I heard that there was a history behind the movie 'Pursuit of Happyness', as this was the dream project of Will Smith.

I loved that movie and want to know the story. Can anyone help me find it?

  • do you want the story of the movie or history? Feb 14, 2012 at 11:06
  • I want to have some story about the that time condition of Will Smith when he made the movie. I don't want to know about Chris Gardner, it's available in wikipedia already.
    – noob
    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:30
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    ask your question more specific buddy!! Feb 14, 2012 at 11:36
  • Can you list where you 'heard' this information from? Can you elaborate on your question at all?
    – Tablemaker
    Feb 14, 2012 at 13:10
  • Well, I heard that from my teacher when there was a movie-review session at our college. I just wanted to confirm if there was any story at all behind this. sorry I wasn't so specific, I thought it'd be obvious.
    – noob
    Feb 14, 2012 at 17:15

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The Pursuit of Happyness is actually based on the auto biography of Chris Gardner. However the story of the movie is slightly different from the biography.

Here is the few differences between the story of the movie and the biography:

  • The Dean Witter internship wasn't unsalaried, but had a $1,000/mo. stipend.

  • The internship lasted 10 months, not 6.
    Chris Jr. was 18 months old, not preschool aged, when his mother left him with his father.

  • They were not rejected from a women's shelter; Glide Memorial, where they stayed in the movie and in real life, was a single mothers' shelter at the time.

  • He did not have to work short hours; in fact he started early and stayed late.

  • He was a bone scanner salesman, but not self-invested; he quit the job before taking the internship.

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