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The Pursuit of Happiness (1971 film)

The Pursuit of Happiness
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Directed by Robert Mulligan
Produced by David Susskind
Written by Jon Boothe
George L. Sherman
Thomas Rogers
Starring Michael Sarrazin
Barbara Hershey
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography Dick Kratina
Editing by Folmar Blangsted
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) February 23, 1971
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Pursuit of Happiness is a 1971 American drama film about a student who goes on the run to avoid serving his full prison sentence for vehicular manslaughter. The film was directed by Robert Mulligan. The producer was David Susskind and the associate producer, Alan Shayne. The screenplay was written by Jon Boothe and George L. Sherman.


Disenchanted college student William Popper (Michael Sarrazin) is convicted of vehicular manslaughter for killing a woman with his car. With only a week left on his sentence and the help of his girlfriend, Jane (Barbara Hershey), he escapes to Canada, making both of them wanted fugitives.


Of the cast of this film, both E.G. Marshall and Arthur Hill were doing TV shows: Marshall did The Bold Ones and Hill was doing Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law. The supporting cast would land TV and movie roles from the 1970s to the mid 90s: they would include Rue McClanahan, Charles Durning, Barnard Hughes, Sada Thompson, David Doyle, Ralph Waite, and Robert Klein.

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  • Internet Movie Database
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