Movie House Memories

Finding Forrester (2000)

Episode #132

Columbia Pictures Corporation released Finding Forrester to theaters on December 22, 2000. Gus Van Sant directed the film which starred Sean Connery, Rob Brown, and F. Murray Abraham.

‘Finding Forrester’ Movie Summary

Finding Forrester is the Nicholl Award-winning screenplay by Mike Rich. Set in the Projects in the Bronx, New York, Jamal is a black 16-year-old son of a single mother who hangs with his boys, plays hoops on the city playground, and happens to write miraculous works of literary art in his tiny notebooks for nobody to read but himself.

Jamal has taken some tests at school where he is a C student, but his test scores show much potential. Overlooking the young men playing hoops from stories up in an old building is “The Window”: a mysterious old geezer the boys think is anywhere between a demented Mr. Rogers and Charles Manson’s evil twin (if you ask the boys).

One day, the boys dare Jamal to sneak into “The Window”’s house, and bring back proof he was there. Jamal does exactly that but leaves his backpack behind accidentally, including his precious notebooks of writing. A few days pass, and the backpack is thrown down to Jamal as he walks by.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Finding Forrester to theaters on December 22, 2000. Gus Van Sant directed the film which starred Sean Connery, Rob Brown, and F. Murray Abraham.

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    1. I remember watching Barton Fink when it came out on VHS and it was very good in a claustrophobic way. Adaptation is a good movie too but Cage can get on my nerves sometimes. A silly movie about screenwriting is Just Write w Jeremy Piven. It won’t win any awards, or even really that great of a movie, but one sequence that is a must-see for any aspiring screenwriter is the montage about 2/3 through where he sits down to write the script to the song, “Change” by Life In General. Makes me want to sit down and write every time. :)

  1. this is the 2nd podcast where Patrick went off on an tangent on Elephant, surprised he hasn’t scheduled a podcast for it yet:)

    1. I really like films that catch me off guard, and Elephant was just one of those films. Although I love the film, it wouldn’t make my top 100 list so it is out of Movie House Memories contention. It was on the schedule for the old Film House Hustlers podcast for awhile, but that Chris stopped that show and we never got around to it. Maybe some day on Movie House Concessions. I keep hoping for a Criterion, but I am sure there is little chance of that.

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