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Writers (WGA):
Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 January 2007 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
our story. our words. See more »
Plot:
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Hilary Swank ... Erin Gruwell

Patrick Dempsey ... Scott Casey

Scott Glenn ... Steve Gruwell

Imelda Staunton ... Margaret Campbell

April L. Hernandez ... Eva Benitez (as April Lee Hernandez)

Mario ... Andre Bryant

Kristin Herrera ... Gloria Munez
Jaclyn Ngan ... Sindy
Sergio Montalvo ... Alejandro Santiago
Jason Finn ... Marcus

Deance Wyatt ... Jamal Hill

Vanetta Smith ... Brandy Ross

Gabriel Chavarria ... Tito

Hunter Parrish ... Ben Daniels
Antonio García ... Miguel

Giovonnie Samuels ... Victoria

John Benjamin Hickey ... Brian Gelford

Robert Wisdom ... Dr. Carl Cohn

Pat Carroll ... Miep Gies

Will Morales ... Paco
Armand Jones ... Grant Rice

Ricardo Molina ... Eva's Father

Angela Alvarado ... Eva's Mother

Anh Tuan Nguyen ... Sindy's Boyfriend (as Anh Nguyen)

Katie Soo ... Sindy's Friend

Liisa Cohen ... Brandy's Mother
Brian Bennett ... Brandy's Father
Horace Hall ... Himself (as Mr. Horace Hall)

Tim Halligan ... Principal Banning

Lisa Banes ... Karin Polachek

Giselle Bonilla ... Young Eva
Earl Williams ... Young Marcus
Blake Hightower ... Clive

Angela Sargeant ... Marcus' Mother
Robin Skye ... PTA Mom

Chil Kong ... Store Owner
Juan Garcia ... Defense Attorney

Larry Cahn ... Prosecutor
Sharaud Moore ... Hall Monitor
Abel Soto ... Gang Member

Dan Warner ... Cop #1
Randy Hall ... Cop #2

Carl Paoli ... Cop #3

Dominic Daniel ... Drug Dealer

Cody Chappel ... Bookstore Clerk
DJ Motiv8 ... DJ
Renee Firestone ... Herself - The Holocaust Survivor
Eddie Ilam ... Himself - The Holocaust Survivor
Elisabeth Mann ... Herself - The Holocaust Survivor
Gloria Ungar ... Herself - The Holocaust Survivor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorge Luis Alvarez ... Maitre'd (uncredited)

Rock Anthony ... Honors Class Student (uncredited)

Sonny Mario Ayon ... Eva's Hispanic Gang Member / Student (uncredited)

Dre Bowie ... Black Student (uncredited)

David Cohen ... Carnival Attendee (uncredited)
Chrissy Crook ... Student (uncredited)

Ashley Glenn ... Student (uncredited)
Robert Gonzalez ... Roberto / Evas cousin (uncredited)
Robert Christopher Henderson ... Student (uncredited)

Audia Holiday ... Student (uncredited)
Annie Hsu ... Student (uncredited)

Elizabeth Ince ... Teacher (uncredited)

Michael James Lazar ... Marcus's Dead Friend (uncredited)
Don Le ... Asian Student (uncredited)

Deon Lucas ... Black Student (uncredited)

Angela Nesbitt ... Student (uncredited)

Ihuoma Ofordire ... Black Gang Member (uncredited)
Jeran Pascascio ... Marcus' Dead Friend #2 (uncredited)
Palma Lawrence Reed ... Grant's Mother (uncredited)

Kirsten Roeters ... White Dinner Companion (uncredited)
Joe Seo ... Sindy's Asian Gang Member / Student (uncredited)
Michael Shiraef ... Honor Student (uncredited)

Joe Towne ... Obnoxious Waiter (uncredited)
Anthony E. Valentin ... Latin Gangster (uncredited)
Alfredo Viramontes ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard LaGravenese 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)

Freedom Writers (book "The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them") and
Erin Gruwell (book "The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them")

Produced by
Danny DeVito .... producer
Tracey Durning .... executive producer
Jordana Glick-Franzheim .... associate producer
Daniel S. Levine .... executive producer (as Dan Levine)
Nan Morales .... executive producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
Stacey Sher .... producer
Hilary Swank .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Will.i.am  (as Will.i.Am)
 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
 
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
Laurence Bennett 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Borck 
 
