Good Will Hunting: My Favorite Scene

The cast and crew of Good Will Hunting on the moments they love the most.

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Will (Matt Damon) rides the Red Line from MIT, where he worked as a janitor, home to Southie. 

Ben Affleck: That’s my favorite shot of the movie. It’s beautiful and raw and real and it embraces this idea that the environment was the thing.

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Will breaks up with Skylar (Minnie Driver) in the Harvard dorms. 

Chris Moore (producer): The pain you see in Will’s face—how he’s not sure that this is the right thing to do, but he’s going to do it because he never lets himself get vulnerable with anybody—I just think it’s a great, great piece.

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Sean (Robin Williams) tells Will, “It’s not your fault” in a therapy session.

Lawrence Bender (producer): The writing is so amazing. My mother, who is a therapist, uses that movie for some of her teenagers. I think it resonates with a lot of younger guys.

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Sean talks to Will about his future while sitting on a bench in the Public Garden.

Robin Williams: Just the idea of that kind of beauty, the experiences that you’ve had, and telling the kid, “Hey listen, if you don’t get out and experience life, you’re not going to have this stuff, you won’t have anything. You’ve got to pull your head out of your ass, literally.”

good will hunting favorite scene

Will sends Chuckie (Ben Affleck) to a job interview in his place.

Patrick Whitesell (agent): It’s the most underrated scene in the movie. It’s spectacular comedy that didn’t get its due.

Missy Stewart (production designer): He’s in the chair with those ridiculous short pants and mixes his metaphors like mad—I just love that scene so much.

 

Also check out ‘Good Will Hunting: An Oral History.’

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  • Scott Spinucci

    How is it possible, I’m the first person to comment on this article section? Firstly, the article is as well done as the movie. I just watched the movie for the first time in many years. It must be difficult to pick one’s favorite scene – they are all great and that’s a rarity as well. This film is pitch perfect for all the reasons that everyone has mentioned. But it all boils down to authenticity and being true to oneself. These are the things my dear friend Lori Allen and I have talked about over the last year a lot. I have seen her soar and do amazing things that have helped her community. And it’s wonderful. I continue to struggle and muddle through and search for meaning and strive to make a difference in an increasingly if not exponentially more complex world. This movie and the article reminds me to simplify. It’s something Lori and I talk about all the time. Simplify and be authentic. Be passionate. Be genuine. I don’t even watch movies anymore but to watch this film on my iPhone on a cold, dark, lonely night, broke and utterly frustrated gives me hope. I sit here and I wonder if any of the projects I’m working on will ever make a difference… If it’s even worth the effort. This article actually makes me think it IS worth the effort. So, I just wanted to thank Boston once again :-), Boston magazine, the author, the writers, producer, director, editor, DP, actors, casting director… Everyone involved for the inspiration. Had you all only just made this one film it would have been enough. The film is raw, real and most importantly authentic. Brilliant! Thank you for being true to yourselves and brightening the path forward.