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Good Will Hunting

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8.32 h 6 min1997X-Ray15
The hit Oscar winning drama, that launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, tells the tale of a headstrong, working-class genius who's failing the lessons of life, until he meets a relatable psychology professor (Robin Williams).
Directors
Gus Van Sant
Starring
Robin WilliamsMatt DamonBen Affleck
Genres
Drama
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Stellan SkarsgardMinnie DriverCasey Affleck
Producers
Lawrence BenderBob WeinsteinHarvey WeinsteinJonathan GordonSu Armstrong
Studio
Paramount Pictures
Content advisory
Violence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

5803 global ratings

  1. 84% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Anne Eraov-ReviewsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Good Will is Hunted by the Mathematics Lecturer. the therapist and America's criminal justice system.

An entertaining humorous film with lots of modern language terms.
I particularly liked the dialogue between Will and his 'best friend' where Will's friend tells him he's sitting on the winning lottery ticket but fears collecting the winnings because of the consequences and implications.

Maybe that's why many winning lottery tickets go unclaimed - the Hunt is more interesting than the claim - (for some).
My theory is: if you are 'Gifted' as Will Hunting clearly was - your destiny has already been predetermined and mapped out for you. You have no choice and no conscious say in the matter because no matter how you try to escape, there will always be somebody somewhere Hunting you down to do better for yourself, and claim your Gifts. 'The World' Is Your Oyster' is the saying - i.e you can pick 'and' choose your destiny but which ever way you turn its green lights all the way.
If you are Talented, you have the choice to make conscious/subconscious decisions regarding your Talents and your future. Your destiny is determined by 'your' decisions. Your decision is 'your' world and 'your' oyster. You have amber lights and must proceed with caution - you can even afford to throw caution to the wind and see where the wind blows you.
If you are Skilled, you are required to do the bare minimum for yourself, but it will always 'limit' how far-reaching your destiny 'could' be. It will have a knock on effect and limit your future plans. You have red lights and will periodically have to stop, analyse and re-evaluate your life's direction and decisions.

The last 20 mins of the film seemed a little rushed or the production team ran out of time and money as much of those last 20 minutes is left to one's own imagination of 'the feel good factor' - that everything went well for Will and he made it up with his girlfriend.
It would have been nice to see/meet Will's new boss and see the smile on the girlfriend's face when Will shows up.
Thank You!
5 people found this helpful
Axolotls are AWESOMEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good film
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This is actually a really good film, well written and well acted even by Matt Damon whose character was obnoxious, self important and unpleasant.
I'm not a prodigy of anything so I wouldn't know but I think at some stage everyone would have a stern word with their younger selves about trying to find a way to reach their potential and making a better life.
I felt for him in the fact that he was clearly held back by his circumstances and by his feeling that he couldn't leave behind the person he was used to being.
All in all, a really good film. Well worth at least one watch
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Spoiled by foul language
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We tried to watch this film after it was recommended. We lasted perhaps 10 or 15 minutes but turned it off due to an excess of obscene language. The story appeared to be interesting but was it necessary to portray the lives of the poorer characters in such unpleasant detail?
I'm sure ours is a generational attitude and we enjoy many modern films but this seemed to be designed to shock at all costs.
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Mark BarryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Good Will Hunting - 15th Anniversary Edition" on BLU RAY
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I'm stunned at how good this 1997 starter movie for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck looks on this 2012 American Miramax/Lionsgate BLU RAY (which is now less than six quid). It's beautifully clean and a revelation after all these years of so-so DVDs.

There's barely a hair on any scene - no glitches - no wobbles - the colour is beautiful - and as it's defaulted to 'Widescreen' so it fills the entire screen naturally (without bars top or bottom). There's English and German 5.1 DTS-HD Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH - and English, Spanish, French and German subtitles.

It's also REGION A and 'B' - which means the States, the 'UK and Europe'. So British and European film fans can buy this great movie with confidence that it won't give them compatibility issues.

You also forget how good a film "Good Will Hunting" is and was (9 nominations) - a really great script by the boys full of life observations from the real Boston (won for best original screenplay), Stellan Skarsgard as the snotty obsessed Maths teacher and Robin Williams as the hurt but earthy shrink (both shining like diamonds - especially Williams who is a wow and rightly won his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) and the lovely Minnie Driver with such a lightness of touch. Younger brother Casey Affleck as one of the boys while Matt and Ben took the world by storm - so brilliant for such a young age.

The EXTRAS are also shockingly substantial:
A 4-Part Retrospective:
Reflecting On A Journey: Good Will Hunting 15 Years Later
The Era Of Good Will Hunting
Cast And Crew Spotlight
Academy Awards: A Winning Season
Life Goes On
Matt Damon Remembers Good Will Hunting
Audio Commentary by Director Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
11 Deleted Scenes with Audio Commentary
Production Featurette
Academy Award: Best Picture Montage
Miss Misery Music Video
Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Theatrical Trailer

Intimate, funny and wise (in a good way) - "Good Will Hunting" still stands up. A great 'US' BLU RAY we can enjoy - and now at a dirt-cheap price. Dig in.

PS: 12 August 2014 Tuesday - cannot stand the news - Robin Williams lost to us - go the angels - you made me and my family laugh, cry and think...an appaling loss to humanity...
15 people found this helpful
A CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Audio quality made this great film unwatchable
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable, moving, entertaining film that touches on the deeper aspects of life, of living life as fully as possible, a theme common to many of Robin Williams films.
However, this version was awful as the sound quality was incredibly poor, a constant hum in the background that got worse on turning up the volume, making it difficult to watch. Surprisingly poor as with dvds, crystal clear audio is expected but this version had background distortion marked enough to distract cometely from the dialogue & purchased another elsewhere.
One person found this helpful
d3n0zReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must watch for serious movie lovers.
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Classic.
Never get fed up of this movie, William's, Damen, the Afflecks Minnie Driver and Skarsgård are brilliant.
1998: Damen&Affleck got the Oscar's writing award for best svreenplay, William's got an Oscar for best supporting actor, they were nominated for countless awards, and won many.
Its brilliant, cast is full of so much talent.
They should've won more Oscar's.
Highly recommend.
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Taliesin girlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic and memorable film
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It is an interesting and engaging film on many levels. It is the story of an untaught genius who is championed by a MIT professor. The lives of privileged university students are contrasted with those of young blue collar workers. The young Matt Damon, Ben Affeck and Winona Ryder are great. The film is also a love story and shows the after effects of childhood abuse.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unlikely Feelgood plot with a screenplay and acting that makes it somehow believable
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It's not always a good idea, after many years, to watch a film you once thought good. However. Watched this with a group of friends - none of have seen it since it was originally released. Forget nostalgia, not only has it stood the test of time it's somehow better watching it again...... Excellent cast and excellent acting from all with a young Ben Affleck and a young Matt Damon excelling both in their performances in it and for having written the thing in the first place. I wonder why there's been no sequel?
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