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Freedom Writers [DVD] [2007]

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (20 out of 20)

    Synopsis


    Freedom Writers
    Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Erin Gruwell's best-seller The Freedom Writer's Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wasn't about to go down without a fight. Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well. Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Hilary Swank
      Hilary Swank - Erin Gruwell
    • Scott Glenn
      Scott Glenn - Steve Gruwell
    • Imelda Staunton
      Imelda Staunton - Margaret Vail
    • Patrick Dempsey
      Patrick Dempsey - Scott Casey
    • Mario
      Mario - Andre



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 20 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than i expected!

      Posted
      chuchu

      This movie kind of reminded me of the old school movie with Michelle Phiffer, Dangerous Minds. I didnt have a clue what the movie was about before I purchased it and really didnt think much of Hillary Swank to begin with, buying the movie while it was on sale. After watching the movie, I really enjoyed it and the acting job by Hillary Swank was absolutely more than accepting by my expectations. The setting of the movie is at a local high school in the 'HOOD' and the storyline is much like Dangerous Minds but little bit more twist and new images across. I really didnt expect much of the movie as I have said before but at the end of the movie believe it or not I did get a bit teary-eye with an unexpected drama and storyline which was GREAT! I give it a 5 stars since this movie caught me off guard and I really enjoyed it and it was worth the buy. If you like a drama with a meaningful storyline and a bit-teary ending, this is the movie for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AMAZiNG MOViE

      Posted
      janie

      I absolutely adore this movie. As soon as I saw it, I pushed it up to the top of my favorite movies list, because it was just so good! It touched your heart but wasn't a chick flick. It also made you think about so many things that you generally don't think about, but are important to think about anyway. I love Freedom Writers and encourage you to go see it so that youcan love it just as much as me!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Its a Great Buy!

      Posted
      wibadger

      Great Movie, opens the audience' eyes to the world of racism, gang violence, and ignorance that we live in today. Emphasizes the importance of looking beyond the race of a person. Hilary Swank does a great job and her character makes some great points. Everyone should see this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Freedom

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      Creed
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      I just had to buy this movie after catching it on cable. To see a teacher believe in her students is heart warming and rare with the dedication that she put into being someone that literally loved her students.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Inspiring Movie

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      earroyo5
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      This is a must own for any teacher or teacher-fan out there. This is such an inspiring movie along with another film called "Stand and Deliver". I would definitely recommend the purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      based on a true story

      Posted
      lonewolf
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      If I could give this a half star more I would. An inspiring movie. Hilary Swank, a new but dedicated teacher, takes a job in poorer school in Long Beach. Special features gives you a little more info.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Movie gets a 7.5 out of 10 from me.

      Posted
      Kaptainkosh

      Pretty much a modern version of Dangerous Minds but still an awesome movie!!! Great performances all around and the soundtrack was great! Hilary rocked the movie and she kept the audience interested throughout.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      EXCELLENT!

      Posted
      JJosie
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      This movie was refreshing to see. I enjoyed seeing how the children were affected by this caring, hard-working teacher. Something we need more of. Loved it!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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