Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting

  • R
  • 1997
  • 126 min
  • USA
  • drama, romance

Will Hunting, a genius in mathematics, solves all the difficult mathematical problems. When he faces an emotional crisis, he takes help from psychiatrist Dr Sean Maguire, who helps him recover.

Director: Gus Van Sant

Screenwriters: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.


  • Gus Van Sant
    Gus Van Sant

    Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film...

Main Cast


Producer: Lawrence Bender

Editor: Pietro Scalia

Casting: Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith

Director Of Photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier

Original Music Composer: Danny Elfman

Costume Design: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Executive Producer: Jonathan Gordon, Su Armstrong, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

Production Design: Missy Stewart

Sound: Richard Moore, Patrick Winters, Owen Langevin, Leslie Shatz


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

Genres: drama, romance

Certificate: R

Categories: mathematics, boston massachusetts, genius, friendship, professor, harvard university, child abuse, death of wife, coming of age, psychotherapy, playground, class differences, fear of failure, m.i.t., ambition, friends, janitor, irish, psychologist, university, prodigy


Year: 1997

Runtime: 126 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital


  • Mike Clark (USA Today)

    The headline story from this slice of honestly earned sentiment is Matt Damon, who delivers the year's No. 1 breakthrough performance directly atop his agreeable high-profile turn in John Grisham's The Rainmaker.

  • Roxana Hadadi (

    Good Will Hunting is lyrically directed, efficiently written, side-splittingly funny, quietly devastating. Full Review ...

  • Emanuel Levy (Variety)

    Towering performance by Matt Damon as a troubled working class who needs to address his creative genius elevates this drama way above its therapeutic approach, resulting in a zeitgeist film that may touch chord with young viewers the way The Graduate did.

  • Andrew Sarris (Observer)

    The film works as a character-driven narrative because Mr. Van Sant and his co-screenwriters are not afraid to unlock the psychological mysteries of their five major characters with clear and concise dialogue.