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At the hotel dinner for the kids, after their trip to the Holocaust museum, all of the Holocaust survivor characters are played by actual Holocaust survivors.
Based on the book called "The Freedom Writers Diary" by Erin Gruwell and the kids of Wilson High.
Hilary Swank beat out her co-star in this movie, Imelda Staunton, for the 2005 Oscar for Best Actress.
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The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles is featured in the film. Gruwell takes the students on a field trip to the museum. An exterior view of the museum is shown, and there are scenes inside the museum, showing simulated entrances to gas chambers in death camps.
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Part of the movie was filmed at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.
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Jamal (Deance Wyatt) is seen wearing a "Poly" jersey. Long Beach Polytechnic High School is Long Beach Wilson's biggest rival.
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This is the second time that Hilary Swank and Patrick Dempsey have been together in a film; the first was for Iron Jawed Angels (2004).
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Early prints were released under the title 'Maggie'.
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Vanetta Smith, who played the student Brandy, was on the show Endurance 3: Hawaii (2004) in its third season. Her team placed 5th out of 8.
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