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Finding Forrester [VHS] [2001]

4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews



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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Mike Rich
  • Producers: Sean Connery, Dany Wolf, Jonathan King, Laurence Mark, Rhonda Tollefson
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 7 April 2003
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005T5YQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Talented basketball player Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) has dreams of becoming a successful writer, and finds help in the form of William Forrester (Sean Connery), a reclusive novelist who lives in his neighbourhood. The pair meet when Jamal breaks into Forrester's flat, but a warm student-teacher bond soon develops between them, with Forrester helping Jamal improve his writing and Jamal helping Forrester overcome his reclusiveness. However, when Jamal rewrites a piece of his new friend's work for a school assignment, his vindictive professor Robert Crawford (F. Murray Abraham) accuses him of plagiarism, a charge which could seriously effect his school career.

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Finding Forrester is a very accomplished example of the sentimental melodrama that Gus Von Sant has made his own--issues like integrity and snobbery are presented with just enough simplification to the set pieces that no-one feels challenged. Brilliant baseball player Jamal gets the chance to move from a sink school in the Bronx to a private academy where his real intellectual and artistic talent will be nurtured along with his sporting skills. This is an American film about class and race, but one that makes the real issue Jamal's unsuspecting need to defend himself against accusations of plagiarism. His artistic mentor is a reclusive novelist, whose whereabouts he keeps secret even when he stands to lose everything. Rob Brown is extraordinary as the boy, conveying the sensitivity, genius, obstinacy and physicality of a character written as a paragon; Sean Connery turns in a predictably fine performance as Forrester, using his authority to make the part credible; F Murray Abrahams is, as always, an effective villain--he brings an observed creepy snobbery to the film; Anna Paquin makes a good impression in the minor part of Jamal's white schoolfellow and supporter.

On the DVD: The disc includes two powerful deleted scenes of school choirs, a "making-of" documentary and a short film about the auditions process which found Rob Brown. It has fine sound--Dolby Digital 5.1--that brings out the film's jazz score perfectly. The anamorphic 2.35:1 aspect ratio, enhanced for 16:9 TVs, looks just fine. --Roz Kaveny --This text refers to the DVD edition.


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