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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marilyn Gambrell
... Perry Beasley
... Reginald Spivey
... Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell)
Stacy Meadows ... Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.)
Trent Cameron ... Jamal
... Darnell
... Ed Rivera
... Valerie
... Frank, Jamal's Stepfather
James Baker ... Cop
Ron Carothers ... Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers)
... Little Kid
... Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)
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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Marilyn Gambrell: They have the power to persevere, and so do you!
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Performed by Christina Aguilera
Written by Christina Aguilera, Rob Hoffman and Heather Holley
Courtesy of RCA
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I watched this movie and I can relate..
22 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Although you can tell that the movie, made for TV, was not a blockbuster, it drives home a very key issue experienced in our society today. I personally have never gone through some of the experiences of the children portrayed in the movie but I'm close to people who have. I felt the sincerity, pain, frustration, agony and the need to survive in every minute watched. You can tell that what actually took place at M. B. Smiley High School was a lot more than what TV could provide. It was definitely enough to get the message across though. I recommend this movie for all students of inner cities. I think it should be a requirement. Excellent and two thumbs up!


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