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Won't Back Down [Blu-ray] (2012)

Viola Davis , Maggie Gyllenhaal , Daniel Barnz  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez
  • Directors: Daniel Barnz
  • Writers: Daniel Barnz, Brin Hill
  • Producers: Amanda Morgan Palmer, Mark Johnson, Micheal Flaherty, Ron Schmidt, Tom Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A993ZRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Theatrical Feature Blu-ray


Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Daniel Barnz

A Tribute to Teachers

The Importance of Education

Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Barnz

Theatrical Trailer

Sneak Peek


Ultraviolet Copy

Editorial Reviews

OSCAR® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis* lead a stellar cast in this rousing drama inspired by actual events. Frustrated by her dyslexic daughter’s struggles at a failing inner-city school, Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) tries to enroll her somewhere else. When this fails, Jamie recruits a disillusioned but caring teacher (Davis) to try to fix the broken school. Soon, the women find themselves in a tense battle against apathy, hopelessness, and powerful interests. OSCAR® Winner Holly Hunter and OSCAR ® Nominee Rosie Perez** also star in this inspiring story that shows how profoundly parents can affect their kids’ education.


*Maggie Gyllenhaal: 2009, Supporting Actress, Crazy Heart; Viola Davis: 2011, Actress, The Help; 2008, Supporting Actress, Doubt. **Holly Hunter: 1993, Actress, The Piano. Rosie Perez: 1993 Supporting Actress, Fearless.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEING POOR SUCKS AND MY KID CAN'T READ January 13, 2013
Filmed in Pittsburgh, the new Hollywood of the east, this film is more fictional than fact. It was inspired by a California law for failing schools. Pennsylvania does not have such a law as yet.

Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a working single mom with a dyslexic daughter (Emily Alyn Lind) who is not getting the attention she needs at school. Unable to move or pay for her child to go to a better school, Jamie joins with a teacher (Viola Davis) in an attempt to take over the school's charter. It is an uphill battle as she must convince apathetic parents. Teachers must also be convinced to give up their union security so they can eliminate substandard teachers with tenure.

The struggles portrayed in the film were light compared to reality. The film is an emotional roller coaster ride. The movie was well acted. Because of the topic, the film engages in some union bashing while trying not to look too anti-union (remember, actors and screen writers are union too).

Tom Petty's song finally comes in during the credit roll.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American School System Needs Major Overhaul! October 2, 2013
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I have a friend who's a school teacher and the things she shares with me about the social toxicities and administrative dysfunction resonate with the dysfunctions in this movie. It's no joke!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass up this movie! July 15, 2013
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As a newly-retired teacher, I saw this movie in the theaters and found it to be a wonderful story that showed the best and the worst of education. After 38 years of teaching, it amazes me that there are still teachers, schools, districts that are lackadaisical and need a good 'kick-in-th-pants' to provide what the kids need. The actors in this film show the extreme of what can be done, and do such a good job of showing the dedicated and the undedicated in a wonderful profession. My feeling is, teaching is not just a job where you collect a paycheck -- it's a way to affect the future, hopefully in a good way, and although it's a lot of work it is so fulfilling. Thanks to the makers of this film and since it was based on a true story -- congrats to the people who did what needed to be done. Excellent portrayal of an important topic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If not for the emotional resiliency of the two lead actresses, this 2012 feel-good drama about the reformation of a failing inner-city Pittsburgh school would come across as no more than a polemic. However, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) and Viola Davis (The Help) bring enough intense fervor to their roles of parent and teacher that this becomes a creditable film if not all that memorable. Director and co-screenwriter Daniel Barnz doesn't help matters much by stacking the deck so predictably in the script (co-written with Brin Hill) while tackling a serious exposition problem with a lot of education jargon that feels like it requires the viewer to take some preparation exam to watch it. Watching Davis Guggenheim's 2010 documentary, Waiting for 'Superman', is probably helpful since it covers similar territory by showing how students strive to become accepted into a charter school.

The plot here takes a more contrived route as it focuses on Jamie, a single mom holding down two jobs while becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of attention her eight-year-old, Malia, receives from her teachers in treating her dyslexia and dealing with bullies. Through happenstance, she finds a little-known piece of legislation based on California's "parent trigger" law, which allows parents and teachers, under certain circumstances and after rounds of approvals, to take over schools and run them entirely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Takes One Person to Make a Positive Difference September 27, 2013
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This movie was inspirational. It was about two women (Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal) who fight for justice in the public school system so that their kids and others can be taught fairly and respectfully. Of course, like everyone else, they went through obstacles. However, they overcame them and accomplished their goals.

No matter what happens and what people do to you, always follow your heart and do the right thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real September 19, 2013
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This is a powerful eyepening movie, I love every second of it, its amazing, spot on and real. watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes I do Love This Movie May 3, 2013
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This will keep me coming back to place my orders, this is the kind of movies i like. Two Thumbs up
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The reason I liked this movie was because I believe schools and education exist for the kids. Amazon Prime made it easy to download and watch with out leaving home. I would recommend this to school teachers who were once passionate about education and helping kids learn to be their best but have lost the passion do to politics and money. Additionally this is a movie for parents who may consider education someone else's responsibility. This movie brings home the great need for parents to step up and get involved in a positive way.
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