Seven Pounds (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Seven Pounds (2008)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 106,875 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 19 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 123 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $55,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $69,951,824(USA)(25 January 2009)
  • Director: Gabriele Muccino
  • Stars: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson
  • Original Music By: Angelo Milli   
  • Soundtrack: Fantasie in D Minor K.397
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Redemption | Engineer | Imposture | Fraud | Death Of Title Character

Writing Credits By:

  • Grant Nieporte (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Will Smith’s character stays at the Travel Inn in Los Angeles, CA. The same hotel was used in Memento.
  • Woody Harrelson plays Ezra Turner, a meat salesman. He played another meat salesman, Mickey Knox, in Natural Born Killers.
  • Woody Harrelson’s character is named Ezra, which in Hebrew means ‘help’ or ‘assistance’, hinting to the events at the end of the movie.
  • This marks the reunion between director Gabriele Muccino and star/producer Will Smith, two years after The Pursuit of Happyness. The reunion could have happened even earlier as Muccino was under consideration to direct Hancock.
  • In addition to sharing director Gabriele Muccino and star/producer Will Smith, this film and The Pursuit of Happyness have no less than thirty other cast and crew members in common, many of them in key positions (such as casting, editing, costume design, production design, etc…).
  • Will Smith feels that the movie is a modern love story unlike any other, and praised director Gabriele Muccino for being a master of human relationships.
  • The film enabled Will Smith to tackle a subject which has always fascinated him from a different perspective: how do men overcome their traumas? How do they continue to live when everything is going wrong?
  • Director Gabriele Muccino was attracted to the story because it tells of a mysterious personal journey that is, in fact, a true declaration of love. He feels it tells the story of a man consumed by remorse and the pain of having lost a loved one, who finds himself face-to-face with the one thing he expected the least, the opportunity to start again, to live a new life, and that the story is thought-provoking, bold, touching and full of emotion. As such he believes only Will Smith could have been capable of giving the film so much strength.
  • Will Smith and Rosario Dawson had previously co-starred in Men in Black II six years before (or seven, if one goes by filming dates), where they also played each other’s love-interest.
  • For his work on this film, production designer J. Michael Riva drew inspiration from the “beauty” and “lyricism” of the films The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Things of Life.

Goofs: Errors in geography: The 911 operator gives the hotel address as 9212 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. That address is in the middle of Beverly Hills not that far from Rodeo Drive. A seedy motel would hardly be situated there.

Plot: An aerospace engineer with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. Full summary »  »

Story: Haunted by a secret, Ben Thomas looks for redemption by radically transforming the lives of seven people he doesn't know. Once his plan is set, nothing will be able to stop him. At least that's what he thinks. But Ben hadn't planned on falling in love with one of these people and she's the one who will end up transforming him.Written by Happy_Evil_Dude  


Synopsis: Two years prior, Tim Thomas (Will Smith), reading a text message while driving, causes a car crash in which seven people died: six strangers and his fiancee, Sarah Jenson (Robinne Lee).

In a bid for redemption, Tim sets out to save the lives of seven good people. A year after the crash, having quit his job as an aeronautical engineer, Tim donates a lung lobe to his brother, Ben (Michael Ealy), an IRS employee. Six months later he donates part of his liver to a child services worker named Holly (Judyann Elder). After that, he begins searching for more candidates to receive donations. He finds George (Bill Smitrovich), a junior hockey coach, and donates a kidney to him, and donates bone marrow to a young boy named Nicholas (Quintin Kelley).

Two weeks before he dies, he contacts Holly and asks if she knows anyone who deserves help. She suggests Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo), who lives with an abusive boyfriend. Tim moves out of his house and into a local motel, taking with him his pet box jellyfish. He later goes to Connie’s house to speak with her about her problem, but she denies that anything is wrong, and asks him to leave. He sets down his business card, urging her to "think about it", as he is ushered out the door. One night, after being beaten, Connie contacts Tim and he gives her the keys and deed to his beach house, with the stipulation that she never tries to contact him, and never tells anyone how she came to own the house. She takes her two children and moves into their new home.

