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Good Will Hunting

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Original title
Good Will Hunting
Running time
126 min.
United States United States
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Danny Elfman
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Lawrence Bender Productions, Miramax. Producer: Kevin Smith. Distributor: Miramax
Drama. Romance | Education. Friendship. Mathematics
Synopsis / Plot
Matt Damon stars as Will Hunting, a closet math genius who ignores his gift in favor of nightly boozing and fighting with South Boston buddies (co-writer Ben Affleck among them). While working as a university janitor, he solves an impossible calculus problem scribbled on a hallway blackboard and reluctantly becomes the prodigy of an arrogant MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgård). Damon only avoids prison by agreeing to see psychiatrists, all of whom he mocks or psychologically destroys until he meets his match in the professor's former childhood friend, played by Williams. Both doctor and patient are haunted by the past, and as mutual respect develops, the healing process begins. The film's beauty lies not with grand climaxes, but with small, quiet moments. Scenes such as Affleck's clumsy pep talk to Damon while they drink beer after work, or any number of therapy session between Williams and Damon offer poignant looks at the awkward ways men show affection and feeling for one another.
1997: 2 Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Robin Williams). 9 Nominations
1997: Golden Globe: Best Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1997: National Board of Review: Special Achievement in Filmmaking (Damon & Affleck)
1997: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Original Screenplay & Breakthrough Performer (Damon)
1998: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Outstanding Single Archievement (Matt Damon)
1997: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1997: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1997: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1997: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Williams). 4 Nominations
1997: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Most Promising Actor (Damon). 2 Nominations
1997: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
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