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Pursuit of Happyness (Widescreen) (2006) - Oscar® Nominee!

Director: Gabriele Muccino     Starring: Jaden Smith Will Smith
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Learn more about Pursuit of Happyness (Widescreen):

Format: DVD
Sku: 204043722
UPC: 043396150850
UPC 14: 00043396150850
Category Keywords: Fathers And Sons  Poverty  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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|Inspired by a True Story.
Chris gardner is a strugglng salesman, barely making ends meet when he and his 5 year old son are evicted from their san francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When gardner lands an internship at a prestgious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships in pursuit of the dream of a better life.

"...a genuinely transporting inspirational movie...  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"...[Smith gives] a beautiful and understated performance...  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"I don't think I've seen a mainstream movie get fatherhood so right since "Kramer vs . Kramer"...  Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Editor's Note
Will Smith is a father struggling to take care of his young son in this touching tale based on a true story. In San Francisco circa 1981, Chris Gardner's (Smith) luck has run out. A bad business investment, a bevy of parking tickets, and back taxes in addition to rent, childcare, and groceries keep him constantly scrambling for cash. Chris thinks his luck is changing when he is accepted into a highly competitive internship program at a brokerage firm. But the internship is unpaid and soon, despite his best efforts, Chris and his five-year old son, Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith--Will Smith's real life son), find themselves homeless. Chris might spend his days training to invest and make millions, but he and Christopher spend their nights in shelters and public transportation stations.

Gardner's story is a testament not only to the love between a father and son, but also to the strength of the human spirit. Will Smith turns in a fine, nuanced performance as a man determined to protect his son and make a life for himself and his family. Jaden Smith is an adorable scene-stealer as young Christopher. The real-life father and son pairing translates well onto the big screen; the two have terrific natural chemistry. Their affection for each other is apparent, even as they weather the tough times. This is Italian director Gabriele Muccino's (THE LAST KISS, REMEMBER ME MY LOVE) first film in the English language. Thandie Newton also stars as Christopher's overworked and defeated mother in this tearjerker which was inspired by a segment on the television news program 20/20. Gardner also wrote a book of the same name that was released in 2006.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/17/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 15085
Video UPC UPC: 00043396150850
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.40:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Pursuit of Happyness - DVD
By: Anne Gilbert filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/16/2007 8:05 PM
There is a part of The Pursuit of Happyness -- most of the last third, honestly -- that is just plain too bleak. It's taking an eternally optimistic guy just trying to scrape by and doing more than making things rough for him; it's kicking him in the crotch and spitting on him, and maybe humiliating him a little bit. It's some really holiday good cheer. Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is one of those downtrodden guys for whom better times are always just around the next corner. He's a salesman, hawking some over-priced and under-used equipment to hospitals around San Francisco....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dan Castellaneta
Video Cast Info Jaden Smith
Video Cast Info Thandie Newton
Video Cast Info Will Smith
Video Cast Info Andrea Guerra - Original Music By
Video Cast Info David Alper - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David F. Klassen - Art Director
Video Cast Info Gabriele Muccino - Director
Video Cast Info Hughes Winborne - Editor
Video Cast Info Phedon Papamichael - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steve Conrad - Writer
Video Cast Info Will Smith - Producer

Awards


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Will Smith, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Seal, Christopher Bruce, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Image Award, Will Smith, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Image Award, The Pursuit of Happyness, Outstanding Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Image Award, Jaden Smith, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Image Award, Thandie Newton, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Will Smith, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Screen Actors Guild, Will Smith, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[Smith gives] a beautiful and understated performance, one that hums with a richer, quieter music than Smith has mustered before....[A] shrewdly touching movie..." -- Grade: B 12/15/2006 p.65

New York Times
"Both performances are certainly likable in the extreme..." 12/15/2006 p.E32

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it.He's the real deal." 12/28/2006 p.120

Box Office
"Will Smith is an extremely charming performer....Smith is terrific as usual..." 02/01/2007 p.74

Sight and Sound
"[T]he film is a fully fledged message movie....Not since KRAMER VS. KRAMER has single fatherhood been so lovingly portrayed." 03/01/2007 p.72

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[The character's] true-life story -- enduring homelessness with hi young son while striving to become a stockbroker -- is genuinely heartening." 07/01/2007 p.126

Variety 7 of 10
The fact-inspired drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" is more inspirational than creatively inspired -- imbued with the kind of uplifting, afterschool-special qualities that can trigger a major toothache. Clearly savoring the chance to work alongside his moppet son, Will Smith is in serious mode as Chris Gardner, whose story is one of perseverance overcoming tremendous hardship. Smith's heartfelt performance is easy to admire...The younger Smith is allowed to deliver a natural, childlike performance, though occasionally Gabriele Muccino, the Italian helmer of "The Last Kiss" making his English-language debut, and writer Steven Conrad unhelpfully saddle the tot with big, chewy mouthfuls of dialogue. - Brian Lowry

DVD Talk 8 of 10
Stories of triumph over adversity are the foundation on which cinema was built. These are tales flush with uplift, sure to radiate an aura of good feelings to blanket the audience. "Pursuit of Happyness" (based on a true story) is not one to rock the boat in terms of mass entertainment expectations, but it isn't quite the sunny hand-holding experience it could've been either..."Pursuit of Happyness" is Will Smith's triumph, and it's worth a look alone to see this tiresome actor in a role that requires a rare amount of patience from him. The film has some difficulty satisfying other dramatic requirements, but Smith is the star here for a reason, and he alone maintains the picture's faith. - Brian Orndorf

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Smith,Will
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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