The Pursuit of Happiness (1971 film)

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.

The Pursuit of Happiness
Directed byRobert Mulligan
Produced byDavid Susskind
Written byJon Boothe
George L. Sherman
Thomas Rogers
StarringMichael Sarrazin
Barbara Hershey
Music byDave Grusin
CinematographyDick Kratina
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 23, 1971 (1971-02-23)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.


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