In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 17, 2014
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Mill Creek Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sean Connery & Rob Brown|
|Performer:||Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham, Busta Rhymes, Michael Nouri, Tom Mullica, Lil' Zane, April Grace, Michael Pitt & Matt Damon|
|Directed by||Gus Van Sant|
|Edited by||Valdís Óskarsdóttir|
|Screenwriting by||Mike Rich|
|Produced by||Laurence Mark, Sean Connery & Rhonda Tollefson|
|Director of Photography:||Harris Savides|
|Executive Production by||Jonathan King & Dany Wolf|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You're the man now, Dawg!"
- William Forrester (Sean Connery)
Rating: 3/5 -- A nicely inspirational affair. Full Review
Herald Sun (Australia)
...Brown's starmaking turn is the film's heart and soul...
Rating: 4/5 -- An intelligent, subtle, in short remarkable take on growing up, being true to yourself and fighting the odds. Full Review
The leaden screenplay can be fingered for many of the film's faults. But what happened to the off-kilter film-maker last seen at work in To Die For? Full Review
...Touchingly authentic thanks to genuine and profound performances from Connery and newcomer Pitt...
...Brown turns out to be something of a natural. His wary and dignified presence, nicely set off by a great smile, enables him to make working with Connery appear simple...
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 4/5 -- Funny and touching.
Description by OLDIES.com:
In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary. Academy Award-winner Sean Connery (1987, The Untouchables) stars in this powerful and unforgettable drama from acclaimed director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). With a strong cast including Academy Award-winners F. Murray Abraham (1984, Amadeus) and Anna Paquin (1993 The Piano), the film also features rap music superstar Busta Rhymes (Shaft) and an incredible performance from talented newcomer Rob Brown. Jamal Wallace (Brown) is a talented 16-year-old basketball player in New York City whose secret passion is writing. William Forrester (Connery) is a reclusive Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who never gave the world a second novel. After an accidental meeting, Forrester becomes Jamal's unlikely mentor, providing guidance to help develop the young man's exceptional skills. Soon, Forrester's harsh view of the world begins to change as both men learn lessons from each other about life - and the importance of friendship.
Director Gus Van Sant brings to the screen this moving story of a grizzled recluse and an inner-city teenager brought together by their shared passion for writing. Like Van Sant's Oscar-nominated GOOD WILL HUNTING, FINDING FORRESTER earnestly explores the struggles of a youthful genius whose position in society (underprivileged kid from the wrong side of the tracks) makes him seem destined for failure until he forms a relationship with a gifted but introverted mentor who helps him see the light.The youthful genius is a talented urban basketball player named Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), who in his spare time reads everything he can get his hands on, secretly scribbling prose and poetry into a composition pad. The introverted mentor is William Forrester (Sean Connery), who took the literary world by storm with his debut novel, AVALON RISING, 50 years earlier but now spends whole days shut inside his Bronx apartment looking out the window onto a basketball court where Jamal hangs out. Buoyed by excellent performances from Connery and newcomer Brown, FINDING FORRESTER paints a compelling, alluring portrait of friendship while offering intriguing insights into the heart and soul of the dedicated writer.
- Rob Brown was named Best Male Newcomer by the Las Vegas Film Critics Society for his performance in FINDING FORRESTER.
- Theatrical release: December 6, 2000 (NY/LA).
December 25, 2000 (major U.S. cities).
January 12, 2001 (wide release).
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