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An examination of the current state of education in America today.

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Charles Adam ...
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Robert Balfanz ...
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Harriet Ball ...
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Steve Barr ...
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Ms. Celeste Bell ...
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The Black & McGee Family ...
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James Carter III ...
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Todd Dickson ...
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The Esparza Family ...
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Mike Feinberg ...
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Adrian M. Fenty ...
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Howard Fuller ...
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The Garcia Regalado Family ...
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Lester Garcia ...
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The Guy Family ...
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Eric Hanushek ...
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The Hill Family ...
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Lance Izumi ...
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The Jones Family ...
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Jason Kamras ...
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The Leanse Family ...
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Dave Levin ...
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The Lewis Family ...
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The Martinez & Gonzalez Family ...
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Jay Matthews ...
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The Ordon Family ...
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Bill Strickland ...
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Dennis Van Roekel ...
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Randi Weingarten ...
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The Whitfield & Hill Family ...
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The Zell Family ...
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Directed by

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Davis Guggenheim

Written by

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Davis Guggenheim ... (written by) &
Billy Kimball ... (written by)

Produced by

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Michael Birtel ... producer
Lesley Chilcott ... producer
Micheal Flaherty ... production executive
Eliza Hindmarch ... co-producer
Michelle Katz ... field producer
Jeff Skoll ... executive producer
Shari Tavey ... line producer
Diane Weyermann ... executive producer

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Christophe Beck

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Robert Richman
Erich Roland

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Jay Cassidy
Greg Finton
Kim Roberts

Editorial Department

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Mike Azevedo ... first assistant editor
J. Cody Baker ... digital intermediate assistant
Gilbert Carreras ... color timer
Salvatore Catanzaro ... on-line editor
Sam Citron ... additional editing
Dan Goslee ... digital intermediate assistant
Annie Johnson ... digital intermediate producer
Stephen Nakamura ... digital film colorist
Alexander B. Rubinow ... second assistant editor
Jason Sikora ... editor: main title

Production Management

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Don Coppola ... production supervisor
Jeannette Heindel ... production manager: Texas
Trevor Herrick ... production supervisor
Susan E. Novick ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lesley Chilcott ... second unit director

Sound Department

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Phil Barrie ... sound effects editor
Gerald Beg ... sound mixer
John Bentley ... sound mixer
Brian Buckley ... sound mixer
James Castro ... sound mixer
Stan Chan ... sound mixer
Dwayne Dell ... sound mixer
Joel Dougherty ... sound effects editor
Nathan Dubin ... voice over sound mixer
Julius Evans ... sound mixer
Chuck Fitzpatrick ... sound mixer
Richard Fleming ... sound mixer
Dan Gleich ... sound mixer
David Hocs ... sound mixer
Skip Lievsay ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Peter Miller ... sound mixer
Lincoln Morrison ... sound mixer
Eddie O'Connor ... sound mixer (as Eddie O'Conner)
Brian C. Peterson ... sound mixer
Glen Piegari ... sound mixer
Mike Primmer ... sound mixer
Theresa Radka ... sound mixer
Brenda Ray ... sound mixer
Chris Ripper ... sound mixer
Paul Rusnak ... sound mixer
Hilary Stewart ... sound mixer
Seth Talley ... sound mixer
Charles Tomaras ... sound mixer
Paul Trautman ... sound mixer
Byron Wilson ... dialogue editor

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Sarah Coatts ... visual effects producer: yU+co
Kaya Thomas ... main titles

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eli Born ... camera operator
Jac Cheairs ... camera operator
Lesley Chilcott ... camera operator
Steve Condiotti ... camera operator
Jay Feather ... camera operator
Doug Gritzmacher ... camera operator
Davis Guggenheim ... camera operator
Owen Hooker ... gaffer
Ronan Killeen ... camera operator
David Layton ... camera operator
Ernesto Lomeli ... camera operator
Vic Losick ... camera operator
Nick Paige ... director of photography: second unit
John Paulson ... camera operator
John M. Roche ... gaffer
Guido Ronge ... camera operator
Jonathan Schell ... camera operator
Logan Schneider ... camera operator
Joia Speciale ... camera operator
Wyatt Troll ... camera operator
George Tur ... camera operator
Mark Walpole ... camera operator
Brett Wiley ... camera operator

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Jordan Bruner ... animator
Sean Donnelly ... animation director

Music Department

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John Houlihan ... music supervisor
Matthew Janszen ... score coordinator
Paul Katz ... music consultant
John Legend ... Writer and Performer of "Shine"
Jake Monaco ... music scoring mixer
Orr Rebhun ... music editor (as Orr Ravhon)
Erica Weis ... music editor

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Steve Berman ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Sebastien Betsch ... digital cinema supervisor
Susan Bliss ... post script services
Rochelle T.A. Brown ... intern (as Rochelle Brown)
Lisa Callif ... legal counsel
Samantha Casey ... assistant to davis guggenheim (as Samantha Kerzner) / assistant to director (as Samantha Kerzner)
Shannon Costello ... rights and clearances
Michael Donaldson ... legal counsel
Kimberly Edwards ... production accountant
Ryan Gallagher ... researcher
Carrie Gay ... production assistant
Cody Heller ... assistant to director
Rachel Coursey Holmes ... production coordinator
Chris Perez ... clearance counsel
Deborah Ricketts ... archive researcher
Chris Ruscillo ... production assistant
Heather Tinnerstet ... production coordinator
David Vogel ... set production assistant: Washington D.C.
Ryan Wilk ... coordinator: main titles, yU+co
Winnie Wong ... insurance
Garson Yu ... main titles
Nick Petrie ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Chris Kirk ... special thanks
Adam Ohl ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Taglines The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield, it will be determined in a classroom. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Esperando a Superman (Spain)
  • Czekajac na Supermana (Poland)
  • Esperando a Superman (Argentina)
  • Supermanre várva: Az amerikai közoktatás hibái (Hungary)
  • Esperando a Supermán (Mexico)
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  • 111 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $139,033, 26 Sep 2010

Did You Know?

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Trivia There is a scene in which Bianca, one of the little girls, is reading from a book about someone taking apples and bringing them into the city to sell. The book she is reading is called "The Giving Tree" and was written by Shel Silverstein. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Adventures of Superman (1952). See more »
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Quotes Geoffrey Canada: One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me Superman did not exist.
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