Lawrence Bender has to be one of the greatest film producers of our time. He has created wonderful works of art in Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and Good Will Hunting. A lot of these films have won awards because of how good they were produced. In this article, I’m going to be going over Lawrence Bender’s bio, how he got his start in film and also my favorite movie produced by him.
Lawrence Bender grew up in The Bronx, New York City, New York to a Jewish family. Growing up, he was never really all that interested in the arts. In high school, he was interested in becoming a civil engineer. Some of the reasons why were because his grandpa was a civil engineer and that it had good jobs in that field. So, Lawrence Bender enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He graduated in 1979.
After college, Lawrence Bender started to dive into the arts. It was his dream to become a professional dancer but an injury permanently sidelined him. This injury is what lead Bender to his second love, film production.
Even though I have heard that Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds are great films, I haven’t seen either one. However, I did see Good Will Hunting and that was amazing. In the movie, protagonist Will Hunting grows up as an orphan. He doesn’t really have a lot and faces many challenges growing up, abuse being the main one. He works the late shift as a janitor at MIT. One night while on his shift, he solves a very difficult problem that receives notice from faculty and students alike. One night, the professor who wrote the problem in the hallway tracks down Hunting. That professor eventually becomes Hunting’s mentor. He leads Hunting through the challenges he faces in his life with both his girlfriend and with life in general. All in all, I like the movie because of the challenges in it. However, the movie has a good ending when Will Hunting flies out to Stanford to meet his girlfriend, Skylar.