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Freedom Writers (5-Jan-2007)

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Writer: Richard LaGravenese

Based on a book: The Freedom Writers Diary by (many individuals)

Keywords: Drama

A newly-minted English teacher at an urban high school inspires her students to apply themselves in their classroom and the outside world.

Erin Gruwell is a young English teacher starting work at Long Beach's Woodrow Wilson High School in 1994, a school beset by academic difficulties and racial tensions ever since agreeing to take part in a student integration program two years earlier. Faced with the challenge of a lifetime in the form of the school's hostile student body, Erin steps outside the curriculum to assign her class a journal intended to hold their day-to-day thoughts and feelings, working to inspire her troubled pupils to make something of themselves in high school and beyond despite a lack of education funding and unsympathetic colleagues.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Pat Carroll
5-May-1927   Make Room for Daddy
Patrick Dempsey
13-Jan-1966   Dr. McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy
Scott Glenn
26-Jan-1941   The Silence of the Lambs
John Benjamin Hickey
25-Jun-1963   Philip Stoddard on It's All Relative
Hunter Parrish
13-May-1987   Silas Botwin on Weeds
Imelda Staunton
9-Jan-1956   Vera Drake
Hilary Swank
30-Jul-1974   Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry


Review by Francine Kaminski (posted on 19-May-2007)

Hilary Swank obviously stands in the light of Maureen O'hara, Yvonne DeCarlo, and not to forget, Kathrine Hepburn. Swank is believeable because she lives and breaths the part she is playing. Giving people hope with an "Amer-I-Can" positive attitude. We need more Swanks and movies like this to give our citizens hope and feeling of oneness.

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