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Front of the Class (2008)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 7 December 2008
Brad Cohen who, despite being challenged by Tourette's Syndrom at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher.

Director:

Peter Werner

Writers:

Thomas Rickman (as Tom Rickman), Brad Cohen (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Wolk ... Brad Cohen (as Jimmy Wolk)
Treat Williams ... Norman Cohen
Dominic Scott Kay ... Young Brad Cohen
Sarah Drew ... Nancy Lazarus
Kathleen York ... Diane
Joe Chrest ... Jim Ovbey
Patricia Heaton ... Ellen Cohen
Johnny Pacar ... Jeff
Charles Henry Wyson ... Young Jeff
Charlie Finn ... Ron
Dianne Butler Dianne Butler ... Hilarie Straka
Helen Ingebritsen ... Susan
Laura Whyte Laura Whyte ... Brenda
Mike Pniewski ... Principal Myer
Michael H. Cole ... Principal Fowler
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Storyline

After being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, Brad Cohen defies all odds to become a gifted teacher. As Cohen grows up, he must face friends and classmates who don't realize that he sometimes cannot control his outbursts and a father who seems unwilling to accept his son's condition. Written by Hallmark Movie Channel

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Drama

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Front of the Class (#58.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The first of the 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' movies to air in HD widescreen. See more »

Quotes

Brad Cohen: I get that look a lot, but I never let it get to me.
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

I Found Love
Written by: Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap, and Stephen Lang
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Even Better than King's Speech
24 May 2011 | by princebansal1982See all my reviews

Both "The King's Speech" and "Front of the Class" are centered around speech disabilities. The former around stammering and latter around tourette syndrome. I loved King's Speech. Especially in terms of acting, It is powerhouse but I loved this movie even more. It is much more realistic, and without the big obvious dramatic moments that are present in King's Speech.

Nothing is represented as a do or die situation and there is a strong undercurrent of humor throughout. While tourette has a big affect on anybody's life, the main protagonist Brad Cohen is an elementary school teacher which really complicates things.

A very inspiring story, in a lot of different ways. Whether it is the reason why he chose to teach, or his interviews for the job, or his interactions with his students, everything about the movie is humorous, touching and sublime all together at the same time. This movie remained with me for days.

P.S. I know that Hallmark has a reputation for making sappy films but I can assure you that this is not like that.


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