to him is WILL HUNTING, 20, handsome and confident, a soft- so good. WILL. It's walkin' pretty slow at this point. MORGAN. You guys are fuckin' sick. ABOUT THE FILM. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult. GOOD WILL HUNTING(). wriTen by MaT Damon and Ben Affleck directed by Gus Van Sant running:me: min. BASIC SCREENPLAY ANALYSIS.
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Good Will Hunting Script
SEAN indicating a shelf How about the ones on that shelf? Will's eyes flicker up to the shelf for an instant. SEAN What did you think? WILL I'm not here for a fuckin' book report. They're your books, why don't you read 'em? SEAN I did. WILL That must have taken you a long time. SEAN Yeah, it did take me a long time. Sean says this with pride. His determined stare and confident manner catch Will a bit off guard.
Will rises from his chair and goes to the shelf. You spend all this money on beautiful, fancy books-- and they're the wrong fuckin' books. SEAN You think so?
WILL Whatever blows your hair back. Will returns to his chair. SEAN indicating cigarette Guy your age shouldn't smoke so much. Stunt your growth. It really gets in the way of my jazzercizing. Sean does not seem at all affected by Will's attitude. He remains behind the big desk with almost half a smile on his face. Will is aware of Sean's confidence. WILL cont'd Do you lift? WILL Nautilus?
SEAN Free weights. WILL Oh yeah? Me too. What do you bench? SEAN WILL Oh. Will gets up again and moves around his chair to Sean's painting. It is a picture of an old sailboat in a tremendous storm--by no means a masterpiece. Will studies it. WILL cont'd You paint this? Do you paint? SEAN Crayons? WILL This is a real piece of shit. SEAN Tell me what you really think. WILL Poor color composition, lousy use of space.
But that shit doesn't really concern me. SEAN What does? WILL The color here, see how dark it is? It's interesting. SEAN What is? WILL I think you're one step away from cutting your ear off. WILL You ever heard the saying, "any port in a storm? SEAN Maybe what mea-WILL Maybe you were in the middle of a storm, a big fuckin' storm-- the waves were crashing over the bow, the Goddamned mast was about to snap, and you were crying for the harbor.
So you did what you had to do, to get out. Maybe you became a psychologist. SEAN Maybe you should be a patient and sit down. WILL Maybe you married the wrong woman. SEAN Watch your mouth. WILL That's it isn't it? You married the wrong woman. She leave you? Was she bangin' someone else?
Sean is walking slowly towards Will. Will is helpless. SEAN If you ever disrespect my wife again I will end you. WILL Time's up. WILL At ease, gentlemen. Lambeau walks in. Are you okay? A pause, Sean is staring at his painting. SEAN Thursday, four o'clock. Make sure the kid is here. They ad lib teasing one another about England, Ireland, and America. WILL You know, nothing special.
What do you think? Will shakes his head. WILL I have twelve big brothers. WILL Yup, you're lookin' at lucky thirteen. WILL It was great. There was always someone to play with, give you advice. WILL All the time. We all live in Southie.
I live with three of them now. Skylar smiles. WILL We'll do that. Although, if it weren't for the clutter, the place would feel pretty bare. He is deep in thought. Sean is waiting there behind his desk.
He seems different. More calm. Will and Sean stare at each other for a long moment. WILL You again. How the paintin' coming? Sean stands up.
SEAN Come with me. They look out over a small pond, in which a group of schoolchildren on a field trip ride the famous Swan Boats. WILL So what's with this place? You have a swan fetish? Is this something you'd like to talk about? SEAN I was thinking about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. I stayed up half the night thinking about it and then something occured to me and I fell into a deep peaceful sleep and haven't thought about you since.
You know what occurred to me? SEAN You're just a boy. You don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about. WILL Why thank you. You know a lot about him I bet. Life's work, criticisms, political aspirations.
But you couldn't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. And if I asked you about women I'm sure you could give me a syllabus of your personal favorites, and maybe you've been laid a few times too.
