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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Chris Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon, Kevin Smith
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: May 22 2015
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 391 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000065KRX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #819 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Good Will Hunting (Widescreen)

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Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck nabbed one for Best Original Screenplay, but the feel-good hit Good Will Hunting triumphs because of its gifted director, Gus Van Sant. The unconventional director (My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy) saves a script marred by vanity and clunky character development by yanking soulful, touching performances out of his entire cast (amazingly, even one by Williams that's relatively schtick-free). Van Sant pulls off the equivalent of what George Cukor accomplished for women's melodrama in the '30s and '40s: He's crafted an intelligent, unabashedly emotional male weepie about men trying to find inner-wisdom.

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. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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This is a very emotional movie, about a Boston 'punk' who is also a genius, who pretty much doesn't trust anybody. After solving an impossible math problem, he attracts the attention of a professor who wants to lead him to success, and gain some notoriety for himself. Unfortunately, Will likes to destroy people in authority, and scares off several psychiatrists who try to help him, until he meets his match in Robin Williams.

I won't ruin the story, but he also gets involved with a woman collage student, and a lot happens here until he breaks her heart! The end of the story hinges on her, I won't spoil it, but you want to see it, believe me!

If you aren't touched by this movie, you are probably a narcissist!
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If a sub-story of a guy who's gotta go see about a girl hasn't worn its welcome yet, you'll like this one. If not, there's still some gem-interactions between the main characters. Robin Williams at his dramatic best.
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So many people I respect loved this film that I just had to see it. And I was glad I did. It surprised me. I had seen the trailer a long time ago and thought that the trailer had said it all. I was wrong. This film is a lot more than the plot. It is the story of a brilliant rough working class young man in from South Boston (Matt Damon) who retains everything he reads. He's a janitor at MIT and solves mathematical problems on the blackboard after class. He gets into a lot of fights and when he is arrested the mathematics professor who realizes what a genius he is, puts up bail on the proviso he get counseling with psychologist Robin Williams. What follows is a original, tight, and deeply moving movie. There is more wisdom in this one movie than I have ever seen on the screen before, and it is totally involving.
I understand that before Matt Damon was an actor, he wrote this story as a 50 page assignment for a creative writing class at Harvard. The story haunted him, however, and with his friend, fellow actor Ben Affleck, they created the screenplay by improvising each scene together. What resulted was this work of art. Don't miss it!
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"Good Will Hunting", starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, and Minnie Driver, is one of the top ten greatest films of 1997. It was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, going on to win two: Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Williams). The plot, written by Damon and Affleck, is brilliant. It wonderfully despicts the dramatic side of recovery while adding some interesting wit in the perfect scenes. However, the wit never interrupts or overlaps the dramatic events. Director Gus Van Zant leads the cast and crew to accomplish this masterpiece beautifully. The chain of events always contain the perfect emotional background that keeps audiences watching closely. It later becomes more than just a secret math genius recovering from a painful childhood. The other plots combined with it offers a deeper understanding behind the main plots, namely the therapist's reflecting his wife's death and Will Hunting falling in love. Such level of drama keeps the intensity intact in the raging scenes. Unfortunately, Damon and Affleck have yet to release their follow-up screenplay.
Matt Damon and Minnie Driver earned an Oscar nomination for their performances (Best Actor/ Best Supporting Actress). Damon seemed made for that role. As with Robin Williams, they desplict their character's emotions and turbulances to the fullest, offering audiences a more emotional feel. Williams proves that he's capable of performing dramatic films as well as his signature comedy. All other actors also desplict their presence wonderfully.
"Good Will Hunting" is a great film for most audiences for enjoyment. Its quality proves that it will someday become a classic.
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As close as a film comes to thrilling, moving, complete entertainment.
The taut screenplay keeps you riveted as events unfold. Despite it's straightforward thematic backbone, Good Will Hunting does an impressive job playing out complex emotional negotiations between lover and friend, eager professional mentor and unwilling father figure, with the bitterness any hardworking career academic like the professor must inevitably feel in the face of a genetic miracle who'd rather chase girls than gunk around with theorems and formulas.
On the negative side, some characters may come across as cardboard (an arrogant MIT professor; a humble-by-choice psychologist who turns out to be The Most Effective; an unsung math prodigy from the wrong side of Boston who never really saw the face of school but can recite page numbers from economics books; etc) but all of it is executed with such magnificent grace, style and heartfelt emotional realism that it has moved me every single time I have watched it (5 times).
Special mention for the fabulous cameos from Robin Williams in a rare subdued but effective performance sans his usual comedic histrionics, and Minnie Driver, who is simply stunning in her role as Mr. Precocious' love interest.
The DVD has some neat special features including interviews with the director and some interesting outtakes. This one's a keeper.
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