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Poster for Good Will Hunting
  • Directed by

    Gus Van Sant

  • Screenplay by

    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

  • Music Composed by

    Danny Elfman

  • World Premiere

    December 2, 1997 (Westwood, CA)

  • Theatrical Release Date

    December 5, 1997 (limited)
    January 9, 1998 (wide)

  • DVD Release Date

    January 5, 1999 (Region 1 - North America)
    January 22, 2001 (Region 2 - UK)

  • Bluray Release Date

    August 21, 2012 (15th anniversary edition)

  • Production Companies

    Miramax Films, Lawrence Bensen Productions, Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership

  • Distribution Company

    Miramax Films

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Sean Maguire

  • Matt Damon

    Will Hunting

  • Ben Affleck

    Chuckie Sullivan

  • Minnie Driver


  • Stellan Skarsgård

    Gerald Lambeau

  • Casey Affleck

    Morgan O'Mally


Will Hunting is a young genius living a rough life in Boston's south end. While being employed as a janitor at a prestigious college in Boston, he's discovered by a Fields Medal-winning professor who eventually tries to get Will to turn his life around. With the help of counselor Sean Maguire, Will begins to realize that there's more to himself than he ever imagined.


Fun Facts

The last line of the film, "Son of a bitch, you stole my line," was ad-libbed by Robin.


  • Sean

    I thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. I stayed up half the night thinking about it, and then something occurred to me and I fell into a deep, peaceful sleep and haven't thought about you since. You know what occurred to me?

  • Will


  • Sean

    You're just a kid. You don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about.

  • Will

    Why, thank you.

  • Sean

    It's all right. You've never been out of Boston.

  • Will


  • Sean

    If I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written... Michelangelo? You know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the Pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. I've seen that. If I asked you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus of your personal favorites. You may even have been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. If I asked you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right? "Once more into the breach, dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap and watched him gasp his last breath, looking to you for help. If I asked you about love you'd probably quote me a sonnet, but you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes. Feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you, who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel. To have that love for her be there forever. Through anything, through cancer. You wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in a hospital room for two months holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes that the terms visiting hours don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. I look at you and I don't see an intelligent, confident man: I see a cocky, scared-shitless kid. But you're a genius, Will; no one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine. You ripped my fucking life apart. You're an orphan, right? Do you think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally, I don't give a shit about all that, because you know what? I can't learn anything from you I can't read in some fucking book. Unless you wanna talk about you, who you are. Then I'm fascinated. I'm in. But you don't wanna do that, do you, sport? You're terrified about what you might say. Your move, Chief.

  • Will

    What is that?

  • Sean

    This is your file. I have to send it back to the judge for evaluation.

  • Will

    Oh. Hey, you're not gonna fail me, are you? What's it say?

  • Sean

    Wanna read it?

  • Will

    Why? Have you had any, uh, experience with that?

  • Sean

    20 years of counseling. Yeah, I've seen some pretty awful shit.

  • Will

    I mean, have you had any... experience with that?

  • Sean


  • Will


  • Sean

    Yeah, I have.

  • Will

    It sure ain't good.

  • Sean

    My father was an alcoholic. Mean fuckin' drunk. He'd come home hammered, looking to wale on somebody. So I'd provoke him so he wouldn't go after my mother and little brother. Interesting nights were when he wore his rings.

  • Will

    He used to just put a--a wrench, a stick and a belt on the table and just say, "Choose."

  • Sean

    Well, I gotta go with the belt there then.

  • Will

    I used to go with the wrench.

  • Sean

    Why the wrench?

  • Will

    'Cause fuck him, that's why.

  • Sean

    Your foster father?

  • Will

    Yeah. So, uh, what is it, like, "Will has an attachment disorder"? Is it all that stuff? "Fear of abandonment"? Is that why I, uh, broke up with Skylar?

  • Sean

    I didn't know you had.

  • Will

    Yeah, I did.

  • Sean

    You wanna talk about it?

  • Will


  • Sean

    Hey Will, I don't know a lot. You see this? All this shit? It's not your fault.

  • Will


  • Sean

    Look at me, son. It's not your fault.

  • Will

    I know.

  • Sean

    It's not your fault.

  • Will

    I know.

  • Sean

    No, no, you don't. It's not your fault. Hmm?

  • Will

    I know.

  • Sean

    It's not your fault.

  • Will

    All right.

  • Sean

    It's not your fault. It's not your fault.

  • Will

    Don't fuck with me.

  • Sean

    It's not your fault.

