Taglines: In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.
Jamal Wallace is an inner-city kid from the Bronx who has an aptness at basketball and a genius at writing. While always a C student, Jamal comes to the attention of a prestigious New York prep school when he scores highly on his standardized tests. While Jamal is given a heavy load at his new school, both he and the school know that the real reason they took him on is for his prowess on the court.
Befriended by fellow student Claire and helped along by Pulitzer-prize winning author and recluse William Forrester, Jamal pursues his dreams both on and off the court while overcoming obstacles placed by his bitter literature teacher. As Jamal is shaped by Forrester, he finds that he is changing the old writer as well, forcing him to confront his past… and his future.
Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. In the film, an African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), is invited to attend a prestigious private high school. By chance, Jamal befriends a reclusive writer, William Forrester (Sean Connery), through whom he refines his talent for writing and comes to terms with his identity. Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Pitt, Glenn Fitzgerald, April Grace and Busta Rhymes star in supporting roles.
Although the film is not based on a true story, film critics have compared the character portrayed by Connery with real life writer J. D. Salinger. Connery later acknowledged that the inspiration for his role was indeed Salinger.
Finding Forrester (2000)
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes, April Grace, Michael Pitt, Michael Nouri, Glenn Fitzgerald, Damany Mathis
Screenplay by: Mike Rich
Production Design by: Jane Musky
Cinematography by: Harris Savides
Film Editing by: Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Costume Design by: Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: Susan Bode, Carolyn ‘Cal’ Loucks, Lynn Tonnessen
Art Direction by: Robert Guerra, Darrell K. Keister
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: December 22, 2000