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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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Their story. Their world. Their future. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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

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5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Écrire pour exister  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,405,582 (USA) (5 January 2007)

Gross:

$36,581,633 (USA) (9 March 2007)
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Part of the movie was filmed at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. See more »

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When Ms. G is talking about writing Miep Gies instead of writing a report about the diary of Anne Frank, the information on the chalkboard changes 2 or 3 times. See more »

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Gloria: Miss Gruwell, he just took my damn bag!
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Referenced in Cougar Town: Southern Accents (2012) See more »

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A Dream
by Common (as Lonnie Lynn), Will.i.am (as will.i.am) & Martin Luther King (as Martin Luther King,
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Performed by Common featuring Will.i.am (as will.i.am)
Produced by Will.i.am (as will.i.am)
Common performs courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music / Geffin Records
will.i.am performs courtesy of Interscope Records
License for Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpts granted by Intellectual Properties Management,
Atlanta, Georgia, as Exclusive Licensor of the King Estate
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Wow! What a movie! I was in tears most of the time. Very, very intense movie. It was great! I didn't realize it was based on a true story and that made the whole point of the movie even better. I recommend this to everyone. A must see especially if you relate to it in any way shape or form. I think it shines hope on disadvantaged youth and great encouragement to defy all obstacles! Hillary Swank plays a great role in this film and now Im gonna go out and buy the book. My son saw this movie and was also in tears. He realized how blessed he is and how there's no excuse to not finish high school and go on to college! i will be adding these movie to my collection!


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