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Finding Forrester [DVD] [2000]


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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)


    Finding Forrester
    In the spirit of his Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant directs this tale of the unlikely bond that develops between an aging, reclusive novelist named Forrester (Sean Connery) -- who hasn't written anything since winning a Pulitzer Prize decades earlier -- and Jamal (Rob Brown), a 16-year-old with a hidden desire to be a writer. When Jamal is cited for his athleticism in basketball by an elite Manhattan prep school, he is forced to adapt to an environment far from his South Bronx upbringing, and a small mishap leads him to the eccentric, uneasy Forrester. After their initial apprehension of each other, they begin to fuel each other's fire for writing, and become unlikely friends despite their ages and backgrounds. Forrester's devotion to Jamal becomes enhanced when he must defend allegations of plagiarism enforced by Professor Crawford (F. Murray Abraham), jeopardizing Jamal's future. The film also features Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes, and Zane Copeland, Jr.. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - William Forrester
    • Rob Brown
      Rob Brown - Jamal Wallace
    • F. Murray Abraham
      F. Murray Abraham - Professor Crawford
    • Anna Paquin
      Anna Paquin - Claire
    • Busta Rhymes
      Busta Rhymes - Terrell

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      What’s the biggest secret you ever kept? Sneaking out past curfew, smoking pot behind the garage? What if this secret wasn’t yours to tell? Do you think that would make it easier or harder to keep? Jamal Wallace (played by Rob Brown) is a basketball player in the Bronx. When we enter the story, he’s recently taken academic assessment tests and, in contrast to his work in class, has scored high enough to gain the attention of the school board. On top of this, it is mentioned that Jamal (Brown) is an exceptional basketball player. One night, after a successful game, he is sharing a meal with friends at a restaurant. They discuss, among other things, a neighborhood resident who is something of an urban legend, referred to simply as “the window” because he never leaves his apartment. A common tradition among the group is for one member to dare another. One of the men dares Jamal to break into “the window’s” apartment and return with something from inside. Jamal enters the apartment and sees a letter opener shaped like a knife but, much to his surprise, “the window” catches him, yelling loudly and inspiring Jamal to flee. Until his mother makes him aware of the fact, he never realized that he left his backpack in the apartment. That’s set aside, briefly, when he meets with an admissions officer from an expensive private school, as a result of his test scores. When his mother says they couldn’t possibly afford the tuition, the school official says that if Jamal were to continue playing basketball with the same skill for his new school, that tuition will not be an issue. In the time since, Jamal’s backpack was unceremoniously dropped from “the window’s” apartment and the notebooks inside, all containing creative writing of Jamal’s, now with editorial comments written with a red pen. Jamal approaches the apartment, this time using the front door, and asks “the window” if he would read more of his writing. I truly love this movie. Brown as Jamal Wallace is a character you cannot help but like, despite his momentary foray into delinquency. “The Window” who is later identified as a renowned author who became a recluse decades before we’re introduced to him. “The Window”, played by Sean Connery, is a very sympathetic character and, as he takes on the role of mentor to Brown’s character, the audience is given the opportunity to see it change both of their lives for the better. Until recently, I hadn’t watched this film for some time. Since watching it again, I have no idea why it took me this long. You should see this movie as soon as you can.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A beautiful depiction of friendship.

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I can't imagine anyone but Sean Connery and then-newcomer Rob Brown embodying the characters of William Forrester and Jamal Wallace respectively. Their performances combined with strong writing and Gus Van Sant's direction culminate into an excellent film. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this Movie!


      I really enjoyed this movie and I watch it probably once every six months if not more! Sean Connery is awesome in this movie and I think if you are a sports/movie fan this is a movie for you. It's up there with the likes of GoodWillHunting and Rudy. Buy this movie - you wont be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie


      This is a fantastic movie with sensational acting and a fantastic story line. This is definately Sean Connery at his best. The only thing that could have been better is the extras on the DVD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I Really Enjoyed This Movie!


      I thought both Sean Connery and Rob Brown were excellent in this movie. And the story was very original. I would like to see more movies like this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Buy


      This one of the best movies the I ever seen. They was good performance all around. I show try friendship.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      This is a fantastic movie. Two great actors, an experienced and a new, going head to head. A must see!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best of all time

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My favorite movie of all time on Blu Ray now awesome!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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