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Waiting for 'Superman' -- This documentary follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, and undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
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Writers (WGA):
Davis Guggenheim (written by) &
Billy Kimball (written by)
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Release Date:
29 October 2010 (USA) See more »
The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield, it will be determined in a classroom.
An examination of the current state of education in America today. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
16 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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Our System is Broken See more (100 total) »


Charles Adam ... Himself
Charles Adams ... Himself

Jonathan Alter ... Himself
Robert Balfanz ... Himself
Harriet Ball ... Herself
Steve Barr ... Himself
Ms. Celeste Bell ... Herself
The Black & McGee Family ... Themselves

Geoffrey Canada ... Himself
James Carter III ... Himself
Todd Dickson ... Himself
The Esparza Family ... Themselves
Mike Feinberg ... Himself
Adrian M. Fenty ... Himself (as Adrian Fenty)
Howard Fuller ... Himself
The Garcia Regalado Family ... Themselves
Lester Garcia ... Himself
The Guy Family ... Themselves
Eric Hanushek ... Himself
The Hill Family ... Themselves
Lance Izumi ... Himself
The Jones Family ... Themselves
Jason Kamras ... Himself
The Leanse Family ... Themselves
Dave Levin ... Himself
The Lewis Family ... Themselves
The Martinez & Gonzalez Family ... Themselves
Jay Matthews ... Himself
The Ordon Family ... Themselves

Michelle Rhee ... Herself
Bill Strickland ... Himself
Dennis Van Roekel ... Himself
Randi Weingarten ... Herself
The Whitfield & Hill Family ... Themselves
The Zell Family ... Themselves

Directed by
Davis Guggenheim 
Writing credits
Davis Guggenheim (written by) &
Billy Kimball (written by)

Produced by
Michael Birtel .... producer
Lesley Chilcott .... producer
Micheal Flaherty .... production executive
Eliza Hindmarch .... co-producer
Michelle Katz .... field producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Shari Tavey .... line producer
Diane Weyermann .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
Erich Roland 
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy 
Greg Finton 
Kim Roberts 
Production Management
Don Coppola .... production supervisor
Jeannette Heindel .... production manager: Texas
Trevor Herrick .... production supervisor
Susan E. Novick .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lesley Chilcott .... second unit director
Sound Department
Phil Barrie .... sound effects editor
Gerald Beg .... sound mixer
John Bentley .... sound mixer
Brian Buckley .... sound mixer
James Castro .... sound mixer
Stan Chan .... sound mixer
Joel Dougherty .... sound effects editor
Nathan Dubin .... voice over sound mixer
Julius Evans .... sound mixer
Chuck Fitzpatrick .... sound mixer
Richard Fleming .... sound mixer
Dan Gleich .... sound mixer
David Hocs .... sound mixer
Skip Lievsay .... re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Peter Miller .... sound mixer
Lincoln Morrison .... sound mixer
Eddie O'Connor .... sound mixer (as Eddie O'Conner)
Brian C. Peterson .... sound mixer
Glen Piegari .... sound mixer
Mike Primmer .... sound mixer
Theresa Radka .... sound mixer
Brenda Ray .... sound mixer
Chris Ripper .... sound mixer
Paul Rusnak .... sound mixer
Hilary Stewart .... sound mixer
Seth Talley .... sound mixer
Charles Tomaras .... sound mixer
Paul Trautman .... sound mixer
Byron Wilson .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects producer: yU+co
Kaya Thomas .... main titles
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Born .... camera operator
Jac Cheairs .... camera operator
Lesley Chilcott .... camera operator
Steve Condiotti .... camera operator
Jay Feather .... camera operator
Doug Gritzmacher .... camera operator
Davis Guggenheim .... camera operator
Owen Hooker .... gaffer
Ronan Killeen .... camera operator
David Layton .... camera operator
Ernesto Lomeli .... camera operator
Vic Losick .... camera operator
Nick Paige .... director of photography: second unit
John Paulson .... camera operator
John M. Roche .... gaffer
Guido Ronge .... camera operator
Jonathan Schell .... camera operator
Logan Schneider .... camera operator
Joia Speciale .... camera operator
Wyatt Troll .... camera operator
George Tur .... camera operator
Mark Walpole .... camera operator
Brett Wiley .... camera operator
Animation Department
Jordan Bruner .... animator
Sean Donnelly .... animation director
Editorial Department
Mike Azevedo .... first assistant editor
J. Cody Baker .... digital intermediate assistant
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Salvatore Catanzaro .... on-line editor
Sam Citron .... additional editing
Dan Goslee .... digital intermediate assistant
Annie Johnson .... digital intermediate producer
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist
Alexander B. Rubinow .... second assistant editor
Jason Sikora .... editor: main title
Music Department
John Houlihan .... music supervisor
Matthew Janszen .... score coordinator
Paul Katz .... music consultant
John Legend .... Writer and Performer of "Shine"
Jake Monaco .... music scoring mixer
Orr Rebhun .... music editor (as Orr Ravhon)
Erica Weis .... music editor
Other crew
Steve Berman .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Sebastien Betsch .... digital cinema supervisor
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Rochelle T.A. Brown .... intern (as Rochelle Brown)
Lisa Callif .... legal counsel
Shannon Costello .... rights and clearances
Michael Donaldson .... legal counsel
Kimberly Edwards .... production accountant
Ryan Gallagher .... researcher
Carrie Gay .... production assistant
Cody Heller .... assistant to director
Rachel Coursey Holmes .... production coordinator
Samantha Kerzner .... assistant to davis guggenheim
Samantha Kerzner .... assistant to director
Chris Perez .... clearance counsel
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
Chris Ruscillo .... production assistant
Heather Tinnerstet .... production coordinator
David Vogel .... set production assistant: Washington D.C.
Ryan Wilk .... coordinator: main titles, yU+co
Winnie Wong .... insurance
Garson Yu .... main titles
Nick Petrie .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Kirk .... special thanks
Adam Ohl .... thanks

