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Won't Back Down (2012)

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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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... Jamie Fitzpatrick
... Nona Alberts
... Michael Perry
... Evelyn Riske
... Breena Harper
... Malia Fitzpatrick
... Cody Alberts
... Charles Alberts
... Principal Thompson
... Principal Holland
... Arthur Gould
... Olivia Lopez
... Yvonne
Nancy Bach ... Deborah
... 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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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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28 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Learning to Fly  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,603,370, 30 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,308,553, 18 November 2012
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Oscar Isaac'a character is very inspired by music, notably Johnny Cash. He would later go on to play a musician in Inside Llewyn Davis. 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 Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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Written by Toby McKeehan, Chris Stevens (as Christopher Stevens) and Cary Barlowe
Performed by Toby McKeehan (as TobyMac) featuring Siti Monroe
Courtesy of Forefront Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Does the Education of the future matter to you?
27 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you have a child in school tomorrow, or plan to have a child in school in the next decade, go see "Won't Back Down". Not because the writing is good, or the acting is good, but because the story could be from your own backyard, your own child's school.

This isn't a summer blockbuster like the "Avengers", and audiences loved the "Avengers", but none of us are super-heroes, nor will we ever be. We are all capable of being the type of hero so well portrayed by Maggie Gyllenhall and Viola Davis - Parents. Every adult, that experiences this film will understand that it does not take super-powers and a shiny costume to be a hero to a child, or a community.

So, yes, educating the next generation does matter. Who's going to be your Doctor, your Lawyer, your CEO in 30 years...a child being born today. If that child doesn't get an adequate education...how will they be able to achieve their dreams? How will our country survive through a generation of D and C students?

Go and enjoy "Won't Back Down" for what it is - Sometimes funny, sometimes heartwarming, striving to make us all see that somethings are worth fighting for.


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