If you asked me to name one film that could make you shed pity tears, sad tears and happy tears all at the same time, I’d name Gabriele Muccino’s The Pursuit of Happyness. The 2006 film is based on the true experiences of Chris Gardner, who struggled with homelessness and destitution before securing a job as a stockbroker.
The brilliance of this film lies in the earnest performances by Will Smith and his then 8-year-old son Jaden Smith. Will plays the broke but proud single father, determined to give his son a loving and comfortable home that he never had for himself.
Now a motivational speaker, Gardner shared this image of him with director Muccino and the lead actor, Will Smith, to mark ten years of this film.
This incredible but true rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration for many for the last decade, and we celebrate its message of hope and persistence with 7 simple, yet memorable quotes: