Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

Gus Van Sant (1997)

121min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in this unmissable, moving drama directed by Gus Van Sant. Damon plays Will, a wrong-side-of-the-tracks janitor at top college MIT, who has an exceptional mind and whose mathematical genius is discovered by one of the professors (Stellan Skarsgård) at the school. However, Will is an emotionally troubled young man, so a psychologist (Robin Williams) with problems of his own is brought in to help him. Skilfully directed and stunningly performed by Damon, Williams, Skarsgård, Affleck (as Will's best friend) and Minnie Driver (as Will's intellectual girlfriend), this is mesmerising from start to finish. It deservedly won Oscars for Damon and Affleck's screenplay as well as for Williams's subtle performance.

Summary

A troubled maths genius refuses to use his gift, preferring to work as a janitor and lead a normal life with his friends. Eventually, a university professor persuades him to see a psychologist, who befriends him and proves the only person able to help him come to terms with his talent and past traumas. Drama, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who won Oscars for their screenplay. With Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard.

Cast & Crew

Will Hunting Matt Damon
Sean McGuire Robin Williams
Chuckie Ben Affleck
Skylar Minnie Driver
Lambeau Stellan Skarsgård
Tom John Mighton
Krystyn Rachel Majorowski
Cathy Colleen McCauley
Morgan Casey Affleck
Billy Cole Hauser
Clark Scott William Winters
Psychologist George Plimpton
Director Gus Van Sant
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama