- Actors: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes
- Directors: Gus Van Sant
- Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
- Run Time: 126 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 700 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00JPQ1INI
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.
Academy Award®-winner Sean Connery (1987,The Untouchables) stars in this powerful and unforgettable drama from acclaimed director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting,Milk). With a strong cast including Academy Award®-winners F. Murray Abraham (1984,Amadeus) and Anna Paquin (1993,The Piano), the film also features rap music superstar Busta Rhymes (Shaft) and an incredible performance from talented newcomer Rob Brown.
Jamal Wallace (Brown) is a talented 16-year-old basketball player in New York City whose secret passion is writing. William Forrester (Connery) is a reclusive Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who never gave the world a second novel. After an accidental meeting, Forrester becomes Jamal's unlikely mentor, providing guidance to help develop the young man's exceptional skills. Soon, Forrester's harsh view of the world begins to change as both men learn lessons from each other about life - and the importance of friendship.
Top customer reviews
The movie is the story of a talented 16-yr old black youngster. Jamal Wallace, living in the Bronx who makes the acquaintance of a reclusive Pulitzer prize-winning author, William Wallace, portrayed by Sean Connery.
Jamal persuades William to mentor him. Jamal learns quickly under William's mentoring --- "too well' in the eyes of his high school writing teacher, who accuses him of plagiarizing the essays he turns in for his classwork.
Performances were strong and believable by Connery (Forrester) and his unlikely yet developing relationship with Rob Brown (Jamal Wallace). Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Pitt, April Grace, Naturi Naughton and Busta Rhymes star in supporting roles and kept it real. F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus and in my opinion plays a similar role as the close to achieving, but never making it, Prof. Crawford. He sees Jamal's talent but seems jealous of potential for the achievement that eluded him.
Here are the layers - is it about achievement? striving? power? race? prejudice? friendship? finding one's soul? the meaning of life? If you don't like any of that, there is the role basketball can play.
The story is more than compelling. Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) is an inner city teenager living in the Bronx with a declared passion for basketball--a secret passion for writing. He makes mediocre grades in school so as not to call attention to his phenomenal writing ability. A boyish prank suddenly thrusts him into the life of William Forrester (Sean Connery), a disgruntled, bitter, reclusive author living in a shabby third-floor apartment. Forrester has published but one novel, half a century ago, a Pulitzer Prize winner. He recognizes Jamal's talent, becomes his mentor. The dialogue between the two characters as they discuss writing is powerful, mesmerizing. As the story unfolds, Jamal proves to be as much of a mentor for William Forrester as the aging author is to his teenage friend. The ending is tender, bittersweet.
F. Murray Abraham is excellent as the snooty Professor Robert Crawford, the film's psuedo-intellectual antagonist, and director Gus Von Sant gives us a story more entertaining than "Good Will Hunting." FINDING FORRESTER is highly recommended.
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