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton 
 
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Tena Austin .... makeup artist
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist: Ms. Swank
Debra Denson .... key makeup artist
Yvonne Depatis-Kupka .... hair stylist (as Yvonne Depatis Kupka)
Jason Green .... key hair stylist (as Jason 'Orion' Green)
Mary Lum .... hair stylist
Nancy Martinez-Morrison .... hair stylist (as Nancy Morrison)
Beverly Jo Pryor .... makeup department head
Theraesa Rivers .... hair stylist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Ms. Swank (as Ronnie Spector)
Judy Twine .... makeup artist
Candy L. Walken .... hair department head
Kentaro Yano .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tina Anderson .... post-production supervisor
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ime Etuk .... additional second assistant director
Marisa Ferrey .... second second assistant director
Kristen Heiden .... dga trainee
Donald Sparks .... first assistant director
Brent Stanton .... second second assistant director (day player)
Yumiko Takeya .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Craig Bernatzke .... propmaker foreman
Thomas Betts .... set designer
Jeanne Bueche .... property assistant
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator
Kevin Chambers .... set dresser
Tony Chavez .... propmaker
Jeff Clark .... set painter
David Corral .... greensman
Skip Crank .... assistant property master
Tim Donelan .... set dresser
Jimmy Flores .... set construction foreman
Linda Griffis .... art department coordinator
Kurt V. Hulett .... lead man
Don Kaeding .... leadman
Kim Lincoln .... graphic designer
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser
Roderick Nunnally .... paint supervisor
Jason Puga .... stand-by painter
Kim Richey .... second assistant property master
Suzanne Shugarman .... art department assistant
Gary Stel .... general foreman
Macie Vener .... assistant art director
Larry J. White II .... set dresser
Sandra J. White .... construction accountant
Tony Wright .... laborer
Adam Zerkel .... set dresser
Teresa Raschilla .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kudell .... assistant sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Robert Maxfield .... utility sound
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... dialog editor
David Parker .... production sound mixer
Tyler Parkinson .... pre-record engineer
Joe Seo .... adr
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
Kerry Dean Williams .... adr supervisor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Tony Chavez .... special effects
Thomas Mertz .... special effects director
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Caplan .... visual effects producer
Mary Dowd .... digital compositor
Simon Halpern .... previs artist: Pixel Liberation Front
Eric Heavens .... compositing supervisor
Kimberly Nelson LoCascio .... visual effects executive (as Kimberly K. Nelson)
Thomas Nittmann .... visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Loeng Wong-Savun .... lead Inferno artist: Lola Visual Effects
Ryan Zuttermeister .... visual effects coordinator: Lola Visual Effects
Adam Simpson .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Greg Anthony .... stunt performer
Sonny Mario Ayon .... stunt performer (as Sonny Ayon)
Jwaundace Candece .... stunts
Marly Coronel .... stunts
Roel Failma .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt gang
Jason Finn .... stunt performer
Steven Ho .... stunts
Natascha Hopkins .... stunts
John Koyama .... stunts
Delma Miranda .... stunt double
William Morts .... stunt coordinator (as Billy Morts)
Vanessa Motta .... stunt performer
Kai Nuuhiwa .... stunts
Lin Oeding .... stunts
Jane Oshita .... stunts
Austin Priester .... stunts
Darryl Reeves .... stunts
Hayley C. Rosales .... stunts
Mika Saito .... stunt performer
Marcus Salgado .... stunts
Sam Situmorang .... stunts
Larnell Stovall .... stunts
Stan Tinay .... stunts
Van Vander Pluym .... stunts
Jose L. Vasquez .... stunts
Chrissy Weathersby Ball .... stunts
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunts
Marco Morales .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Anderson .... libra technician
James Atkins .... best boy grip: additional unit
Justin Babin .... grip
Corwin A. Bibb .... assistant chief lighting technician
Roger Chingirian .... additional rigging electrician
Christopher Crivier .... grip
Jose Danner .... rigging grip
David Darwin .... rigging lighting technician
Louis DiCesare .... chief lighting technician
Tim Durr .... rigging chief lighting technician
Marco Fargnoli .... first assistant camera
David Goldsmith .... key video assist operator
Bob Good .... rigging assistant chief lighting technician
Roy C. Granada .... lighting technician
Geoffrey Haley .... Steadicam operator
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator
Joe Hill .... grip
Tomoka Izumi .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Bruce Jagoda .... rigging lighting technician
Chris Leidholdt .... rigging key grip
John McCormack .... rigging lighting technician
Byron McCulloch .... grip
Yen P. Nguyen .... film loader
Todd England Nicodemus .... grip
Miro Pokorny .... electrician
Martin Reder .... lighting technician
Nikola Ristic .... lighting technician
Andrew Robison .... key grip: splinter unit
Patrick Rousseau .... camera operator: "a" camera
Red Sinclair .... electrician
Robert Stenger .... first assistant camera
Jaimie Trueblood .... still photographer
Pete Villani .... rigging electrician (as Peter Villani)
 
