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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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Principal Holland
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Arthur Gould
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Olivia Lopez
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Yvonne
Nancy Bach ...
Deborah
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Ben
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,603,370 (USA) (30 September 2012)

Gross:

$5,308,553 (USA) (18 November 2012)
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Trivia

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

Olivia Lopez: I live and breath this bureaucracy. I share your frustration. I read Kafka to make myself feel better.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.4 (2012) See more »

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Swing Keys
Written and Performed by Alex Wilson
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Like paying to watch a campaign ad
29 September 2012 | by (Baton Rouge) – See all my reviews

While the actors in this film tug at our hearts, the force feeding of incomplete perspective causes one to question: Are we watching a screen play or are we getting played? The bad guys are too bad, and the good guys are too good. The film is also unbelievable in that the parents are without any alternatives but a drastic one. I left the theater with a disturbing feeling, not about our schools, but about the integrity of the producers, writers and director. The opening should have a SUPER that reads, A paid political announcement. You can get your money back from the management. What a waste of effort on such a timely issue as the quality of our children's education. So in the end a story about two caring women and their struggle to fix their school, is about a billionaire fixing the audience, truly an exploitation film.


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