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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Gambrell
Perry Beasley
Reginald Spivey
Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell)
Stacy Meadows ...
Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.)
Trent Cameron ...
Ed Rivera
Frank, Jamal's Stepfather
James Baker ...
Ron Carothers ...
Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers)
Kaya Coleman ...
Little Kid
Jorge Vargas ...
Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)
Pamela Crawford ...


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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Marilyn Gambrell: They have the power to persevere, and so do you!
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Performed by Christina Aguilera
Written by Christina Aguilera, Rob Hoffman and Heather Holley
Courtesy of RCA
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Great story!
23 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a true story about what education should be like in the United States. It's a story about one teacher who cared enough about the kids to do whatever it took to help these kids get their education and to graduate. This is a story about rising up above the perceived problems and taking charge of your destiny. This is the best movie I've seen in my life! Based upon the real life person Marilyn Gambrell who teaches these children to rise above the problems. She teaches them not only about the subject in school that she is there for, but she also teaches them about respecting each other & themselves. She also gets each one of these kids to graduate! The one kid that was expelled promised to come back next year. Through all of this, she even went up against the faculty when they wanted to ax her program. She went up against them because she believed in the kids that much. She took the worst kids in the district and made them into winners. This true story shows you how anybody can be a winner!

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