Casting Department
Scott Blasko .... extras casting assistant
Michele Juskowitz .... search casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Sari Knight .... casting associate
Jacque Lawson .... extras coordinator: on set
Vinnie Potestivo .... casting
Orly Sitowitz .... search casting: Los Angeles
Julianne Weiss .... casting associate
Karin Aragon .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... costume supervisor
Mila Hermanovski .... key costumer
Anne Laoparadonchai .... costumer: Ms. Swank (as Annie Laoparadonchai)
Maria Lorenzana .... costumer
Philip Maldonado .... costumer
Elizabeth Martucci .... additional set costumer
Stephen Newton .... wardrobe assistant
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Susan Saldutti .... costumer
Alison M. Schmidt .... costumer
Deborah Zimmerman .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Jared Abramson .... post-production assistant
Luke Borghi .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
George Chavez .... color timer
Gina Zappala .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Miri Ben-Ari .... musician: violin solos
Dylan Berry .... composer: title music
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Jason La Rocca .... music mixer
Peter Maunu .... musician: guitar solos
Wendi Morris .... music coordinator
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Cindy O'Connor .... music assistant
Steve Pageot .... musician
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Jason Ruder .... music editor
Kasey Truman .... music coordinator
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Greg Hamilton .... additional music preparer (uncredited)
Scott McRae .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Casey Boden .... driver
Rob Byer .... driver
Bruce Callahan .... driver
Matthew DeAmicis .... driver
James Nordberg .... generator driver
Mike Riportella .... transportation captain
Joey Soriano .... driver
Paul Tumber .... driver: Ms Swank
Greagrey Waldrop .... transportation captain (as Greag Waldrop)
Robert G. Williams .... driver
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Jared Abramson .... set production assistant
Gregory Alpert .... location manager
Jorge Luis Alvarez .... assistant location manager
Sam Alvelo .... production assistant
Charlie Bolwell .... production coordinator
Peter Costelli .... key assistant location manager
William P. Davis .... misc crew
Amanda Dragon .... assistant: Mr. DeVito
Marie Elder .... production accountant
Heidi Falconer .... unit publicist
Derek Ferguson .... executive assistant
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Jenny Fumarolo .... production secretary: additional
Karen Garlich .... second assistant accountant
Darrius Garrett .... technical consultant
Katy Genovese .... payroll accountant
Scotty Goudreau .... production van
Casey Green .... video/computer playback operator
Caz Harleaux .... adr actor
Natalie Hsieh .... production assistant
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... acting coach
Dave Kasubowski .... craft service
Ahmed Kirdar .... set production assistant
Alex Kivlen .... key assistant location manager
Jon Ko .... set medic
David O. Krupnick .... construction medic
Brenda Lopez .... script supervisor
Bianca Margiotta .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Meghan McElheny .... assistant: Ms. Swank (as Meghan Riley McElheny)
Tricia Miles .... post executive
Rebecca Morton .... assistant: Mr. LaGravenese
Andrew Jackson Murphy .... location assistant
Jason Neudecker .... set production assistant
Michael Pettengill .... office intern
Sonia Pineda .... production assistant
Allie Rivera .... photo double
Matthew Roseman .... production assistant
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Rebekah Stevens .... second assistant accountant
Shelley Tassin .... production secretary
Dawn Terashima .... production assistant
Besnik Vlashi .... office production assistant
Linda Warrilow .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Weiss .... assistant: Ms. Sher
Jeanine Wilson .... first assistant accountant
Scott Yeats .... set production assistant
Jennifer Bydwell .... product placement (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Don Cheadle .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language
Runtime:
123 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jamal (Deance Wyatt) is seen wearing a "Poly" jersey. Long Beach Polytechnic High School is Long Beach Wilson's biggest rival.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Not only do the same newspaper headlines recur throughout the movie, the article is the same: nutrition and the obesity rate.See more »
Quotes:
Gloria:Miss Gruwell, he just took my damn bag!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 21 (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
A DreamSee more »

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77 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
You will NOT be disappointed!, 27 December 2006
Author: joshua-o-massel from United States

Great movie! I just saw an advanced screening, and was taken aback. I went into it not knowing a lot about what the movie was about, but expecting a "Dangerous Minds" Knock-off, but was surprised at how much I really loved this. It's not like an award-winning film; however, it is definitely worth checking out. And, without a fear of losing my masculinity, I can honestly say that there were two, maybe three scenes that I had to bite my lip and try to not tear up... if you can watch this movie and not get misty eyed at least once there is something wrong. There were actually scenes where the packed theater clapped and cheered, and other times when everyone gasped at the same time.. it will keep you entertained and you will walk away glad you came to see it.

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