Finding Forrester
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  • Finding Forrester DVD
    Sean Connery at his finest. Every time Mr. Connery is paired with a gifted, less well known actor he seems to bring out the best in both of them and Finding Forrester is no exception. F. Murray Abraham is a delightful antagonist filled with hubris and pride. Anna Paquin turns in a sensitive performance as the romantic interest. All in all a satisfying film that will easily withstand repeated watching....more info
  • great movie
    I am a high school student in thornton co. i thought that the movie was great. it had a good story and never viered off of the main subject. the movie had some real good points and made most of them clear. It showed how some people should stick up for one-an-other in hard or un fair times.
    i would recomend this movie to any one who likes great stories and a different stile of telling them. It kept me watching the whole time so hopfully it does the same for you.

    Enjoy...more info

  • Wonderful movie
    Finding Forrester is a movie about a young, talented, African-American teenager who becomes friends with the most unlikely person. His name is Jamal Wallace, and he is a student in a public school in the Bronx. He loves basketball with great passion, and plays with great skill. He has a secret passion though, which is writing.

    Forrester is a reclusive , rather old white man, who stays in his apartment permanently. He has shunned modern day society, and lives a life of reading and spying with his binoculars and camera.

    Basketball provides the link between Jamal and Forrester. Eyeing the pickup games that Jamal and his friends play, Forrester becomes a mysterious figure in the teenager's eyes. They have heard strange stories about him, such as him murdering someone.

    Jamal's friends dare him to sneak into this reclusive man's apartment. Surreptitiously breaking in at night, Jamal is startled by a scream and runs off, leaving his backpack.

    If you want to learn how this unlikely friendship between them develops, I suggest you watch this movie. It's a very emotional movie, and a movie that inspires. It shows how one young black man's determination and talent brought success. I especially liked this movie because I like basketball, and reading. This movie has something that everyone can relate to. It's also a realistic movie, which is refreshing considering all the movies out. With an all-star cast (Sean Connery, Rob Brown, Anna Paquin) and a great storyline, this movie is sure to delight....more info

  • Hopefulness
    This story makes you want to believe in the goodness of people and believe there is hope for the human race.
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  • Finding Forrester is a real find
    This is a great film where an actor like Sean Connery can display what a great actor he really is. He earned his Best Supporting Oscar for the rough and somewhat burned out Chicago cop in The Untouchables, but it's the type of role he seemed destined to play and not unlike his true nature. In other words, it wasn't that big of a stretch for him although he was terrific in that film. In this film, he acts everything he is not and does so very convincingly. I was so surprised that this film didn't earn him a Best Actor nomination the year it was released.

    Amazon's review here is dead on accurate and so are the many other reviews noted here as well. This is an extraordinary film that deserves a viewing by you. Rent it or buy it, but see it! You will not regret it. The story is very solid, the directoring is sure-footed and unobtrusive, and the acting, especially by both Connery and the unknown Rob Brown, is nothing less than first-rate. F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Star Trek: Insurrection) gives a delightful and memorable cameo in the film....more info
  • educational standpoint
    As a high-school teacher for English foundations, I use this movie as a motivational tool to help prepare them for standarized writing assessments. I strongly recommend using this dvd to support your curriculum to teach on all levels of student learning (auditory, kinesthetic, visual). ...more info
  • Great Film
    What a great picture.
    Sean Conery is a wonderfully talented actor.
    I enjoyed I the movie showed the way race factors can be dealt with and how even the learned can learn from others....more info
  • Finding Forrester
    Got here right when it said it would, which was important because it was a Christmas gift. ...more info
  • It's not about basketball
    This is one of my favorite movies. Don't let the picture on the front fool you. It's about friendship, trust and being a good mentor. You will like this movie I guarantee it....more info
  • Phenomenal Movie
    I was highly impressed with the movie. It came on time and also in superb condition. I had no issues with the company that sent it. Thanks!...more info
  • GREAT MOVIE
    finally a movie that shows the truth about strong proud african american men and the racism of the white man who is jealous of our accomplishments.
    kamal not only confronts and overcomes the oposition from his teacher but eventually saves shawn connery from himself.
    men of color unite!...more info
  • Finding Forrester
    I never get tired of watching this. Sean Connery is brilliant as a reclusive author. Rob Brown debuts as a high school student in the ghetto who is secretly a damn intelligent author in his own right. There's so much in this movie that's about writing and so much that isn't. Many themes I don't feel like spoiling, and you can find another review if you want plot spoilers. The writing is sharp, the language is clever, the characters are brilliantly portrayed, the dialogue is witty and observant, and the plot is surprisingly enjoyable to watch. F. Murray Abraham shines as a teacher I prefer not to emulate, and perhaps he got many of the best lines. This DVD is just perfect. Go get it.

