Freedom Writers

Swank, Hilary

SKU: 032429283092

UPC 032429283092
Release Date 2017-09-26
Studio Paramount Home Entertainment
Discs 1
Length 122
Format (unknown)
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis Based on actual diary accounts of several teenagers following the L.A. riots, FREEDOM WRITERS is the story of an idealistic teacher's attempts to make a difference in the lives of her at-risk students. Located in gang-ravaged Long Beach, California, Woodrow Wilson High is a hotbed of violence due to a voluntary integration program which brings Black, Latino, Asian, and White students together. Rather than having the desired effect of creating healthy diversity, this program breeds constant war between all parties involved, the result being daily gun shots, constant racial slurs, and gang violence. Played largely by young unknowns, the freshman class in question is both naïve and wise beyond its years. While never having heard of the Holocaust, these kids are well-versed in the pain of poverty, the legal system, and death. Despite being up against unthinkable violence, devoted first-time teacher Erin Gruwell (Hillary Swank) never gives up, slowly bonding with her class of at-first unreachable pupils, breaking down their tough exteriors and getting at the real people beneath through requiring the students keep daily journals. Meanwhile, a strain is put on Erin's marriage as her student involvement gradually takes priority over her personal life. The intensity with which Erin relates to her work threatens her husband (Patrick Dempsey), who in seeing Erin's transformation, is reminded of his own stagnancy. Thanks to a catalogue of films including STAND AND DELIVER and DANGEROUS MINDS, any film about inspiring teachers risks feeling redundant and preachy. But writer/director Richard LaGravenese manages to put a fresh spin on this already familiar formula thanks to powerful performances by Hillary Swank, Imelda Staunton, and several newcomers. While slightly predictable, FREEDOM WRITERS critiques the public education system in an ultimately moving way.[S]incere, and proud of it.[A] film with a strong emotional tug and smartly laid foundation.Theatrical Release: January 5, 20073 stars out of 5 -- [T]he device of using the kids' personal stories delivers more honest uplift than many previous efforts.It's a stirring real-life tale, and Hilary Swank is a suitably perky, excitable lead...3 stars out of 5 -- [A]t moments both provocative and moving....This is an engrossing true-to-life drama...
Cast Danny DeVito (Producer)
Jason Finn (Star)
Sergio Montalvo (Star)
Gabriel Chavarria (Star)
Richard LaGravenese (Director)
Stacey Sher (Producer)
Hunter Parrish (Star)
Richard LaGravenese (Screenwriter)
Deance Wyatt (Star)
Vanetta Smith (Star)
Scott Glenn (Star)
Michael Shamberg (Producer)
Patrick Dempsey (Star)
Kristen Herrera (Star)
April L. Hernandez (Star)
Mark Isham (Composer)
Antonio Garcia (Star)
Hilary Swank (Star)
Imelda Staunton (Star)
Robert Wisdom (Star)
Erin Gruwell (Source Writer)
Jim Denault (Director of Photography)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Widescreen Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Crime/Legal Drama,Biography
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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