The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 57 mins

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Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". He feels like he has made these devices. However, they do not sell as they are marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tries to figure out how to sell them, his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner is now desperate to find a steady job; he takes on a job as a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices.
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as Christopher
as Linda
as Chris Gardner
as Shoe-Spotting Intern
as Clerk
as Jay Twistle
as Alan Frakesh
as Policeman
as Big Guy Rodney
as Other Young Executive
as Doctor at First Hospital
as Tim Ribbon
as Ferrari Owner
as Chinese Maintenance Worker
as Police Clerk
as Martin Frohm
as Professional Woman
as Indian Grocery Clerk
as Walter Ribbon
as Paul
as Doctor
as Glide Shelter Worker
as Motel Manager
as Businessman
as Tim Brophy
as Mrs. Chu
as Cab Driver


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Foley Artist
Sound Editor
Foley Editor


Art Director
Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Hair Stylist


Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Revealing Mistakes
When little Chris' mother carries him in the bedroom and puts him in bed, he is supposed to be asleep. However, he lifts both of his legs up to avoid the side of the bed.

Revealing Mistakes
When Chris and his son are denied a room at the shelter, a homeless guy hits a parking meter, which wiggles like it is made of rubber.

When Chris is in the cab with Mr. Twistle solving the Rubik's Cube, the cab window behind him has a decal for a local radio station (KMEL) in the interior shots, but not the exterior shots.

When Chris and Christopher are collecting their stuff after being kicked out of the hotel room, Christopher picks up his basketball in a grocery bag. The next time he is seen, he is carrying a garbage bag.

When Chris gets hit by the car, the momentum has him rolling forward. In the next scene, he is rolling to the left in the next lane.

Christopher has a scuffle with the taxi driver, opens the front door, and tries to get his scanner out. When the taxi driver grabs him and tries to pull him out of the taxi, they are suddenly on the car hood (bonnet), and Christopher throws the taxi driver on the hood. In the same shot, the front door is closed again.

When Chris enters Martin Frohm's office after he is summoned, Martin comments on Chris' shirt ("nice shirt"), which is blue. However, when Chris leaves the office his shirt is white.

(at around 1h 40 mins) After Chris and his son are denied a room, Wayne walks along in front of them, towards the camera, in a gray hat and a purple t-shirt.

At the beginning, when Chris and Christopher are walking to daycare, Christopher is carrying a basketball in a plastic grocery bag. In subsequent shots, he is not holding the ball. He receives the same ball as a gift later in the film.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Chris enters the day care center to pick up his son, the cameraman and camera are reflected in the window.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Chris enters the firm for the first time, covered in paint, he turns the corner of cubicles while following the assistant. A crew member in a green shirt, black pullover, and red hat, retreats behind a pillar underneath the stock ticker.

Errors in Geography
In the beginning, a person walks from a subway station while eating UTZ potato chips. UTZ chips are not available on the West Coast.

Factual Mistake
In one scene, the train doors close on Chris Gardner's hand while he is holding a bone scanner. He doesn't let go, and the train departs with the doors partially open. That would never happen in real life; BART trains are designed not to move if the doors of any car are obstructed.

Factual Mistake
When Smith purchases a new lamp for the scanner and is on the bus, he holds it up to the camera and shows it to be a Xenon tube, the sort used for strobe lights and camera flash. Later on after he repairs the scanner and switches it on, it shows as continuously illuminated. This type of lamp is a high speed discharge lamp that can only flash and lighting it continuously would melt it in seconds.

Factual Mistake
When the Gardners leave for the football game in Walter Ribbon's Mercedes, the license plate is for a truck, not a car.

Revealing Mistakes
Chris takes his bone density scanner from the hippie on the bus. As he walks out, if you listen very closely, a woman whispers "is that Will Smith?"

Revealing Mistakes
At the subway, Christopher is sitting on the bench with his legs crossed, showing the soles of his sneakers. They are clean, as if they were brand-new.

Character Error
When Chris visits the doctor who buys his last machine, the abdominal x-ray hanging in the background is upside-down. The pelvis and bladder should be at the bottom, not the top.

Character Error
When the stock broker stops his sports car and gets out, it rolls back, as if the hand brake has not been applied.

When Chris gets into the car after the football game, the bone scanner isn't in his lap. In the next shot, it is sitting on his lap.

When Martin Frohm asks Chris to borrow $5 for the taxi, a red-headed woman in a burgundy jacket walks between the actors and the camera. In the next shot, she walks by again.

When Chris admires the stock broker in the red sports car, the stock broker parks his car several feet behind another car. In the next shot, from across the street, the red sports car is just a few inches behind the other car. In the next shot, back to the original location, it is several feet away.

When Chris chases Hippie Girl in the BART station, he looks from the gate area down to the train platform. Hippie Girl stands next to a BART train with a "#1 Transit System in America" decal just to the left of the door. After he runs down to the platform and bangs on the closed train door, the decal is gone.
The man seen walking on the street past Will and Jaden Smith at the end of the film is the real Chris Gardner, whom the film is based on.

The homeless people who worked as extras received a full day's pay at minimum wage ($8.62/hr) and free catered meals. For some it was the first money they'd made in a while.

Speedcubing champions Tyson Mao and Toby Mao and Lars Petrus were hired to coach Will Smith to solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes.

Based on a true story.

Jaden Smith, who plays Chris Gardner's son, is Will Smith's real-life son. Christopher is Jaden's middle name.

Will Smith wanted Gabriele Muccino to direct this movie after seeing his films The Last Kiss (2001) and Remember Me, My Love (2003).

The "bible" the interns were told to sleep, eat, and live with is the 1934 edition of "Security Analysis" by Benjamin Graham.

Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson on The Simpsons (1989), co-stars in the film as one of Gardner's superiors and requests a donut from Gardener. This is a nod to Casellaneta's animated counterpart who shares a similar taste for donuts.

Mr. Ribbon ask his secretary to call Mr. Ristuccia. This surname is often used by director Gabriele Muccino in his movies.

Throughout the film, period advertisements for Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) can be seen in numerous places (Taxis, Busses, BART stations). PSA was a very popular low-fare airline in California during the period that this film is set in.

Tyson Mao (contestant on Beauty and the Geek (2005)) served as a consultant on this film for the prop department.