But you couldn't tell me how it feels to wake up next to a woman and be truly happy. If I asked you about war you could refer me to a bevy of fictional and non-fictional material, but you've never been in one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap and watched him draw his last breath, looking to you for help. And if I asked you about love I'd get a sonnet, but you've never looked at a woman and been truly vulnerable. Known that someone could kill you with a look.
That someone could rescue you from grief. That God had put an angel on Earth just for you. And you wouldn't know how it felt to be her angel. To have the love be there for her forever. Through anything, through cancer. You wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in a hospital room for two months holding her hand and not leaving because the doctors could see in your eyes that the term "visiting hours" didn't apply to you. And you wouldn't know about real loss, because that only occurs when you lose something you love more than yourself, and you've never dared to love anything that much.
I look at you and I don't see an intelligent confident man, I don't see a peer, and I don't see my equal. I see a boy. Nobody could possibly understand you, right Will? Yet you presume to know so much about me because of a painting you saw. You must know everything about me. You're an orphan, right? Will nods quietly. Personally, I don't care. There's nothing you can tell me that I can't read somewhere else. Unless we talk about your life.
But you won't do that. Maybe you're afraid of what you might say. And walks away. They throw cinderblocks out a window into a pile.
They are filthy. Chuckie sits with the Cadillac fidling, humming to the radio. Morgan and Billy sit in the back, sharing a case of beer. Will is at a pay phone. Will hangs up and runs back to the car, soaked. WILL No one. I didn't have the number. You went all the way out there in the rain and you didn't have the number? WILL No, it was your mother's number. I just ran out of quarters.
Chuckie pulls away from the curb. There is a long moment of silence in response to Morgan's attempt at levity.
Then laughter. Here, have a nickel. Watch what happens. SEAN No smoking. Will puts the cigarettes away. Sean stares at Will and occaisionally at the clock. Sean continues to check the clock on the wall.
Their hour is almost up. He is counting seconds. As the second hand crosses the twelve, Will stands up and walks out, leaving Sean alone. SEAN No, he just sat there and counted the seconds until the session was over. It was pretty impressive, actually. SEAN To show me he doesn't have to talk to me if he doesn't want to. Some kind of staring contest between two kids from the "old neighborhood? After a beat, Will emerges. They get back in [the car].
Chuckie shows Will how to be a man. Will and Chuckie walk back to their table, carrying beers. These girls are a little overdone. Too much make-up, too much hairspray, and too much body for such tight outfits. They pass the table of girls. Chuckie looks at one, ruefully. WILL Why not? Chuckie turns back to one of the girls, calling out: Why didn't you give me none of your twat last night? Will nods, not really into it tonight. There's only so many times you can bang your friend's future wife They get to the table.
Will's heart just isn't in it. WILL I'm takin' off. ALL We're goin' late night. WILL I'm tired. They communicate non-verbally as they collaborate on a problem. After a particularly amusing series of numbers, they share a look and laugh. A long moment passes. Sean casually reclines in his chair, disinterested. Will restlessly looks around the room and then back to Sean. An odd half smile crosses Sean's face. After a moment: And I'm sittin' there and the captain comes on and is like "we'll be cruising at 35, feet," and does his thing, then he puts the mike down but forgets to turn it off.
Then he says "man, all I want right now is a blow-job and a cup of coffee. WILL cont'd I have been laid you know. Sean smiles.
SEAN Yeah? You got a lady now? SEAN How'd it go? WILL Fine. SEAN Well, are you going out again? WILL I don't know. SEAN Why not? WILL Haven't called her. She's different from the other girls I met. We have a really good time. She's smart, beautiful, fun WILL Why? So I can realize she's not so smart. That she's boring. You don't get it. Right now she's perfect, I don't want to ruin that. SEAN And right now you're perfect too. Maybe you don't want to ruin that.
Will says nothing. SEAN cont'd Well, I think that's a great philosophy Will, that way you can go through your entire life without ever having to really know anybody. Sean looks directly at Will, who looks away. SEAN cont'd My wife used to turn the alarm clock off in her sleep. I was late for work all the time because in the middle of the night she'd roll over and turn the damn thing off.
