A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.

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Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Freedom Writers (book) | 1 more credit »
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Hilary Swank ... Erin Gruwell
Patrick Dempsey ... Scott Casey
Scott Glenn ... Steve Gruwell
Imelda Staunton ... Margaret Campbell
April Hernandez Castillo ... Eva Benitez (as April Lee Hernandez)
Mario ... Andre Bryant
Kristin Herrera ... Gloria Munez
Jaclyn Ngan ... Sindy
Sergio Montalvo Sergio Montalvo ... Alejandro Santiago
Jason Finn ... Marcus
Deance Wyatt ... Jamal Hill
Vanetta Smith ... Brandy Ross
Gabriel Chavarria ... Tito
Hunter Parrish ... Ben Daniels
Antonio García Antonio García ... Miguel
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Storyline

It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic Erin Gruwell is just starting her first teaching job, that as freshman and sophomore English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, which, two years earlier, implemented a voluntary integration program. For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate. Despite choosing the school on purpose because of its integration program, Erin is unprepared for the nature of her classroom, whose students live by generations of strict moral codes of protecting their own at all cost. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn't until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Hillary Swank was one of the movie's executive producers. See more »

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Not only do the same newspaper headlines recur throughout the movie, the article is the same: nutrition and the obesity rate. See more »

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Alejandro: I was having trouble deciding what candy I wanted. Then I heard gunshots. I looked down to see that one of my friends had blood coming from his back and his mouth. The next day I pulled down my shirt and got strapped with a gun I found in an alley outside my house.
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It's R Time
by Jeannie Ortega (as Jeanette Ortega), Victor Santiago, Kevin Ravenell, Edwin Almonte, Rolphy Ramirez & Leonardo Vasquez
Performed by Jeannie Ortega (as Jeanette Ortega) featuring Gemstar and Big Mato
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Freedom Writers should be required viewing, after reading the book that is, in all middle and high schools.
30 November 2006 | by tsgervinSee all my reviews

What a wonderful movie - my teenage daughters enjoyed it as much as I did. Not an easy to feat to accomplish! I had seen "Bobby" in the afternoon and went home and cried like a baby. Then, a few hours later took my daughters to a screening of Freedom Writers and left feeling so uplifted. The movie made be believe in the power that one person can hold to improve the lives of others. Education and empathy are also powerful tools in eliminating prejudice and intolerance. The movie made me feel that the time I spend volunteering at my children's' schools is so worthwhile, but maybe I could do more! Let's use this holiday season to help others as we help ourselves.


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Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,405,582, 7 January 2007

Gross USA:

$36,605,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,095,175
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