Good Will Hunting

Release Date: December 25th, 1997

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 1998

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).

Cast: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser, Rachel Majorowski

Director: Gus Van Sant

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films, Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership, Lawrence Bender Productions

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Friendship , Bar , Heartwarming , Emotional , Growing up , 1990s , Cheeky , Friend , Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers. show more

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    First and foremost, Good Will Hunting is a film riding young, exuberant energies. show more

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Damon convincingly matches Williams recrimination for recrimination in this portrayal of mutual tough love, even with the latter giving what may be the best performance of his career. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Directing