Eventually I got a second clock and put it under my side of the bed, but it got to where she was gettin' to that one too. She was afraid of the dark, so the closet light was on all night. Thing kept me up half the night. Eventually I'd fall asleep, out of sheer exhaustion and not wake up when I was supposed to cause she'd have already gotten to my alarms.
Will smiles, Sean takes a beat. And when I think about her, those are the things I think about most. Little idiosyncrasies that only I knew about. Those made her my wife. And she had the goods on me too. Little things I do out of habit. People call these things imperfections Will.
It's just who we are. And we get to choose who we're going to let into out weird little worlds.
You're not perfect. And let me save you the suspense, this girl you met isn't either. The question is, whether or not you're perfect for each other. You can know everything in the world, but the only way you're findin' that one out is by giving it a shot. You sure won't get the answer from an old fucker like me.
And even if I did know, I wouldn't tell you. You told me every other fuckin' thing. You talk more than any shrink I ever met. Sean laughs. WILL You ever think about gettin' remarried? SEAN My wife's dead. WILL Hence, the word remarried. That way you can go through the rest of your life without having to really know anyone.
SEAN Time's up. Will stands outside while Skylar remains on the threshold. You know, I really was waiting for you to call me. WILL Sorry. I'm sorry.
Give me another crack at it. Let me take you out. I have an "Ochem" lab due tomorrow and it's impossible. I want to go out with you. But look: She holds up her Lab. Will glances at it. WILL Promise? After a beat, he leans over to two students working at a nearby table, borrows a pen and paper and starts writing.
He stops at Skylar's dorm and knocks on the door. He hands her the paper he was working on. It is her O-chem lab. WILL I couldn't wait till tomorrow. WILL Didn't your mother ever tell you not to look a gift horse n the mouth? WILL You're not going into surgery tomorrow are you? WILL Then let's go have some fun. With a smile, she relents. SEAN Really?
How'd the date go? WILL Do you still counsel veterans? SEAN I gave that up when my wife got sick. WILL Is that why you didn't write anything else? SEAN smiles I didn't write anything else 'cause nobody, including most of my colleagues bothered to read the first one.
Your book was good, Sean. SEAN Lon? He got married. He has a kid. I kind of lost touch with him after Nancy got sick. WILL Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you never met your wife? SEAN What? Do I wonder if I'd be better off if I never met my wife? Will starts to clarify his question. SEAN cont'd No, that's okay. It's an important question.
And you can fail, as long as you're trying hard. But there's nothing worse than regret. WILL You don't regret meetin' your wife?
SEAN Why? Because of the pain I feel now? I have regrets Will, but I don't regret a singel day I spent with her. WILL When did you know she was the one? SEAN October 21, Game six of the World Series. Biggest game in Red Sox history, Me and my friends slept out on the sidewalk all night to get tickets. We were sitting in a bar waiting for the game to start and in walks this girl.
What a game that was. Tie game in the bottom of the tenth inning, in steps Carlton Fisk, hit a long fly ball down the left field line. Thirty-five thousand fans on their feet, screamin' at the ball to stay fair. Fisk is runnin' up the baseline, wavin' at the ball like a madman.
It hits the foul pole, home run. Thirty-five thousand people went crazy. And I wasn't one of them. WILL Where were you? SEAN I was havin' a drink with my future wife. SEAN That's right. WILL So wait a minute. The Red Sox haven't won a World Series since nineteen eighteen, you slept out for tickets, games gonna start in twenty minutes, in walks a girl you never seen before, and you give your ticket away? SEAN You should have seen this girl. She lit up the room. That's game six of the World Series!
WILL cont'd And what kind of friends are these? They let you get away with that? What did they say? WILL You're kiddin' me. If I had gone to see that game I'd be in here talkin' abouta girl I saw at a bar twenty years ago. And how I always regretted not goin' over there and talkin' to her. I don't regret the eighteen years we were married. I don't regret givin' up couseling for six years when she got sick.
