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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)

Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Wolk

Writers:

Andy Wolk, Peter Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jami Gertz ... Marilyn Gambrell
Ernie Hudson ... Perry Beasley
Eugene Clark ... Reginald Spivey
Sicily Johnson ... Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell)
Stacy Meadows Stacy Meadows ... Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.)
Trent Cameron Trent Cameron ... Jamal
Edwin Hodge ... Darnell
Zak Santiago ... Ed Rivera
Regine Nehy ... Valerie
Michasha Armstrong ... Frank, Jamal's Stepfather
James Baker James Baker ... Cop
Ron Carothers Ron Carothers ... Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers)
Kaya Coleman ... Little Kid
Jorge Vargas ... Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)
Pamela Crawford Pamela Crawford ... Grandmother
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Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their own lives and not expect the same thing to happen as it did to their parents. To the surprise of everyone, the program works, but the administration warns the duo that it will not last unless every senior student is able to pass his or her final exams and graduate with the class. As the end of the school year approaches, Gambrell faces a crisis to save everything she believes in or lose it all.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Quotes

Marilyn Gambrell: They have the power to persevere, and so do you!
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Soar
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Written by Christina Aguilera, Rob Hoffman and Heather Holley
Courtesy of RCA
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20 November 2005 | by elliselSee all my reviews

Jami Gertz turned in a dynamite performance in this movie. She played an Ex-Parole Officer turned Part-Time Instructor. She endured skepticism and indifference from members of a high school with students enduring serious social problems in the real world. She gradually earned respect and admiration from the students and the instructors later in the movie. They later visit a state prison -- in which the fathers of many children have been incarcerated for numerous offenses. The plot maintained energy and direction during the movie. She grew a set of balls in this movie. The students endure the roles of what the real world was like upon winning trust from the children. In the end, all but one student graduated from school -- thus looking forward to more productive lives outside the drug-infested world of government housing, gangs, beatings, substandard employment opportunities, and misery of Houston. Way to Go!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No More Victims See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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