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The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)

A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets. When the opportunity presents itself he escapes and is ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Thomas Rogers (book), Jon Boothe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Sada Thompson ... Ruth Lawrence
David Doyle ... James Moran
Barnard Hughes ... Judge Vogel
Peter White ... Terence Lawrence
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... District Attorney Keller
William Devane ... Pilot
Gilbert Lewis ... Convict George Wilson
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Convict McCardle
Ralph Waite ... Detective Cromie
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Storyline

A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets. When the opportunity presents itself he escapes and is subsequently on the run with his girlfriend. But how long can this situation last? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Taglines:

"I don't want to run anymore..."

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity, drug content and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando la felicidad See more »

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Talent Associates See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Gordon was originally announced for a role. See more »

Quotes

William Popper: I have to go into court and play a part in a stupid charade to convince some judge that I'm not really me in order to receive some justice!
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Soundtracks

The Pursuit of Happiness
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Performed by Randy Newman
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Let him go
14 December 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is an offbeat drama;Michael Sarazin is perfectly cast as the lunar poetic young man ,who seems overtaken by events ,as he was in his lifetime performance in "they shoot horses don't they?".Although he's poisoned with protection,we feel how irrational how misfit he is in the world he lives in:the first sequence of the toy boat (model) and the bluesy lazy song by Randy Newman (heard twice) which fits the movie like a glove is revealing as is the sequence we first meet a member of his family ,the straight auntie ,in the apartment which looks like a time capsule of the early seventies:a Mothers of Invention cover ,a Dylan poster...

Even after what he has done,the whole family sides with him (because their bourgeois honor is at stake),but the hero feels an invisible menace ,something in the air in the country he lives in ,something which remains very vague ;A recurrent feature in mulligan's work :something is threatening in the shadow ;see" the spiral road" "the stalking moon" "the other" and even "baby the rain must fall" ;it's certainly not a one -year sentence which scares him ,but perhaps a society he cannot be part of because he is not prepared to accept a compromise,to be the "spit picture of cousin Terrence".


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