I don't regret being by her side for the last two years when things got real bad. And I sure as Hell don't regret missing that damn game. Will is impressed. WILL Would have been nice to catch that game though. Will sits at a work-station which projects a proof of his [Will's] onto the chalkboard. Lambeau stands beside the. The image is of a Ramses graph binary tree. The boy is updating, he's strategy stealing This is not new, Gerry! Pekec starts writing lines beside Will's proof on the board.
They turn to Will who places his proof on the projector. The image is cast over their faces.
It reads: As Pekec reads and the realization dawns on him: WILL cont'd It's just simpler this way. Lambeau turns with satisfaction to an understanding Pekec. They are wrapped in a sheet. The pattern grows increasingly complex.
After a beat: WILL 'Cause it's nicer than my place. WILL Exactly. Or your brothers? When do I get to meet them? WILL They don't come over here that much.
WILL Aah, it's kind of a hike. WILL All right, all right. Mark Saul review-saul. His subsequent court-ordered su- pervision by a professor of mathematics and Fields The place of mathematics in general culture, and Medalist Professor Lambeau, played by Stellan particularly in the arts, has varied only a little Skarsgard includes psychological counseling.
This since Plato set the basic tone. He saw mathemat- sets the plot in motion. Luckily, comes to mind: an object or idea that drives the mathematics but not the physical sciences has plot and with which everyone in the film, but not been spared the symbolism of forbidden knowl- the audience, is preoccupied. Will could have those in the works referred to above.
In fact, his in- ematics. The main character, Will the facility. So why mathematics? Indeed, this is among Mark Saul teaches mathematics in the Bronxville, NY, the few comments about mathematics that this film school district.
His e-mail address is MSaul makes with which a mathematical audience will not compuserve. The mathematics referred to ing. Mathematics is referred to constantly, graph theory the reference from Mathematical but in no scene is it presented coherently.
Those gift, it seems, is valuable partly because it is so rare. Will is a tough So the mathematical reader will enjoy stringing street kid. His gift is admired but not envied by his together the bits of proof and calculation that friends. Had he been gifted in sports or rock music, flash on the screen. Likewise, the Boston denizen the plot could not turn on the choice Will has to will have fun trying to discern which actors grew make between his background and his destiny.
Professor fact, most of the film was shot in Toronto, at- Lambeau takes great pains to keep Will out of jail, tracted there by tax breaks and the Canadian dol- to find him a job which uses his talents, and to get lar. You're an orphan, right? Do you think I'd 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 that, because you know what?
I can't learn anything from you I can't read in some fuckin' book. Unless you wanna talk about you, who you are. And I'm fascinated.
I'm in. But you don't wanna do that, do you, sport? You're terrified of what you might say. Professor Valenti, are you calling me again? WILL No one. I forgot the number. You went all the way out there in the rain and you didn't bring the number? You were in there for an hour. SEAN He just sat there counting the seconds until the session was over. Pretty impressive, actually. SEAN t'Prove to me he doesn't have to talk to me if he doesn't want to.
SEAN Yeah, it is. And I can't talk first. I wrote it down. It's--it's simpler this way. TOM Sometimes people get lucky. You're a brilliant man. And I'm sitting there and uh But then he puts the mic down n forgets to turn it off. WILL And so he turns to the co-pilot n he's like, "you know, all I could use right now is a fuckin' blow job and a cup of coffee. N this guy in the back of the plane is like, "Hey, hon, don't forget the coffee!
WILL No, but it's a fuckin' joke. It works better if I tell it in the first person. SEAN Yeah, it does. WILL I have been laid, you know. Good for you. WILL Big time. SEAN Big time, huh? SEAN How'd it go? WILL It was good. SEAN Goin' out again? SEAN Why not? WILL Haven't called her. SEAN Christ, you're an amateur. Don't worry about me, I know what I'm doin'. Yeah, but this girl is like, you know, beautiful. She's smart. She's funny. She's different from most of the girls I've been with.
