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Freedom Writers (Full Screen Edition)

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Hilary Swank stars in this story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they ve always needed - a voice. Swank plays Erin Gruwell the real-life teacher at Long Beach s Wilson High who inspired her students to overcome the gangs that divided them and the education system that forgot them. Based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary and supported by a cast of first-time actors who drew from their actual experiences on the street Gruwell teaches us all an important lesson about tolerance and trust.System Requirements:Running Time: 122 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: PG - 13 UPC: 097361243245 Manufacturer No: 124324

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Though the "inspirational teacher" theme may feel done to death, Freedom Writers succeeds because it emphasizes the students as much as the teacher. Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don't Cry) comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism, but quickly discovers that her unruly classroom isn't easily won over by her good intentions. After a few floundering attempts to connect with her students, Gruwell gives them the assignment of keeping journals about their own lives--an assignment that the class bites into with relish, which eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. This plotline has been made before, sometimes well, sometimes poorly; Freedom Writers, by drawing heavily from the published journals of the students--and thanks to a (mostly) unheroic script, direction that emphasizes individual characters over stereotypes, and rigorous performances from the whole cast--makes the story seem fresh and genuine. Swank does solid work, but the standouts are April L. Hernandez as a girl whose gang wants her to lie and send an innocent boy to jail and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) as a teacher who resents Gruwell's offbeat success. Also featuring Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), and a plethora of strong young actors. --Bret Fetzer

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Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making 'A Dream'
  • Freedom Writers Family
  • Freedom Writers: The Story Behind the Story
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Product details

  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, April L. Hernandez
  • Directors: Richard LaGravenese
  • Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writers
  • Producers: Hilary Swank, Dan Levine, Danny DeVito, Jordana Glick-Franzheim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Full Screen, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,055 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOK1KM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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