
Geoff Callan
as Ferrari, Owner
Scott Klace
as Tim Brophy
Eric Schniewind
as Dotors
Peter Fitzsimmons
as Doctors
Maurice Sherbanee
as Roy the Old Neighbor
Zuhair Haddad
as Cab Driver
Victor Raider-Wexler
as Landlord
Mark Christopher Lawrence
as Wayne
Darryl Fong
as Policeman
George Maguire
as Police Clerk
Joseph A. Nuñez
as Driver Who Hits Chris
Adam Del Rio
as Shoe-Spotting Intern
Rocky LaRochelle
as Motel Manager
Erin Cahill
as Dean Witter Receptionist
Reuben Grundy
as Businessman
Ming Lo
as Young Executives
Bonnie Akimoto
as Doctor's Receptionist
Esther Scott
as Shelter Workers
David Fine
as Big Guy Rodney
George Moffatt
as Homeless Guy In Line
Amir Talai
as Clerk
Mike Garibaldi
as Paul
Jason Frazier
as Young Man - Bus Fight
David Haines
as Other Young Executive
Abigail van Alyn
as Ribbon's Receptionist
Bob Greene
as Doctor at Oakland Memorial Hospital
Robert Anthony Peters
as Glide Shelter Worker
Terri Orth-Pallavicini
as Secretary
John Robb
as Homeless Guys
Daniel Wilder
as Homeless Guys
Cathy Fithian
as Policewoman
Keith Stevenson
as Indian Grocery Clerk
Jeff Applebaum
as Dean Witter Employee
Victor Hoagland
as Ribbon's Associates
Richard Bischoff
as Ribbon's Associates
Edward Donlin
as Dr. Don Florio
Rose Aispuro
as Blood Center Clerk
Shareef Allman
as Prisoner
Jeffrey Moon
as Pizza Dad
Peaches Hutchinson
as Pizza Mom
Tateanna Wheeler-Lezine
as Pizza Daughter
Karen Kahn
as Professional Woman


Gabriele Muccino
Todd Black
James Lassiter
Jason Blumenthal
Steve Tisch
Will Smith
Steven Conrad
Phedon Papamichael
Hughes Winborne
J. Michael Riva
Production Designer
David F. Klassen
Art Director
Christopher P. Gardner
Associate Producer
Louis D'Esposito
Executive Producer
Mark Clayman
Executive Producer
David Alper
Executive Producer
Teddy Zee
Executive Producer
Noelle King
Set Designer
Chad Owens
Set Designer
Valerie White
Costume Designer
Robert Mata
Costume Designer
Lauri Gaffin
Set Decorator
Sharen Davis
Costume Designer
Yvonne Bastidos
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Viglietta
First Assistant Director
Lars P. Winther
First Assistant Director
Goran Pavicevic
Camera Operator
Randolph Le Roi
Nina Henninger
Denise Chamian
John Trunk
Video Assist
Ross Jensen
First Assistant Accountant
Camille Friend
Department Head Hair
Jill Vaupen
Production Secretary
Geraud Brisson
Assistant Editor
Jennifer Jourdan
Production Assistant
Vincent Guisetti
Foley Artist
Michael Ambrose
Chief Lighting Technician
Mark Yardas
Dialogue Editor
Eryne Prine
Assistant Sound Editor
Blake Neely
Tim Guffin
Second Unit Camera
Jim Chesney
Transportation Captain
Andy Malcolm
Foley Artist
Gretchen Davis
John Breinholt
First Assistant Editor
Rory Enke
Location Manager
Judy Murdock
Galen Goodpaster
Assistant Sound Editor
Beau Bonneau Casting
Extra Casting
Brandon Heidt
Production Assistant
Goro Koyama
Foley Artist
Travis Yonke
Painter (digital)
Louis D'Esposito
Unit Production Manager
Michael Haight
Supervising ADR Editor
Sheilah Sullivan
Production Accountant
Zade Rosenthal
Still Photographer
Mike Boustead
Music Editor
Michael E. Goldman
Assistant Art Director
Jeph Folkins
Camera Loader
Gregg London
Assistant Editor
Anthony Carlino
Wesley Hodge
Hair Styles
Title Design
Meg Dickler-Taylor
Foley Supervisor
Sean Garcia
Assistant Production Coordinator
Kyle Rochlin
Foley Mixer
Michael O'Farrell
Supervising Sound Editor
Colleen Kenneavy
Extra Casting
Ryan Smolarek
Lead Compositor
Julian Brain
Second Second Assistant Director
Orlando Orona
Dolly Grip
Jason Halley
Production Assistant
Ron Mellegers
Foley Mixer
Yvette Rivas
Hair Styles
Gretel Twombly
Production Coordinator
Howard London
ADR Mixer
Allan Marasco
Production Assistant
Heather Mullen
Assistant Editor
Angela Demo
Casting Assistant
Ted Leonard
Production Assistant
Vince Cueva
Production Assistant
Molly Allen
Location Manager
Zachary Bogart
Production Assistant
Janie Graves
Assistant Location Manager
Cid Swank
Unit Publicist
Scout Masterson
Casting Associate
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter