Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

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Daniel Barnz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jamie Fitzpatrick
Viola Davis ... Nona Alberts
Oscar Isaac ... Michael Perry
Holly Hunter ... Evelyn Riske
Rosie Perez ... Breena Harper
Emily Alyn Lind ... Malia Fitzpatrick
Dante Brown ... Cody Alberts
Lance Reddick ... Charles Alberts
Ving Rhames ... Principal Thompson
Bill Nunn ... Principal Holland
Ned Eisenberg ... Arthur Gould
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Olivia Lopez
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Yvonne
Nancy Bach Nancy Bach ... Deborah
Keith Flippen ... Ben
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Two determined mothers with children who are failing in an inner city school in Pittsburgh join forces to take back the school, and turn it into a place of learning. But before they can change the school for the better, they must first battle the parents, the school board, and the teachers union. Because this is for their children, they won't back down from this enormous challenge. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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If you can't beat the system... change it

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Drama

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Last film of Bill Nunn. See more »

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Olivia Lopez: I live and breath this bureaucracy. I share your frustration. I read Kafka to make myself feel better.
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References Walk the Line (2005) See more »

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The Future
Written by Tom Beaujour, Keith Hartel and Ray Kubian
Performed by True Love
Courtesy of Main Man
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Corporate Education for Profit Shill
28 February 2017 | by charles-sandersSee all my reviews

As a public high school teacher, I will never forgive Viola Davis for shilling for the Education for Profit corporate machine. The film was an excellent piece of propaganda that would have made Goebbels proud. It is clear that for profit schools do not improve student outcomes. The only charter schools that have been successful are the few not-for profit charters where students come before profit.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Learning to Fly See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,603,370, 30 September 2012

Gross USA:

$5,310,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,378,228
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2.35 : 1
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