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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Sean Connery
Robert Brown
F Murray Abraham
Busta Rhymes
Directors
Gus Van Sant
Screenwriters
Mike Rich
Running Time
137 minutes

Finding Forrester
Warm-hearted, if familiar, character piece with Connery impressive as the reclusive writer becoming friend and mentor to a young misguided genius.


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Plot
Writing and basketball scholar Jamal wins a place at a prestigious Manhattan school. When he discovers that bestselling author William Forrester is living in his area, the pair form an unlikely friendship.


Verdict
If Connery doesn’t get an Oscar nomination for this one, then it’ll be one of the biggest awards snubs of the year, for this is the best film he’s done for ages. Although it’s familiar territory, Van Sant gives the material a new spin and the result is off-beat, low-key and guaranteed to lift spirits with its easy charm.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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