    Oh, and let me talk about piracy. I bought my copy from Amazon. Region One only. China's Region Six. If I find a DVD player in China that will play only Region Six DVDs, then I've just been encouraged by the DVD people in the USA to buy a pirated DVD in China because that's the only way to watch the DVD here. In other words, this regional protection scheme encourages piracy. I hate that. As a retired software pirate who helped bankrupt the Commodore computer company, let me say that protection schemes never work because criminals can always get around them. They only inconvenience law-abiding citizens, which is what I'm trying to be now.
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  • "Dead Poets" plus "Good Will" plus "Karate Kid" equals ...
    ... unfortunately, a mess. I had high hopes for a movie that purported to take writing seriously, a movie with talented actors like Sean Connery and Anna Paquin (with whom newcomer Rob Brown holds his own). And it starts well enough: Jamal Wallace (Brown), a star basketball player whose true, hidden gift is writing, happens to meet William Forrester (Connery), who wrote one Pulitzer Prize-winning novel then disappeared. The two begin an uneasy friendship, and Forrester helps Jamal with his writing, even as Jamal receives a scholarship to a private school and is befriended by the mature, understanding Clare (Paquin). From there, however, the plot implodes with cliches and nonsense--a professor out to get the jock, a writing contest, a bitter teammate, allegations of cheating, the state championship game, the redemption scene, and so on. (Why did Forrester never write another book? The answer is less than satisfactory.)

    Starting with the _______-ing ________ title (both words of course starting with the same letter), the screenplay has the marks of excessive Hollywood handling all over it, and so it lacks the passion of Dead Poets Society, the raw energy of Good Will Hunting, and the excitement of The Karate Kid. I'd recommend watching any of those three before this one. And before that, I'd recommend reading (among others) The Great Gatsby, Cry the Beloved Country, All the Pretty Horses, and To Kill a Mockingbird. (Or reading them again.)

    If you're a hard-core fan of Connery or "feel good" movies, this could be a decent weekend rental. Otherwise, the above-mentioned films and books are much more satisfying. (Some other decent, writing-related movies: The Hours, The Whole Wide World, and Shakespeare in Love.) A disappointing 2-1/2 stars....more info

  • Very good film with a simple plot
    I really enjoyed this movie a lot. There is not a lot of action, special effects or mystery, but there is a good story here. Poor inner city boy with talent gets to meet his hero and a friendship / mentorship developes. What really makes this movie tick is the fine acting and the great character developement. The whole film has a nice pace and a good atmosphere to it. I think the acting is superb and Sean Connery gives his best performance since The Name of the Rose. I had a hunch this would be good....more info
  • Finding Forrester Fantastic
    Really great. Sean Connery plays an agoraphobic recluse-writer a la J.D. Salinger who has been holing up in his seventh-floor apartment in the Bronx and living off the royalties from his sole novel, a Pulitzer Prize-winner. This enables him to have a publisher lackey deliver food, Scotch and other items to his apartment. He is also an avid birdwatcher with binoculars, which he also uses to watch local youths playing basketball in front of their public housing apartment towers.

    One of the kids, Jamal, sneaks into his apartment on a dare from the other guys and leaves behind his backpack, containing the journals in which he has secretly been writing. Connery dumps the backpack
    out of the window, containing his red pencilled teacherly corrections
    ("Constipated writing!") and a mentoring relationship on both sides ensues.

    If you haven't seen this 2000 movie, rent it and I think you'll enjoy it.
    It's rated PG-13 for some bad language and two scenes where Jamal endures
    loud lovemaking sounds from the neighbors through his paper-thin apartment walls, but otherwise a great family movie to watch with older kids.
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  • How I found Finding Forrester
    I wouldn't recommed this film to my friends because they don't have a very wide span of interests but I do think this is a good movie for a parent or adult. I liked this film because it had a lot of truth about their relationships and their image. Jamal(Rob Brown)is a good student in tests but just passes in class. The famous writter William Forrester(Sean Connery)is a goraphobic and doesn't leave his house. Jamal is dared to go into his house and that is how they become friends. I think this is a good story about friendship and showing how friends and family can have a great impact on your life. I think that they did a wonderful job on casting and the new comer (Rob Brown)Jamal was a good choice....more info
  • a great movie
    finding forrester is the movie of the year. It took my perants a while to get me to watch it but once I did I loved it. With a allstar cast of Sean Connery and some other people, this movie is one of the best Ive seen!...more info
  • interesting movies
    This is an excellent movie especially for teenagers it shows them not to give up and also that you can acomplish all...more info
  • a fine, fine flick
    I had never heard of this movie until it was given to me this past Christmas. I was intrigued by the stellar cast, but suspicious of the story as it was described on the jacket - man, was I fooled.
    It was a marvelous experience with superb acting and story line and I particularly enjoyed the music, especially the singing as the ending
    credits rolled by. Don't stop watching until there no more picture....more info
  • Wonderful movie
    Finding Forrester is a movie about a young, talented, African-American teenager who becomes friends with the most unlikely person. His name is Jamal Wallace, and he is a student in a public school in the Bronx. He loves basketball with great passion, and plays with great skill. He has a secret passion though, which is writing.

