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Freedom Writers (2007)

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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

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It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic Erin Gruwell is just starting her first teaching job, that as freshman and sophomore English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, which, two years earlier, implemented a voluntary integration program. For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate. Despite choosing the school on purpose because of its integration program, Erin is unprepared for the nature of her classroom, whose students live by generations of strict moral codes of protecting their own at all cost. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn't until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£233,382 (UK) (2 March 2007)

Gross:

$36,581,633 (USA) (9 March 2007)
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Early prints were released under the title 'Maggie'. See more »

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The movie is set in the early to mid 90's. At this time Starbucks Coffee had not yet introduced the "Way I See It" cup, and would not do so for at least 7 years, yet Mrs. G is seen holding one when entering the classroom and while drinking her coffee in a few shots See more »

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[while playing the Line Game, in which Erin makes the class reveal that they have more in common than they care to admit]
Erin Gruwell: Who has been to jail or a juvenile hall?
Sindy: Does a refugee camp count?
Erin Gruwell: You decide.
[Sindy stands on the line]
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by Darrius Garrett, Kashaun Johnson, Intan Y. Sebastian, Lou "Buster" Brown and Teak & Dee Underdue
Performed by Darrius "Mista Sniper" Garrett
Produced by Lou "Buster" Brown
Additional Production by Teak & Dee Underdue
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Spirit Booster
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was terrific! Very good! The acting by everyone, especially by Hilary Swank, was great. If you are in the mood for an inspirational film than you should go see this film. It puts you in a really good mood and makes you feel great! 'Freedom Writers' was filled with drama, humor, and more. It was a really nice film and a must see. 'Freedom Writers', has something for everybody. It is a film that people will love no matter what and who they are. A++++++ **** Go see this great film! It will literally set you in a good mood. P.S. It will probably make you cry so bring that special tissue box used for whatever your tears need!


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