12 certificateThe Pursuit of Happyness is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Pursuit of Happyness is a 4 star programme

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Directed by
Gabriele Muccino

Heartbreaking drama based on a true story, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith who puts in a brilliant performance

Bone scanners don't sell well. Struggling salesman Chris Gardner (Will Smith) knows it, the doctors he's pitching to know it and his nagging wife knows it. So when the chance to train as a stockbroker comes up, Chris grabs it with both hands. The problem is, there are no guarantees of a job at the end of the training and no money until he gets a job. Add to this a five-year-old boy (Jaden Smith) who needs his dad, and you've got a story with heartbreaking potential.

Italian director Gabriele Muccino crafts a fact-based drama about one man's struggle to live the American Dream without overdoing the sentimentality. Smith lost out to Forest Whitaker at the 2006 Academy Awards, but his performance is still one of the finest of the year. A heart-warming tale of struggle and achievement.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2006

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Will SmithWill Smith...Chris Gardner
Image for Jaden SmithJaden Smith...Christopher
Image for Thandie NewtonThandie Newton...Linda
Brian Howe...Jay Twistle
James Karen...Martin Frohm
Image for Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta...Alan Frakesh
Image for Kurt FullerKurt Fuller...Walter Ribbon
Takayo Fischer...Mrs. Chu
Kevin West...World's Greatest Dad
George Cheung...Chinese Maintenance Worker
David Michael Silverman...Doctor at First Hospital
Domenic Bove...Tim Ribbon
Geoff Callan...Ferrari Owner
Joyful Raven...Hippie Girl
Scott Klace...Tim Brophy