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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)

Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of ... See full summary »

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Perry Beasley
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Reginald Spivey
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Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell)
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Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.)
Trent Cameron ...
Jamal
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Ed Rivera
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Valerie
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Frank, Jamal's Stepfather
James Baker ...
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Ron Carothers ...
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Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)
Pamela Crawford ...
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Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their own lives and not expect the same thing to happen as it did to their parents. To the surprise of everyone, the program works, but the administration warns the duo that it will not last unless every senior student is able to pass his or her final exams and graduate with the class. As the end of the school year approaches, Gambrell faces a crisis to save everything she believes in or lose it all.

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22 August 2005 (USA)  »

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No More Victims  »

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Cody: Don't you *ever* talk about my mother!
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Cody: Ever!
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Soar
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Written by Christina Aguilera, Rob Hoffman and Heather Holley
Courtesy of RCA
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28 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is good. Strong script and well acted. Must see especially if you liked Dangerous Minds. Marilyn Gambrell is an inspiration and strives to make a difference in the community she comes from. Gambrell a former parole officer, and a former co worker, gets involved with the students from Smiley High School. Gambrell a white female, is seen as an outsider and has to earn the respect of the students. Her main focus is on children of parent or parents whom are in jail. She is hoping to break the chain, so future children will not end up in prison. She strives to show each child they are loved and no longer victims. She has started a foundation, No More Victims. Emotional scenes in this movie were portrayed very well. I highly recommend.


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