    Forrester is a reclusive , rather old white man, who stays in his apartment permanently. He has shunned modern day society, and lives a life of reading and spying with his binoculars and camera.

    Basketball provides the link between Jamal and Forrester. Eyeing the pickup games that Jamal and his friends play, Forrester becomes a mysterious figure in the teenager's eyes. They have heard strange stories about him, such as him murdering someone.

    Jamal's friends dare him to sneak into this reclusive man's apartment. Surreptitiously breaking in at night, Jamal is startled by a scream and runs off, leaving his backpack.

    If you want to learn how this unlikely friendship between them develops, I suggest you watch this movie. It's a very emotional movie, and a movie that inspires. It shows how one young black man's determination and talent brought success. I especially liked this movie because I like basketball, and reading. This movie has something that everyone can relate to. It's also a realistic movie, which is refreshing considering all the movies out. With an all-star cast (Sean Connery, Rob Brown, Anna Paquin) and a great storyline, this movie is sure to delight....more info

  • How I found Finding Forrester
    I wouldn't recommed this film to my friends because they don't have a very wide span of interests but I do think this is a good movie for a parent or adult. I liked this film because it had a lot of truth about their relationships and their image. Jamal(Rob Brown)is a good student in tests but just passes in class. The famous writter William Forrester(Sean Connery)is a goraphobic and doesn't leave his house. Jamal is dared to go into his house and that is how they become friends. I think this is a good story about friendship and showing how friends and family can have a great impact on your life. I think that they did a wonderful job on casting and the new comer (Rob Brown)Jamal was a good choice....more info
  • Powerful with real people
    Too many movies today consist of 2 dimentional cartoon characters. Rarely does a film come along that has real humans facing real issues with real depth. I found that in "Good Will Hunting". I have just found it in "Finding Forrester". The characters are not as deep or as compelling as Good Will BUT nonetheless they are better than 99% of what Hollywood puts out. I would highly recommend to those who are not in the mood for shallow characters and over the top special effects.

    Highly recommend....more info
  • Finding Forrester - Truly inspirational!
    In "Finding Forrester" you can find no better story! Finding Forrester is just a wonderful, melodramatic tale that is told from the heart and is quite uplifting. Sean Connery gives a stunning performance as an agoraphobic man devastated by personal loss. Newcomer Rob Brown's performance as an extremely intelligent, but held back by his surroundings youth is nothing less than outstanding and Anna Paquin whose performance is right on with her usual high standards.

    The premise: MINOR SPOILER

    The main character played by Rob Brown is an extraordinarily intelligent sixteen year old living in the South Bronx. As a dare, he is challenged to sneak into "the man in the window's" home and bring something out. Connery scares him out of his home, causing him to leave behind his book bag with all of his stories in it. After critiquing all of his work, Connery drops his book bag down on the street for him to recover. What follows from this point is the development of an unlikely relationship between two people from entirely different worlds. As Connery's character mentors Brown's character in his writing and during the young mans transition from an inner city school to a private school and Brown's character helps to bring Forrester out of his agoraphobic shell. {ssintrepid}...more info

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    i am glad a friend introduced me to this website. its fast and easy, plus the prices are incredible. ...more info
  • A Writer's Nirvana
    As a published novelist, I was immediately drawn into this story. In FINDING FORRESTER I could identify with the two central characters' passion for writing, for telling a story, conveying a fresh point of view, recharging creative batteries. This beautiful film was like a taste of sweet nectar.

    The story is more than compelling. Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) is an inner city teenager living in the Bronx with a declared passion for basketball--a secret passion for writing. He makes mediocre grades in school so as not to call attention to his phenomenal writing ability. A boyish prank suddenly thrusts him into the life of William Forrester (Sean Connery), a disgruntled, bitter, reclusive author living in a shabby third-floor apartment. Forrester has published but one novel, half a century ago, a Pulitzer Prize winner. He recognizes Jamal's talent, becomes his mentor. The dialogue between the two characters as they discuss writing is powerful, mesmerizing. As the story unfolds, Jamal proves to be as much of a mentor for William Forrester as the aging author is to his teenage friend. The ending is tender, bittersweet.