WILL Why? So I can realize she's not that smart, that she's fuckin' boring? Y'know--I mean SEAN Maybe you're perfect right now. Maybe you don't wanna ruin that. I think that's a super philosophy, Will, that way you can go through your entire life without ever having to really know anybody My wife used to fart when she was nervous. She had all sorts of wonderful idiosyncrasies. You know what?
She used to fart in her sleep. Sorry I shared that with you. One night it was so loud it woke the dog up. She woke up and gone like "oh was that you? I didn't have the heart to tell her Oh God WILL She woke herself up?
SEAN Ye e e e sss Wonderful stuff, you know, little things like that. Ah, but, those are the things I miss the most. The little idiosyncrasies that only I knew about. That's what made her my wife. Oh and she had the goods on me, too, she knew all my little peccadillos. And let me save you the suspense. This girl you met, she isn't perfect either. But the question is: whether or not you're perfect for each other.
That's what intimacy is all about. Now you can know everything in the world, sport, but the only way you're findin' out that one is by givin' it a shot. You certainly won't learn from an old fucker like me. You told me every other fuckin' thing. Jesus Christ. Fuckin' talk more than any shrink I ever seen in my life. You ever think about gettin' remarried? SEAN My wife's dead. WILL Hence the word: remarried. SEAN She's dead. WILL Yeah.. I mean that way you could actually go through the rest of your life without ever really knowing anybody.
SEAN Time's up. WILL Hey. I've been really busy and.. I have I thought you'd call. WILL Yeah, um I'm sorry, you know, I--I blew it. I mean that, you know, it's all right.
WILL eah.. I was wonderin' if uh.. I just, can't right now. I've got to assign the proton spectrum for ibogamine. Although it sounds really really interesting it's actually fantastically boring. WILL Like tomorrow? WILL Okay. WILL Bye. WILL I couldn't wait till tomorrow. WILL I had to sleep with someone in your class. WILL Com'on let's go have some fun. I--I've got to learn this. WILL Well, you're not going into surgery tomorrow, are ya'? WILL Let's go.
Go Misty! Go on run! Look at that. Look there it goes. Misty run. WILL You won. So, did you grow up around here, then? WILL Not far. South Boston. I mean look at you, you're just so happy. Nothin' special. What do you think? That's right. But how many? Go on.
How many? I swear to God. I'm lucky 13 right here. Yeah they're my brothers. WILL Willy? WILL Will. Do you still see all of them? Well, they all live in Southie I--I'm livin' with three of them right now. WILL Yeah, we'll do that. SEAN Oh, so you're the one. WILL Do you still uh SEAN No.. I don't. WILL You ever wonder what your life would be like if you uh.. Wonder if I'd be better off without her? WILL no,no,no, I'm not saying, like, better off. SEAN No. WILL I didn't mean it like that. It's an important question.
Because of the pain I feel now? Well, I got regrets, Will, but I don't regret a single day I spent with her. SEAN October 21st, You know the fuckin' date? SEAN Oh yeah.
Cus' it was game six of the World Series. Biggest game in Red Sox history. WILL Yeah, sure. WILL You got tickets? SEAN Yep. Day of the game. I was sittin' in a bar, waitin' for the game to start, and in walks this girl. Oh it was an amazing game, though. You know, bottom of the 8th Carbo ties it up at a It went to Bottom of the 12th, in stepped Carlton Fisk. Old Pudge.
Steps up to the plate, you know, and he's got that weird stance.
WILL Yeah, yeah. He clocks it. High fly ball down the left field line! Thirty-five thousand people, on their feet, yellin' at the ball, but that's not because of Fisk. He's wavin' at the ball like a madman. Get over! Get OVER! OH, he goes apeshit, and 35, fans, you know, they charge the field, you know? Get out of the way! Get 'em away! WILL I can't fuckin' believe you had tickets to that fuckin' game!
SEAN Yeah! I didn't rush the fuckin' field, I wasn't there. I was in a bar havin' a drink with my future wife. WILL To have a fuckin' drink with some lady you never met? SEAN Yeah, but you shoulda' seen her. She was a stunner. SEAN Oh They had to. WILL W-w-w-what'd you say to them? WILL That's what you said? And they let you get away with that?
