Forrester - Found!

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German title Forrester - Found!
Original title Finding Forrester
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Country of production United Kingdom ,
United States
original language English
Publishing year 2000
length 136 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Gus Van Sant
script Mike Rich
production Sean Connery ,
Jonathan King ,
Laurence Mark ,
Rhonda Tollefson ,
Dany Wolf
music Bill Brown
camera Harris Savides
cut Valdís Óskarsdóttir

Forrester - Found! (Original title: Finding Forrester ) is a British - American drama from 2000 about a 16-year-old African American who finds a mentor for his extraordinary literary skills in a reclusive and bitter world-class author.


The gifted African American student Jamal Wallace lives in the Bronx and attends a public school until a private school finds him after a state test. During this time he met the reclusive William Forrester. Decades earlier he wrote one of the most important novels of the 20th century, but has not published another book since then.

Wallace and Forrester become friends. The writer helps the student develop his literary talent. Jamal writes texts for exercise, taking the title and first paragraph from Forrester's texts. Jamal submits such a text to a school writing competition. It turns out, however, that Forrester's original text was published decades ago, and Wallace is accused of plagiarism by the envious Professor Crawford . Only permission from the upstream writer could save him from suspension, but he'd have to break his promise not to tell anyone about Forrester.

Jamal keeps his promise. Although Forrester has not left his apartment in years, he shows up at school, surprisingly even for Jamal, to clarify the matter himself. Forrester reads a piece of text as if it were his. The text met with great applause and Forrester now explains that Wallace wrote it and submits it to the competition for him, against Crawford's protests.

Forrester, encouraged by Wallace for new adventures, goes to his old homeland, Scotland . A year later, with the news of Forrester's death from cancer, Wallace received the manuscript of his second novel with a request to write the foreword.


This film was very important to the literature enthusiast Connery. He was also present as a co-producer at the 2001 Berlinale . The figure of William Forrester is based on the American writer JD Salinger .

In this film, Sean Connery meets his old film adversary F. Murray Abraham from the Umberto Eco film adaptation The Name of the Rose . Jamal's brother, budding musician Terrell Wallace, is portrayed by US hip-hop star Busta Rhymes . Matt Damon makes a brief appearance as a lawyer towards the end of the film.


  • Der Spiegel (9/2001) described the film as a copy of the film Good Will Hunting , which was also made by Gus Van Sant .
  • The Cinema (3/2001) described the film as atmospheric .
  • Der Stern (10/2001) praised the cast of the roles as brilliant , but criticized the length of the film.
  • In Rolling Stone magazine (20 December 2000) called Peter Travers film as amusing and touching ( funny and touching ).


Sean Connery was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in 2001.

Rob Brown won the Young Artist Award and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award ; he was nominated for the Black Reel Award .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Oliver Hüttmann: "Forrester - Found!": Big city fairy tale in an ivory tower. In: Spiegel Online . February 28, 2001, accessed December 31, 2016 .