Having stolen his brother’s credentials, and making himself known by his brother’s name, Ben, he checks out candidates for his two final donations. The first is Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson), a blind meat salesman who plays the piano. Tim calls Ezra Turner and harasses him at work to check if he is quick to anger. Ezra remains calm and Tim decides he is worthy.

He then contacts Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson), a self-employed greeting card printer who has a heart condition and a rare blood type. He spends time with her, weeding her garden and fixing her rare Heidelberg Windmill press. He begins to fall in love with her and decides that as her condition has worsened he needs to make his donation.

Tim’s brother Ben tracks him down at Emily’s house, demanding that Tim return Ben’s IRS credentials. After an interlude with Emily, Tim leaves her sleeping and returns to the motel. He fills the bathtub with ice water to preserve his vital organs, climbs in, and commits suicide by pulling his box jellyfish into the water with him. His friend Dan (Barry Pepper) acts as executor to ensure that his organs are donated to Emily and Ezra. Ezra Turner receives his corneas and Emily receives his heart. Afterward, Emily meets Ezra at his concert at a park, and they begin to talk. Ezra cries, and they hold each other.

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Produced By:

  • Molly Allen known as co-producer
  • Todd Black known as producer
  • David J. Bloomfield known as executive producer (as David Bloomfield)
  • Chrissy Blumenthal known as co-producer
  • Jason Blumenthal known as producer
  • David Crockett known as executive producer
  • James Lassiter known as producer
  • Tracey Nyberg known as associate producer
  • Domenico Procacci known as executive producer
  • Will Smith known as producer
  • Ken Stovitz known as executive producer
  • Steve Tisch known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Will Smith known as Ben
  • Rosario Dawson known as Emily Posa
  • Woody Harrelson known as Ezra
  • Michael Ealy known as Ben Thomas
  • Barry Pepper known as Dan
  • Elpidia Carrillo known as Connie
  • Robinne Lee known as Sarah
  • Joe Nunez known as Larry (Hotel Owner) (as Joseph A. Nuñez)
  • Bill Smitrovich known as George Ristuccia
  • Tim Kelleher known as Stewart Goodman
  • Gina Hecht known as Dr. Briar
  • Andy Milder known as George's Doctor
  • Judyann Elder known as Holly
  • Sarah Jane Morris known as Susan
  • Madison Pettis known as Connie's Daughter
  • Ivan Angulo known as Connie's Son
  • Octavia Spencer known as Kate (Home Health Care Nurse)
  • Cynthia Rube known as Assisted Living Nurse
  • Jack Yang known as Apogee Engineer
  • Quintin Kelley known as Nicholas (Bald Boy)
  • Louisa Kendrick known as Dan's Wife
  • Fiona Hale known as Inez
  • Amanda Carlin known as Neighbor Lady
  • Connor Cruise known as Young Ben
  • David Haines known as Young Ben's Father
  • Casey Morris known as 911 Operator
  • Audrey Wasilewski known as Nurse
  • Sonya Eddy known as Nurse
  • Charlene Amoia known as Woman in Diner
  • Todd Cahoon known as Man in Diner
  • Rich Hutchman known as Elevator Doctor
  • Michael Spellman known as Elevator Doctor
  • Dale Raoul known as St. Matthew's Volunteer
  • Steve Tom known as Bone Marrow Doctor
  • Jora Senane known as Ben's OR Doctor
  • Rob Figueroa known as Ben's OR Doctor (as Robert Figueroa)
  • Kevin Cooney known as Hospital Administrator
  • Nadia Shazana known as Dialysis Nurse
  • Markus Flanagan known as Neurosurgeon
  • Leif Rogers known as ER Doctor
  • Gaspar Uriarte known as Emily's OR Doctor
  • Nichole Ambriz known as OR Nurse
  • Lee von Ernst known as ER Nurse
  • Shae Alderman known as Ben's Brother's Wife (uncredited)
