R | | Drama
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
The Ontario Specialty Company, at 133 Church Street in Toronto, Ontario, was the setting for Matt Damon and Minnie Driver's date. The real-life manager of the store, Anna Zejn makes an appearance.
Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
In an early scene Will states that he works as a janitor at MIT because it was part of his probation work placement program. In a later scene Lambeau questions Will accusingly about why he would ever seek out a job at MIT in the first place. This may be a misunderstanding between the characters to demonstrate Lambeau's ignorance towards Will, however it also leaves a lot of open ended questions about whether or not this was a deliberate path that Will chose or a circumstance of fate.
At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William S. Burroughs, both of whom died in 1997.
$272,912 (USA) (5 December 1997)
$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)
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