Freedom Writers

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Plot

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

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.4/10 (25,064 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director:
Richard LaGravenese

Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey

Storyline
It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers

Cast:

Hilary Swank

Erin Gruwell


Patrick Dempsey

Scott Casey


Scott Glenn

Steve Gruwell


Imelda Staunton

Margaret Campbell


April L. Hernandez

Eva Benitez

(as April Lee Hernandez)


Mario

Andre Bryant


Kristin Herrera

Gloria Munez


Jaclyn Ngan

Sindy


Sergio Montalvo

Alejandro Santiago


Jason Finn

Marcus


Deance Wyatt

Jamal Hill


Vanetta Smith

Brandy Ross


Gabriel Chavarria

Tito


Hunter Parrish

Ben Daniels


Antonio García

Miguel

Taglines:
their story their words



Details

Official Website:
Official site [Spain] |
Paramount Pictures [France] |

Release Date: 5 January 2007

Filming Locations: Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,405,582
(USA)
(7 January 2007)

Gross: $43,090,741
(Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Hilary Swank beat out her co-star in this movie, Imelda Staunton, for the 2005 Oscar for Best Actress.

Goofs:

Continuity:
When the computers are lent to the students to type their diaries, they all know how to type correctly. This isn't consistent with their backgrounds.

Quotes:

Andre:
It's the dumb class cuz. It means you too dumb.

Jamal:
Man, say it to my face cuz.

Andre:
I just did. See what I mean? Dumb?



User Review

Don't listen to the naysayers

Rating:


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.