  • Frank Aragon known as Janitor (uncredited)
  • Yeniffer Behrens known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Melissa Bickerton known as Waitress (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
  • Skylan Brooks known as Choir Kid (uncredited)
  • David Burrus known as Ben Brother's Son (uncredited)
  • Lydia A. Butler known as ER Nurse (uncredited)
  • Will C. known as Man in Park (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Campbell known as Guest at Recital (uncredited)
  • Michelle Faraone known as Apogee Engineer (uncredited)
  • Geoffrey Gould known as Social Worker (uncredited)
  • Sam Gros known as ER Doctor / Paramedic (uncredited)
  • Christopher Judd known as Paramedic #2 (uncredited)
  • Aaron Jay Kenny known as Telemarketer (uncredited)
  • Tina King known as PBX Operator (uncredited)
  • J. Kristopher known as Recital Guest (uncredited)
  • Meghan Marshall known as Graduation Kid (uncredited)
  • Ivo Nandi known as LAPD Officer (uncredited)
  • Mark Newsom known as ER Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Bojana Novakovic known as Julie (uncredited)
  • Robert Ochoa known as Choirboy (uncredited)
  • Ryan Ochoa known as Choir Boy (uncredited)
  • Gary Rodriguez known as Connie's Husband (uncredited)
  • Kylee Russell known as Choir Kid (uncredited)
  • V.S. Russell known as PBX Operator (uncredited)
  • Cosby Siringi known as Diner Patron (uncredited)
  • Terrance Thomas known as Choir Kid (uncredited)
  • George F. Watson known as IRS Night Desk Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Jon Morgan Woodward known as Man on the Street (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Pierce Austin known as department head hair stylist
  • Howard Berger known as special makeup effects artist
  • Shutchai Tym Buacharern known as makeup artist
  • Martha Callender known as key makeup artist
  • Leonard Drake known as key hair stylist
  • Connie Grayson known as contact lens technician
  • Myke Michaels known as makeup artist
  • Judy Murdock known as makeup department head
  • Gregory Nicotero known as key special makeup effects supervisor (as Greg Nicotero)
  • Brian Penikas known as makeup artist
  • Justin Stafford known as special hair pieces
  • Alicia M. Tripi known as department head hair stylist: second unit
  • Renee J. Vaca known as key hair stylist
  • Lindsay Vivian known as effects purchasing manager: KNB EFX
  • Kevin Wasner known as special makeup effects artist
  • Natasha Ladek known as wig maker: Woody Harelson (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Russell R. Anderson known as leadman
  • Antonio Andraus known as set dresser
  • Dawn Ascher-Trevino known as art department coordinator (as Dawn Ascher)
  • Doreen Austria known as graphic designer
  • Debra Leilani Bakeman known as construction medic
  • Amanda Bromberg known as set decorating coordinator
  • Liz Chiz known as set decorating buyer
  • Michelle Collier known as art production assistant
  • Brad Curry known as drapery foreman
  • Monica Fedrick known as graphic designer
  • Lee J. Jashinsky known as painter
  • Duff Miller known as assistant property master: second unit
  • Tom Miller known as property master: second unit
  • Hope M. Parrish known as property master
  • Chris Pechin known as storyboard artist
  • Anne Porter known as set designer
  • Chris Samp known as standby painter
  • Jessica Samuelson known as props
  • Scott Schutzki known as set dresser
  • Tim Stadler known as painter
  • Brian Walker known as general foreman
  • Todd Wolcott known as greensman
  • Michael Denering known as lead scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Wendy Riva known as assistant art director (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Overbrook Entertainment
  • Escape Artists

