New York Film Locations

Finding Forrester (2000)

Last Updated: Aug 2011

Jamal Wallace is an inner-city kid from the Bronx who has an aptness at basketball and a genius at writing. While always a C student, Jamal comes to the attention of a prestigious New York prep school when he scores highly on his standardized tests. While Jamal is given a heavy load at his new school, both he and the school know that the real reason they took him on is for his prowess on the court. Befriended by fellow student Claire and helped along by Pulitzer-prize winning author and recluse William Forrester (Sean Connery), Jamal pursues his dreams both on and off the court while overcoming obstacles placed by his bitter literature teacher. As Jamal is shaped by Forrester, he finds that he is changing the old writer as well, forcing him to confront his past...and his future.

otsoNY Comments: Although the apartment building was situated in the Bronx, it was only used for exterior shots. All interior shots were done in Toronto, Canada.

Forrester's Apartment, 299 Park Avenue and 158th Street, South Bronx.


Red Rose Diner, 275 West 144th Street and 8th Avenue, Harlem.


otsoNY Comments: The scenes in the Mailor-Callow School were actually filmed at Regis High School in Manhattan, an all-scholarship high school on the upper east side. The Italian Cultural Institute at 686 Park Avenue was used for the exterior shots of the school.

Mailor-Callow School, 686 Park Avenue and East 68th Street, Manhattan.


Park Avenue and East 68th Street, Manhattan.



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