    F. Murray Abraham is excellent as the snooty Professor Robert Crawford, the film's psuedo-intellectual antagonist, and director Gus Von Sant gives us a story more entertaining than "Good Will Hunting." FINDING FORRESTER is highly recommended....more info

  • Excellent, enjoyable -- also manipulative, unsurprising
    I agree with most of the praise AND insults below.

    This is a highly enjoyable film, very well made. Great sets, acting, music. But it's also highly manipulative -- a paint-by-number Hollywood tearjerker, full of cliches, that pushses all the buttons.

    Have you seen the trailer? Then you know EVERYTHING in this film. The trailer told the ENTIRE STORY, including how it ended (so many trailers do that, it seems).

    Here's what you get from the trailer: A black teen genius in the ghetto befriends a reclusive white writer. Writer teaches the teen in return for keeping his secret -- where he's living. Proving his mettle, the teen gets transfered to a rich white school, then he gets stereotyped, and falsely accused of plagiarism by a somewhat racist teacher. Looks like he's done for. But then the white writer gains courage (through the teen's help) to leave his shell, and vindicates the teen genius to much applause. Break out the hankies.

    It was all in the trailer -- the entire film -- all 136 minutes of it.

    This is also one of those films that can't decide on an ending. It "ends" several times. You think, okay, that's it. But new endings keep getting tacked on. Like the director couldn't settle on an ending, and so uses them all, each meriting still more tears.

    I disagree with some of the below remarks that this breaks some stereotypes. The smart black ghetto kid, vicimtized by a racist "system", has been a cliche since the 1960s.

    Still, I enjoyed the film. Like E.T., you know the whole story going in, but it's so well made you still like it.

    PS: There's a MAJOR BLOOPER in this film. The teen is told that if his copying was with Forrester's permission, that that "would be different." NOT! If he had Forrester's permission, if would not be copyright infringement -- it would STILL be plagiarism. Think about it. If you buy a term paper from someone, and hand it in as your own, you have the author's permission -- but it's STILL plagiarism, no?

    I wonder if the filmmaker didn't know this, or did but hoped that the audience would miss it....more info

  • Another great one from Gus Van Sant
    From the director of the Academy Award winning Good Will Hunting comes an unforgettable film of an unlikely friendship. Finding Forrester introduced Rob Brown, a natural on the big screen, and put him with veteran Sean Connery. The two had great chemistry on screen together and it brought a fun reality to the film. Finding Forrester was fantastic. It was one of the best films of the year, in my opinion. I would recommend this to anyone from 15 years old to 50 years old. It is probably not one for the younger kids though. It has pretty heavy language for a PG-13 film. Aside from the continuous language, the PG-13 rating reflects some sexual references. Other than that though, the supporting cast is excellent, with Oscar winners Anna Paquin and F. Murray Abraham. I recommend that all watch this at least once. You won't regret it....more info
  • Finding Forrester
    This story is about a teenage boy named "Jamal Wallace" ,and about a man named "William Forrester".Jamal robbed William. What Jamal didnt know was he was robbing a famous writer who is agorophobic. Jamal left his back pack at his house that night he robbed him and came back to get it and William ordered him to write a 5,000 page essay on why he robbed him.Then after he wrote that essay they started talking and William helped Jamal in his english and Jamal was accepted to this very "smart" school . You have to watch to find out what happened to Jamal and William. I think this movie was excellent and i recomend this movie to every one.Its not a boring movie.Sean Connery playing William Forrester is telling Rob brown playing Jamal Wallace to try things, aim high , be all you can be. Although he is not telling him with words he is showing him the way .Rob Brown playing Jamal Wallace was his first movie to ever play in. I think "Jamal Wallace" was a great influance to "William Forrester" and the other way around because they both helped one another out in life....more info
  • Excellent drama
    Excellent because this film incorporated excellent character development throughout; also because of the incredible inspiration this plot conveys to youngsters about achieving success without benefit of a wealthy family. Sean Connery is like fine wine...improves greatly with age.

    Recommend this film highly, especially to teens and those interested in the pursuit of a career as authors or journalists. ...more info
  • Mysterous Writer and Scholarship Boy
    Those who want high-pitched excitement would not like this story. Those who look for romantic love might also be disappointed. But those of us who prefer to be caught up in a quiet but insistent drama of two unlikely characters will find rewards aplenty. The veteran actor plays WITH the young actor to create a memorable story that touches on racism, snobbish academia, justice of various kinds, and dreams held by young and old. I cannot help thinking of J.D. Salinger as the writer. The best thing about the movie is that it bears repeating and repeating and repeating....more info