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Freedom Writers (2007)

Biography, Crime, Drama |.

Freedom Writers is a American drama film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey and Mario.

It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell and students who compiled the book out of real diary entries about their lives that they wrote in their English class at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California. The movie is also based on the DC program called City at Peace. The title of the movie and book is a play on the term “Freedom Riders,” referring to the multiracial civil rights activists who tested the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering the desegregation of interstate buses in 1961.

In 1994 in Long Beach, California, Erin Gruwell has been accepted to teach English for at-risk students at Woodrow Wilson High School—a once highly acclaimed school which has declined since voluntary integration had been enforced and where racial tensions have increased since the Los Angeles riots two years prior. Erin struggles to form a connection with her students and observes numerous fights between some of them, who are in rival gangs.

One night, Latina student Eva Benitez, her boyfriend Paco, and a friend go to a convenience store. Eva’s classmate Sindy Ngor, who is a Cambodian refugee, and her boyfriend also enter the store. African-American student Grant Rice, frustrated at losing an arcade game, demands a refund from the store owner.

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Writers: Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Freedom Writers (book), Erin Gruwell (book)

Stars: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Hernandez Castillo, Mario, Kristin Herrera

Cast:

Hilary SwankErin Gruwell
Patrick DempseyScott Casey
Scott GlennSteve Gruwell
Imelda StauntonMargaret Campbell
April Hernandez CastilloEva Benitez (as April Lee Hernandez)
MarioAndre Bryant
Kristin HerreraGloria Munez
Jaclyn NganSindy
Sergio MontalvoAlejandro Santiago
Jason FinnMarcus
Deance WyattJamal Hill
Vanetta SmithBrandy Ross
Gabriel ChavarriaTito
Hunter ParrishBen Daniels
Antonio GarcíaMiguel
Giovonnie SamuelsVictoria
John Benjamin HickeyBrian Gelford
Robert WisdomDr. Carl Cohn
Pat CarrollMiep Gies
Will MoralesPaco
Armand JonesGrant Rice
Ricardo MolinaEva’s Father
Angela AlvaradoEva’s Mother
Anh Tuan NguyenSindy’s Boyfriend (as Anh Nguyen)
Katie SooSindy’s Friend
Liisa CohenBrandy’s Mother
Brian BennettBrandy’s Father
Horace HallSelf (as Mr. Horace Hall)
Tim HalliganPrincipal Banning
Lisa BanesKarin Polachek
Giselle BonillaYoung Eva
Earl WilliamsYoung Marcus
Blake HightowerClive
Angela SargeantMarcus’ Mother
Robin SkyePTA Mom
Chil KongStore Owner
Juan GarciaDefense Attorney
Larry CahnProsecutor
Sharaud MooreHall Monitor
Abel SotoGang Member
Dan WarnerCop #1
Randy HallCop #2
Carl PaoliCop #3
Dominic DanielDrug Dealer
Cody ChappelBookstore Clerk
DJ Motiv8DJ
Renee FirestoneSelf – The Holocaust Survivor
Eddie IlamSelf – The Holocaust Survivor
Elisabeth MannSelf – The Holocaust Survivor
Gloria UngarSelf – The Holocaust Survivor
George AlvarezzoMaitre’d (uncredited)
Rock AnthonyHonors Class Student (uncredited)
Sonny Mario AyonEva’s Hispanic Gang Member / Student (uncredited)
Dre BowieBlack Student (uncredited)
Ian ClayStudent (uncredited)
David CohenCarnival Attendee (uncredited)
Chrissy CrookStudent (uncredited)
Giovanni DavisStudent (uncredited)
Jason FordStudent (uncredited)
Ashley GlennStudent (uncredited)
Robert GonzalezRoberto / Evas cousin (uncredited)
Robert Christopher HendersonStudent (uncredited)
Audia HolidayStudent (uncredited)
Annie HsuStudent (uncredited)
Elizabeth InceTeacher (uncredited)
Michael James LazarMarcus’s Dead Friend (uncredited)
Don LeAsian Student (uncredited)
Deon LucasBlack Student (uncredited)
Angela NesbittStudent (uncredited)
Ian NovotnyMan in the Park (uncredited)
Ihuoma OfordireBlack Gang Member (uncredited)
Jeran PascascioMarcus’ Dead Friend #2 (uncredited)
Bidkar RamosPrisoner (uncredited)
Palma Lawrence ReedGrant’s Mother (uncredited)
Landon ReidKid (uncredited)
Matt RiedyActor (uncredited)
Kirsten RoetersWhite Dinner Companion (uncredited)
Joe SeoSindy’s Asian Gang Member / Student (uncredited)
Michael ShiraefHonor Student (uncredited)
Joe TowneObnoxious Waiter (uncredited)
Anthony E. ValentinLatin Gangster (uncredited)
Adam VanderwielenWhite Cop #1 (uncredited)
Alfredo ViramontesStudent (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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