They saw in my eyes that I meant it. WILL You're kiddin' me. That's why I'm not talkin' right now about some girl I saw at a bar twenty years ago and how I always regretted not going over and talking to her. I don't regret the six years I had to give up counseling when she got sick. And I don't regret the last years when she got really sick.
And I sure as hell don't regret missin' the damn game. That's regret. WILL Wow I'm extremely tall. WILL You're not that tall. Will I ever play in the NBA? It is decidedly so. Why do we always stay here? WILL Cus' it's nicer than my place.
WILL I know. WILL Oh WILL It's kind of a hike. WILL All right, we'll go. WILL I dunno.. We'll go sometime next week. WILL I'd say it's like in the morning, they're probably up. Men are shameless. If you're not thinking with your wiener, then you're acting directly on its behalf. WILL You bet. And on behalf of my wiener, can I get like an advanced payment? Outlook does not look good. Go back to sleep. Outlook does not--that's the same thing that told you you was gunna play in the NBA.
You'd better start downloading some season tickets. I--I plan to.. I'm tall. I like wearing shorts. Hook hook! Dunk dunk! Maybe I'm all about three points. WILL I'm all about homeruns. Been goin' on a bender? I told you guys, right? Every time we come here he's got another story.
But we all heard this one.
Go ahead. Just say it anyway, go ahead. Thanks a lot. I guess I have the floor, now. Bombed out of his tree, right. Just hammered out of his gourd. Just cracked. And this state trooper, uh.. So, my uncle's fucked, basically. Got him out of the car, try to make him walk the line. He gets out of the car and, you know, pukes on the guy.
Statie's pretty sure he's over the legal limit. So, he's about to throw the cuffs on him and put him in jail. And all of a sudden fifty yards down the road, there's this huge fuckin' boom, right. So, Statie gets real spooked, and he turns around You've heard this story before Some other guy's car had hit a tree.
Okay, there was an accident. Shut up. He told you this story once before, Morgan. Don't move. After a few minutes of--of just lying in his own piss and vomit, my uncle starts wonderin' what he's doing there. Gets up. Gets in his car. And just drives home. Well, the next morning, my uncle's just passed out, and hears this knocking at the door.
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So he goes downstairs, fuckin' pulls the door open. Statie's like, "What the fuck do you mean, 'What? I pulled you over last night is what, and you fuckin' took off. I've been home all night with my kids. I don't know who the fuck you are. Lemme get in your garage. He was so fuckin' hammered he drove the wrong car home. And the best part about it is, the fuckin' state trooper had been so embarrassed, he didn't do anything.
Cus' he'd been drivin' around all night in my uncle's Chevelle lookin' for the house. What the fuck is the point to your story? That's the point. Are you--are you--? MORGAN I'm trying to clarify something probably you're too embarrassed to ask cus' you know it doesn't make any sense. I've got a little story for you. There's an old couple in bed. Mary and Paddy. And they wake up on the morning their..
You're such a good lookin' feller. I love you. I want to give you a little present. Anything your little heart desires, I'm going to give it to ya'. What would you like? Now, in fifty years, there's one thing that's been missing. And uh I would like you to give me a blow job. I would like that. That was the most beautiful, Earth-shatterin' thing ever. Beautiful Mary, I love ya'! Is there anything that I can do for you? I've heard filthier. So, Skylar, thanks for coming by.
You changed my opinion of Harvard people. It was nice to meet you. WILL Take it easy. WILL Slowly back away. WILL I dunno what you're doing. You're giving us a ride. Will's takin' the car! Thanks, Chuck. I appreciate it. You're dropping me off first.That's what you said? And meanwhile he's starvin' 'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they're servin' is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State.
Through cancer. He got away. WILL Oh, all right, so you just wanted to--to use this sailor and then uh.. I went on a date last week.
There's nothing you can tell me that I can't read somewhere else. WILL Oh, come on!