Freedom Writers

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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 ...

Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writer: Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Freedom Writers (book), Erin Gruwell (book)
Production: N/A
Year: 2007
MetaScore: 64/100
ImdbRating: 7.5
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 05 Jan 2007
Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination.


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Erin Gruwell - Hilary Swank
Scott Casey - Patrick Dempsey
Steve Gruwell - Scott Glenn
Margaret Campbell - Imelda Staunton
Andre Bryant - Mario
Gloria Munez - Kristin Herrera
Sindy - Jaclyn Ngan
Alejandro Santiago - Sergio Montalvo
Marcus - Jason Finn
Jamal Hill - Deance Wyatt
Brandy Ross - Vanetta Smith
Ben Daniels - Hunter Parrish
Brian Gelford - John Benjamin Hickey
Dr. Carl Cohn - Robert Wisdom
Miep Gies - Pat Carroll
Grant Rice - Armand Jones
Eva's Father - Ricardo Molina
Eva's Mother - Angela Alvarado
Sindy's Boyfriend (as Anh Nguyen) - Anh Tuan Nguyen
Sindy's Friend - Katie Soo
Brandy's Mother - Liisa Cohen
Brandy's Father - Brian Bennett
Self (as Mr. Horace Hall) - Horace Hall
Principal Banning - Tim Halligan
Karin Polachek - Lisa Banes
Young Eva - Giselle Bonilla
Young Marcus - Earl Williams
Marcus' Mother - Angela Sargeant
PTA Mom - Robin Skye
Store Owner - Chil Kong
Defense Attorney - Juan Garcia
Prosecutor - Larry Cahn
Hall Monitor - Sharaud Moore
Gang Member - Abel Soto
Cop #1 - Dan Warner
Cop #2 - Randy Hall
Cop #3 - Carl Paoli
Drug Dealer - Dominic Daniel
Bookstore Clerk - Cody Chappel
Self - The Holocaust Survivor - Renee Firestone
Self - The Holocaust Survivor - Eddie Ilam
Self - The Holocaust Survivor - Elisabeth Mann
Self - The Holocaust Survivor - Gloria Ungar
Maitre'd - George Alvarezzo
Honors Class Student - Rock Anthony
Eva's Hispanic Gang Member / Student - Sonny Mario Ayon
Black Student - Dre Bowie
Student - Ian Clay
Carnival Attendee - David Cohen
Student - Chrissy Crook
Student - Giovanni Davis
Student - Jason Ford
Student - Ashley Glenn
Roberto / Evas cousin - Robert Gonzalez
Student - Audia Holiday
Student - Annie Hsu
Teacher - Elizabeth Ince
Marcus's Dead Friend - Michael James Lazar
Asian Student - Don Le
Black Student - Deon Lucas
Student - Angela Nesbitt
Man in the Park - Ian Novotny
Black Gang Member - Ihuoma Ofordire
Marcus' Dead Friend #2 - Jeran Pascascio
Prisoner - Bidkar Ramos
Grant's Mother - Palma Lawrence Reed
Actor - Matt Riedy
White Dinner Companion - Kirsten Roeters
Sindy's Asian Gang Member / Student - Joe Seo
Honor Student - Michael Shiraef
Obnoxious Waiter - Joe Towne
Latin Gangster - Anthony E. Valentin
White Cop #1 - Adam Vanderwielen