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Director  Robert Mulligan
Producer  David Susskind
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Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  Dave Grusin, Randy Newman
Language  English
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971 film) movie poster
Writer  Jon Boothe, George L. Sherman, Thomas Rogers
Release date  February 23, 1971 (1971-02-23)
Cast  Michael Sarrazin (William Popper), Barbara Hershey (Jane Kauffman), Arthur Hill (John Popper), Ruth White (Mrs. Popper), E.G. Marshall (Daniel Lawrence), Robert Klein (Melvin Lasher)
Similar movies  Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Maze Runner, The Voyeur, Knock Knock, Straight Outta Compton
Tagline  "I don't want to run anymore..."

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The Pursuit of Happiness is a 1971 American drama film about a student who goes on the run to avoid serving his full prison sentence for vehicular manslaughter. The film was directed by Robert Mulligan. The producer was David Susskind and the associate producer, Alan Shayne. The screenplay was written by Jon Boothe and George L. Sherman.

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Plot

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Disenchanted college student William Popper (Michael Sarrazin) is convicted of vehicular manslaughter for killing a woman with his car. With only a week left on his sentence and the help of his girlfriend, Jane (Barbara Hershey), he escapes to Canada, making both of them wanted fugitives.

Cast

  • Michael Sarrazin as William Popper
  • Barbara Hershey as Jane Kauffman
  • Robert Klein as Melvin Lasher
  • Sada Thompson as Ruth Lawrence
  • Ralph Waite as Detective Cromie
  • Arthur Hill as John Popper
  • E. G. Marshall as Daniel Lawrence
  • Maya Kenin as Mrs. Conroy
  • Rue McClanahan as Mrs. O'Mara
  • Peter White as Terence Lawrence
  • Joseph Attles as Holmes
  • Beulah Garrick as Josephine
  • Ruth White as Mrs. Popper
  • Charles Durning as Guard #2
  • Barnard Hughes as Judge Vogel
  • David Doyle as Senator James J. Moran
  • Gilbert Lewis as George Wilson
  • Albert Henderson as McArdle
  • William Devane as Pilot
  • Reception

    Alan Bacchus of Daily Film Dose said: "Of course it’s 1970, and though it seemed like a liberal film at the time it is completely out to lunch and is Hollywood fantasy of the highest order. It’s a shame because the opening act sets up an interesting intellectual take on the difference between moral idealism and reality. Unfortunately, the film shamelessly separates the pack into liberals good and republicans bad. ... The Pursuit of Happiness constantly rides a teeter-totter of honest realism and complete ineptitude. At one point William breaks out of jail with one week left in his sentence, an act completely out of character, not to mention illogical. Add to this scene another puke-inducing Randy Newman song and it’s more cartooning around. The prison life is ridiculous. Dramatized with quirky characters and fun personalities, it’s a summer camp-like fantasy prison. ... Mulligan also completely destroys the suspense of William’s flight to Canada with barely even a roadblock in his way. Sarrazin is a fine actor and extremely likeable, but his character and his morals are never really challenged, especially when the consequences would be going back to that fun Shawshank prison."

    References

    The Pursuit of Happiness (1971 film) Wikipedia
    The Pursuit of Happiness (1971 film) IMDb The Pursuit of Happiness (1971 film) themoviedb.org


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