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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  22 August 2005 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Marilyn Gambrell
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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.)
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Jamal
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Darnell
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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 ...
Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers)
Kaya Coleman ...
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Jorge Vargas ...
Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)
Pamela Crawford ...
Grandmother
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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, Gertz faces a crisis to save everything she believes in or lose it all. Written by Anonymous

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Cody: Don't you *ever* talk about my mother!
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An Inspirational movie for all ages
19 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fighting the odds was a very good movie, containing a great cast. Jamie Gertz did a phenomenal job, as well as Ernie Hudson and Sicily. This movie is a must see for not only kids with the same situations as the kids in the movie, but younger kids as well as teens. I felt really liberated as I watched this movie, I felt as if I should reach out to kids with similar situations in my city. Lifetime does not show this movie enough, and they should. Now that I've seen it, I'm going to get some kids at my school to watch it so they can maybe get some courage and see other kids going through what they are going through. So if you haven't seen it, now is the time to see it. It is inspirational, enjoyable, and for all to see.


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