The Pursuit of Happiness (1971) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets. When the opportunity presents itself he escapes and is subsequently on the run with his girlfriend. But how long can this situation last?

  • William Popper comes from a well-off family. His family and most of his peers see him as an anti-social crusader. A college dropout in New York City, William's aimless and has no idea what to do with his life. After getting into a fatal car accident in which he accidentally kills an elderly woman, he wants to do the right thing In dealing with this situation, but doesn't like that in order to save himself from prison, he has to put on a mask to satisfy those with authority. However, the more he tries to do the right thing, the more trouble he seems to get into.



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