Lawrence Bender is one of the greatest film producers of our time. He has created magnificent works like Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, and Pulp Fiction. He has highlighted problems in the world through his film An Inconvenient Truth, a film that really dives deep into global warming. However, Bender hasn’t always been into film or arts in general. In this article, we’re going to be breaking down Lawrence Bender’s childhood, how he got into the arts, and my favorite films produced by him.
Lawrence Bender was born and raised in The Bronx, New York City, New York to a Jewish family. While in high school, Lawrence Bender wanted to be a civil engineer. He wanted to because his grandfather was a civil engineer and because there were good jobs in that field. After graduating high school, Bender enrolled at the Universiy of Maine. He graduated in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering.
Bender started to become more familiar with the arts in college. He delved into dance and wanted to become a professional dancer once he graduated from college. Unfortunately, an injury permanently sidelined him which then lead him to the film industry.
Even though I have not personally seen Inglorious Basterds or Pulp Fiction, I have seen Good Will Hunting. Good Will Hunting is by far my most favorite movie produced by Bender. In the movie, protagonist Will Hunting is raised in an abusive orphanage. He doesn’t really have much growing up except his close brother. He works as a janitor on the late shift at MIT. One night, he solves a difficult problem in the hallway that astounds both the faculty and the students. One night, the professor who wrote the problem tracks down Hunting. Long story short, they form a relationship and the professor becomes his mentor. His mentor, Sean Maguire, leads him through many challenges that are presented in Hunting’s life. Overall, I love the movie because of the great plot that Bender creates.
An Inconvenient Truth is another film I really enjoyed. In it, Al Gore explains the effects of global warming and how humans are accelerating it. Overall, it highlights a very important and real issue that we have in the world today.