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Freedom Writers (2007)

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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.

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Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Freedom Writers (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Erin Gruwell
Patrick Dempsey ... Scott Casey
Scott Glenn ... Steve Gruwell
Imelda Staunton ... Margaret Campbell
April Hernandez Castillo ... Eva Benitez (as April Lee Hernandez)
Mario ... Andre Bryant
Kristin Herrera ... Gloria Munez
Jaclyn Ngan ... Sindy
Sergio Montalvo Sergio Montalvo ... Alejandro Santiago
Jason Finn ... Marcus
Deance Wyatt ... Jamal Hill
Vanetta Smith ... Brandy Ross
Gabriel Chavarria ... Tito
Hunter Parrish ... Ben Daniels
Antonio García Antonio García ... Miguel
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Storyline

It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic Erin Gruwell is just starting her first teaching job, that as freshman and sophomore English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, which, two years earlier, implemented a voluntary integration program. For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate. Despite choosing the school on purpose because of its integration program, Erin is unprepared for the nature of her classroom, whose students live by generations of strict moral codes of protecting their own at all cost. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn't until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freedom Writers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,405,582, 7 January 2007

Gross USA:

$36,605,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,095,175
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The woman who portrays Miep Gies in the film, Pat Carroll, also voiced Ursula in The Little Mermaid (1989). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, the class meets at a park with a lighthouse. This is Shoreline Aquatic Park in downtown Long Beach. In 1994-1995, this park had not been constructed yet. See more »

Quotes

Erin Gruwell: Does anyone know Homer's the Odyssey?
Andre: I know Homer the Simpson.
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A Dream
by Common (as Lonnie Lynn), Will.i.am (as will.i.am) & Martin Luther King (as Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Performed by Common featuring Will.i.am (as will.i.am)
Produced by Will.i.am (as will.i.am)
Common performs courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music / Geffin Records
will.i.am performs courtesy of Interscope Records
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Don't listen to the naysayers
5 January 2007 | by bandislife-1See all my reviews

I read the message boards before seeing the movie and wasn't really that excited to go see it. Yes, the general storyline has been done before...

I'm a male teenager and this movie made me cry. I can't remember the last time a movie made me cry... in fact, I don't think I have (teary-eyed doesn't count). Freedom Writers moved me.

It was so much better than I expected. All I can say is that it is definitely worth at least a matinée viewing.

The movie reminded me that all of America isn't like white middle-class suburbia, of which I am a part. Regardless of how many times the same movie has been done before, the white middle-class can use as many reminders as possible that education is not that easy to obtain everywhere. Even in America, opportunity is not equal, and I think it's important for people to see that.

Don't judge the movie without seeing it.


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