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Rated PG for some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario/Quebec) | Ireland:PG | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #46095)

Did You Know?

There is a scene in which Bianca, one of the little girls, is reading from a book about someone taking apples and bringing them into the city to sell. The book she is reading is called "The Giving Tree" and was written by Shel Silverstein.See more »
Geoffrey Canada:I was like what do you mean he's not real. And she thought I was crying because it's like Santa Claus is not real and I was crying because there was no one coming with enough power to save us.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from The Right Stuff (1983)See more »
American IdiotSee more »


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45 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Our System is Broken, 3 October 2010
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. The system is broken. I am neither a teacher, Union official or politician ... simply a U.S. citizen who sees a real problem with a public education system that seems to adequately serve very few.

After viewing Davis Guggenheim's documentary, I find it fascinating to read some of the comments made. To my eye, the film does not blame any one group for the problems - though lousy teachers and a misguided union do take some serious criticism. Shouldn't they? The film makes the point that excellent teachers and principals can definitely make a difference. The specific subject families show caring, involved parents and eager to learn children. Of course, not every family or child fits this definition. But shouldn't the system work for the engaged parents and students?

There is no shortage of blame in this game - politicians, unions, teachers, administrators, parents and rowdy kids. Regardless of the situation, it's clear that the overall system is flawed, especially in lower income areas. Do neighborhoods drag the school down or is it vice versa? To me, it doesn't matter. The system should reward the teachers, parents and children who do want to teach and learn.

Regardless of your politics or personal involvement in education, I commend Mr. Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") and Mr. Gates and Ms. Rhee for rocking the boat ... for getting the questions asked in a public forum. This movie should inspire much debate and discussion - typically the beginning of real improvement and change. Let's hope this is the needed start to finding a better system.

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