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • International Printing Museum  special thanks
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy film security (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Prologue Films  titles
  • Reel Security  production security
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Falcon (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • ITA Film (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (2009) (Finland) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • K.N.B. Effects Group (special makeup effects) (as KNB EFX Group Inc.)
  • CafeFX (visual effects)
  • The Base Studio (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Wenden K. Baldwin known as visual effects editor: CafeFX
  • Jeff Barnes known as digital executive producer: CafeFX
  • Danny Braet known as visual effects supervisor
  • Christina Castellan known as visual effects animation coordinator: Cafe FX
  • Christine Cram known as digital paint artist
  • Rif Dagher known as research & development
  • Vincent DeLay known as effects animator: Cafe FX
  • Steve Dellerson known as visual effects
  • Del DePierro known as visual effects artist
  • James Dornoff known as visual effects production manager
  • Robert Durnin known as lead render technical director
  • Jordan Freda known as rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Lori Freitag-Hild known as compositor: Main Title
  • Bryan Godwin known as CG supervisor: CafeFX
  • Joni Jacobson known as visual effects executive producer: Cafe FX
  • Simon P. Jones known as lighting lead
  • Brandon Kachel known as matte painter: Cafe FX
  • Dan Knight known as compositor
  • Anthony Kramer known as compositing supervisor: CafeFX
  • C.J. LePage known as render manager: Cafe FX
  • Tran Ma known as model, texture artist: CafeFX
  • Zach Mandt known as visual effects
  • Luke McDonald known as visual effects: Cafefx
  • Joel Román Mendías known as visual effects producer: CafeFX
  • Michael Meyers known as previsualization artist
  • Will Nicholson known as CG supervisor
  • Brian Openshaw known as pipeline engineer
  • Desi Ortiz known as visual effects managing editor: CafeFX
  • Shinichi Rembutsu known as visual effects: CafeFX
  • Ruben Rodas known as paint/roto artist: CafeFX
  • Clancy Silver known as digital compositor: CafeFX
  • Eddie Soria known as roto artist
  • Joseph Spadaro known as character rigging supervisor
  • Scott Steyns known as graphics and animation
  • Jason Thielen known as character animator: CafeFX
  • Nick Waken known as digital effects artist: Cafe FX
  • Aaron D. Wright known as visual effects assistant

Release Date:

  • Canada 19 December 2008
  • USA 19 December 2008
  • Brazil 25 December 2008
  • Singapore 1 January 2009
  • Australia 8 January 2009
  • Germany 8 January 2009
  • Peru 8 January 2009
  • Portugal 8 January 2009
  • Switzerland 8 January 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 9 January 2009
  • Iceland 9 January 2009
  • Italy 9 January 2009
  • Mexico 9 January 2009
  • Belgium 14 January 2009
  • France 14 January 2009
  • Switzerland 14 January 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Netherlands 15 January 2009
  • New Zealand 15 January 2009
  • Russia 15 January 2009
  • Estonia 16 January 2009
  • Ireland 16 January 2009
  • Panama 16 January 2009
  • Spain 16 January 2009
  • UK 16 January 2009
  • Kuwait 29 January 2009
  • Philippines 4 February 2009
  • Hong Kong 5 February 2009
  • Israel 5 February 2009
  • South Korea 5 February 2009
  • Denmark 6 February 2009
  • Finland 6 February 2009
  • Norway 6 February 2009
  • Sweden 6 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 12 February 2009
  • Croatia 19 February 2009
  • Japan 21 February 2009
  • Egypt 25 February 2009
  • Argentina 26 February 2009
  • Greece 26 February 2009
  • Hungary 26 February 2009
  • Lithuania 27 February 2009
  • Slovakia 5 March 2009
  • Czech Republic 12 March 2009
  • Poland 13 March 2009
  • Romania 13 March 2009
  • Turkey 13 March 2009
  • Thailand 19 March 2009

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing content and a scene of sensuality


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