  • Will

    Don't fuck with me, all right?! Don't fuck with me, Sean, not you.

  • Sean

    It's not your fault. It's not your fault.

  • Will

    My God. My God, I'm so sorry. My God.

  • Sean

    Fuck them, okay?



Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match.

Filming Info

  • Dates

    April 14, 1997 - June 1997

  • Locations

    Boston, MA
    Cambridge, MA
    Toronto, ON

Shooting in and around Boston took place at the Bow & Arrow Pub, Bunker Hill Community College, Central Tech High School, Dunster House, Harvard Square, East Fifth Street, West Fifth Street, MIT, the Public Garden at Charles and Beacon, South Boston District Municipal Court, The Tasty, and Woody's L Street Tavern.

Shooting in and around Toronto took place at Central Tech High School, Ontario Specialty Company, the University of Toronto, and Upfront Bar & Grill.

International Release Dates

  • Canada

    January 9, 1998

  • Germany

    February 13, 1998 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    February 19, 1998 (wide)

  • Brazil
    Switzerland (German)

    February 20, 1998

  • Finland

    February 21, 1998 (limited)

    February 27, 1998 (wide)

  • Belgium

    February 25, 1998

  • Iceland

    February 27, 1998

  • France

    March 4, 1998

  • Argentina
    Hong Kong

    March 5, 1998

  • Mexico
    South Africa

    March 6, 1998

  • Japan

    March 7, 1998

  • Australia

    March 12, 1998

  • Sweden

    March 13, 1998

  • Philippines

    March 18, 1998

  • Portugal

    March 20, 1998

  • South Korea

    March 21, 1998

  • Norway

    April 3, 1998

  • Poland

    April 17, 1998

  • Malta

    April 29, 1998

  • Turkey

    May 1, 1998

  • Estonia

    July 3, 1998

  • Kuwait

    August 5, 1998

  • Slovakia

    November 5, 1998

  • Czech Republic

    November 12, 1998

  • Hungary

    February 25, 1999

  • Russia

    October 1, 2001 (DVD premiere)

International Titles

  • Czech Republic / Slovakia

    Dobrý Will Hunting

  • Croatia / Slovenia

    Dobri Will Hunting

  • Poland

    Buntownik z wyboru

  • Turkey

    Can dostum

  • Norway

    Den enestående Will Hunting

  • Serbia

    Dobri Vil Hanting

  • Spain

    El indomable Will Hunting

  • Argentina

    En busca del destino

  • Brazil

    Gênio Indomável

  • Germany

    Good Will Hunting - Der gute Will Hunting

  • Canada

    Le destin de Will Hunting (French title)

  • Mexico

    Mente indomable

  • Portugal

    O Bom Rebelde

  • Greece

    O xehoristos Will Hunting

  • Israel

    Sippuro Shel Will Hunting

  • Italy

    Will Hunting - Genio ribelle

DVD Extra Features

  • 11 deleted scenes with audio commentary
  • Production Featurette
  • Academy Award Best Picture Montage
  • Miss Misery Music Video
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Blu-ray (15th anniversary) Extra Features

  • 4-Part Retrospective "Reflecting on a Journey: Good Will Hunting 15 Years Later":
    • The Era of Good Will Hunting
    • Cast and Crew Spotlight
    • Academy Awards®: A Winning Season
    • Life Goes On
  • Matt Damon Remembers Good Will Hunting
  • Audio Commentary by Director Gus Van Sant and Academy Award® Screenwriting Winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
  • 11 deleted scenes with audio commentary
  • Production Featurette
  • Academy Award Best Picture Montage
  • Miss Misery Music Video
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $138,433,435 (USA)
    $87,500,000 (international)
    $225,933,435 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    Limited: $272,912 (7 theaters)

    Wide: $10,261,471 (1,787 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    2,203 theaters

  • In Release

    about 21 weeks


  • Academy Awards

    Won - 1998 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robin)
    Won - 1998 - Best Original Screenplay
    Nom - 1998 - Best Picture
    Nom - 1998 - Best Actor
    Nom - 1998 - Best Director
    Nom - 1998 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Minnie Driver)
    Nom - 1998 - Best Film Editing
    Nom - 1998 - Best Original Dramatic Score
    Nom - 1998 - Best Song

  • Golden Globes

    Won - 1998 - Best Screenplay
    Nom - 1998 - Best Supporting Actor (Robin)
    Nom - 1998 - Best Actor in a Dramatic Picture
    Nom - 1998 - Best Dramatic Picture

  • Berlin Film Festival

    Won - 1998 - Best Single Achievement

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