Freedom Writers

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  • PG-13
"Freedom Writers" is inspired by a true story and the diaries of the real Long Beach teenagers after the L.A. riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial warfare. Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to... read more
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"Freedom Writers" is inspired by a true story and the diaries of the real Long Beach teenagers after the L.A. riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial warfare. Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asian gangbangers who hate her even more than they hate each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way that no other adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough- they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting "a war of the streets" that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before- respect. For the first time, these teens experience a hope that maybe they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.

Original Release

01/05/2007

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Cast

Directors

Richard LaGravenese

Writers

Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell

Cast

Hilary Swank Erin Gruwell
Patrick Dempsey Scott Casey
Imelda Staunton Margaret Campbell
Kristin Herrera Gloria Munez
Deance Wyatt Jamal Hill
Gabriel Chavarria Tito
John Benjamin Hickey Brian Gelford
Robert Wisdom Dr. Carl Cohn
Pat Carroll Miep Gies
Will Morales Paco
Ricardo Molina Eva's Father
Angela Alvarado Eva's Mother
Tim Halligan Principal Banning
Giovonnie Samuels Victoria
Hunter Parrish Ben Daniels
Vanetta Smith Brandy Ross
Jaclyn Ngan Sindy
Sergio Montalvo Alejandro Santiago
Mario Andre Bryant
Jason Finn Student

Producers

Hilary Swank Executive Producer
Tracey Durning Executive Producer
Nan Morales Executive Producer
Daniel S. Levine Executive Producer
Dan Levine Executive Producer
Danny DeVito Producer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Stacey Sher Producer
Jordana Glick-Franzheim Producer

Editors

David Moritz

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