Freedom Writers

January 5th, 2007


Freedom Writers

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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.4/10 (25,064 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey

It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers

Hilary Swank - Erin Gruwell
Patrick Dempsey - Scott Casey
Scott Glenn - Steve Gruwell
Imelda Staunton - Margaret Campbell
April L. Hernandez - Eva Benitez (as April Lee Hernandez)
Mario - Andre Bryant
Kristin Herrera - Gloria Munez
Jaclyn Ngan - Sindy
Sergio Montalvo - Alejandro Santiago
Jason Finn - Marcus
Deance Wyatt - Jamal Hill
Vanetta Smith - Brandy Ross
Gabriel Chavarria - Tito
Hunter Parrish - Ben Daniels
Antonio García - Miguel

Taglines: their story their words


Official Website: Official site [Spain] | Paramount Pictures [France] |

Release Date: 5 January 2007

Filming Locations: Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,405,582 (USA) (7 January 2007)

Gross: $43,090,741 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Hilary Swank beat out her co-star in this movie, Imelda Staunton, for the 2005 Oscar for Best Actress.

Continuity: When the computers are lent to the students to type their diaries, they all know how to type correctly. This isn't consistent with their backgrounds.

Andre: It's the dumb class cuz. It means you too dumb.
Jamal: Man, say it to my face cuz.
Andre: I just did. See what I mean? Dumb?

User Review

Don't listen to the naysayers


I read the message boards before seeing the movie and wasn't really that excited to go see it. Yes, the general storyline has been done before...

I'm a male teenager and this movie made me cry. I can't remember the last time a movie made me cry... in fact, I don't think I have (teary-eyed doesn't count). Freedom Writers moved me.

It was so much better than I expected. All I can say is that it is definitely worth at least a matinée viewing.

The movie reminded me that all of America isn't like white middle-class suburbia, of which I am a part. Regardless of how many times the same movie has been done before, the white middle-class can use as many reminders as possible that education is not that easy to obtain everywhere. Even in America, opportunity is not equal, and I think it's important for people to see that.

Don't judge the movie without seeing it.


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