In 1997, the two young friends  Matt Damon and Ben Affleck definitely got their place in the mainstream Cinema industry, after the premiere of the film “Good Will Hunting”, a drama and romance film created and written by them, and directed by Gus Van Sant, that became a hit.

The film received many Oscar nominations in 1998 for the categories of “Best Actor” (Matt Damon), “Best Movie”, “Best Supporting Actress” for Minnie Driver, “Best Director” for Gus Van Sant, “Best Original Soundtrack”, “Best Original Song”, “Best Original Screenplay “and” Best Supporting Actor “(Robin Williams).

Damon and Affleck won the award for “best original” screenplay and the unforgettable Robin Williams got his statuette for his performance as a sensitive Irish psychologist Sean.


Will (Matt Damon) is a young rebel with passages in the police and works as a cleaner at a Boston university, but ends up proving to be a math whiz by solving a theorem proposed by Professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) to his students. But after getting into trouble he is arrested. By legal determination, he needs to go to therapy and take math classes with Lambeau, but nothing works, as he makes fun of all the analysts until he identifies with one of them, Sean (Robin Williams).


The film features a sensitive and original script that captivates everyone who watches it. The soundtrack works harmoniously to make the audience interact with its characters dramas. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Elfman in his first Oscar nomination which carries a strong Irish influence, who, in the 90s, was tasting the success for the first time. He signed films such as “Men in Black”, “Batman”, “Darkman” and “The Frighteners”.

In Elfman’s score, the Irish whistle represents the city of Boston, known for its large population of Irish immigrants. The main theme, introduced right at the start of the “Main Titles”, is reprised many times throughout the score (in fact, in nearly every track) providing a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.

The soundtrack also includes 6 songs composed by Elliott Smith songs, a North-American rock singer and musician who died in 2003 but left his artistic legacy. He also was nominated for the “Best original song” playing “Miss Misery”, a sad and deep song, which is my favourite song in the film. Elliott provided other songs that had already been recorded at that time, such as “Angeles” and “Between The Bars”, both present in his masterpiece album “Either / Or”, released in 1997.

It also includes “How can you mend a broken heart” by Al Green, “Fisherman’s Blues by Water Boys, and “Boys Better” by Dandy Warhols. After all these years it still sounds as fresh, beautiful and captivating as it did back in 1997. It’s a heart-warming shot of nostalgia.

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