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Won't Back Down (2012)

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Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

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Evelyn Riske
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Breena Harper
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Cody Alberts
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Charles Alberts
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Principal Thompson
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Arthur Gould
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Two determined mothers with children who are failing in an inner city school in Pittsburgh join forces to take back the school, and turn it into a place of learning. But before they can change the school for the better, they must first battle the parents, the school board, and the teachers union. Because this is for their children, they won't back down from this enormous challenge. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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If you can't beat the system... change it

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Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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28 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Learning to Fly  »

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$2,603,370 (USA) (28 September 2012)

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$5,308,553 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Oscar Isaac'a character is very inspired by music, notably Johnny Cash. He would later go on to play a musician in Inside Llewyn Davis. See more »

Quotes

Jamie Fitzpatrick: I've just never been able to talk smart people into doing things before.
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Featured in The Big Review: Fall Trailer Park (2012) See more »

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Written and Performed by Jimmy Kaleth (as James Kaleth), Robert Mitchell and Jez Pike
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3 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone knows that inner-city schools aren't making the grade. This movie wants to make it appear that teachers who literally do nothing all day is the reason for it. In the movie the charter school teachers are just delightful and the public school teachers are lazy and evil (aside from the cute guy teacher that sings in class). It's silly to the point of being offensive. This movie has an agenda and it's not even hidden. We need a movie about the rash of failing students, families, and communities, not failing schools, just to balance the propaganda spewed here. Many of the problems highlighted in this film are either untrue or exaggerated to a ridiculous extent. This is the typical message that I would expect from a propaganda film: "Blame everyone else for the problems I have". Work hard in school and maybe you won't be stuck in a low-paying job watching your kid struggle in the same way that you did.


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