R | | Drama, Romance
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.
Coupled with Matt Damon being cast as the lead in The Rainmaker (1997), and Robin Williams signing onto the film, had led to it getting fast tracked for production.
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.
When Will is seen driving to Stanford during the closing credits, the sign on a bridge over the highway says "Prospect St., Stockbridge", which points to him being on Rt. 90 west (MassPike). This means Will was taking an 18-mile/1-hour detour through upstate NY and Cleveland, Ohio, as the faster way to go (according to Google Maps) is via Rt. 84 south through Connecticut. However, prior to Google Maps (and indeed even today), most people driving from Boston to San Francisco take the direct route of I-90 to Chicago and then I-80 from there. In spite of Google Maps, due to higher speed limits, Will's route is actually the faster route.
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.
In the television version, Skylar tells a different joke in the bar scene with Will and his "brothers." Instead of the "kiss me" joke, she tells one about a man who is falling from a cliff.
$10,261,471 (USA) (11 January 1998)