VINTAGE FILM Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

At the VFA, we don’t understand adjacency matrices, but we do have a logarithm that says Good Will Hunting may be the best film of 1997. The first draft of this script was written for a class assignment at Harvard by a young, handsome genius named Matt Damon. He left school early to pursue his dreams in California, but eventually (talk about extra credit), the script sold for $775,000 and won the Oscar for best screenplay. Co-written and co-starring Damon’s best friend Ben Affleck, who deserves an honorary degree for playing, in a major stretch, the one who’s not so bright.

Director: Gus Van Sant

Screenplay by: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgård

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay (won), Actor (Damon), Supporting Actor (Williams - won), Supporting Actress (Driver), BAFTA award for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay (won); Silver Bear for Outstanding Single Achievement (Damon - won)

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