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Freedom Writers (Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)

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  • 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: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: April 17 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000NOK1KC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,188 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Swank/Glenn/Dempsey ~ Freedom Writers

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Format: Blu-ray
Freedom Writers (drama, biography, crime)
Directed by Richard LaGravenese
Starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton and Scott Glenn

Paramount Pictures | 2007 | 122 min | Rated PG-13 | Released May 22, 2007

Video:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio:
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles:
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Disc:
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc

The Film 4.5/5

It's unlikely that many people know about Freedom Writers. The title makes it sound boring; how can writing be an exciting spectacle? The other problem is the first 30 minutes of the movie. It's almost exactly what you would expect and covers familiar ground. There's a chance it would lose viewers who think that the whole movie is going to be predictable.

It isn't.

The movie opens with riot scenes in Los Angeles and we hear a brief narration from one of the key characters, Eva (April Lee Hernandez). It shows her father being wrongly-convicted of a crime. This event confirms in her mind that she is right to hate all white people (as the cops were white) and anyone from another culture. She's a member of a gang and happy with her role in life.

Then we meet Erin Gruwell (Swank), who is a first-time teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School. She teaches English and is naive about what she'll face in the classroom. She believes that none of the rules apply to her because she cares, and that she can succeed where everyone else has failed. She thinks she can change the world.
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Anyone like Michelle Pfeifer's "Dangerous Minds"? Then you will adore this movie! A great story on redemption, following your passion, and changing the world one story at a time. Sucks Mr. McDreamy's character is a jerk, but how can your resist a little bit of tension in drama?

Solid producing from Danny D.- too bad this movie wasn't nominated for any major awards. Gritty, raw, and extremely refreshing, this movie should be a standard to show in any pre-secondary/secondary high school class.

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At first glance, Freedom Writers appears to be just another cliché of a classroom redemption story. However, because it is based on a true story, the movie comes out as a nice tribute to a truly inspirational educator who sacrificed her personal freedoms to acquire those of her students.
Hilary Swank gives out a solid performance in this role and overshadows the fact that the students look too old to be 14-15 years.
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Purchased this movie for a friend who had lost her copy. I was intrigued by her description of the movie and she told me to go ahead and watch it before I passed it on to her. Enjoyed it very much. So well written and acted and would recommend this. In fact I plan on getting my own copy so I can watch it again. It's one of those movies one enjoys watching more than once. A True Story!
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I have seen many similar stories, blackboard jungle, the morgan freeman film, but this one beats them all, Hilary fits real well as the teacher who challenges herself to teach her class of multi ethnics gang related backrounds, more than just textbooks, her methods are unique, determined, and smart. I include it in my classic films collection.
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I definitely enjoyed the film but I would recommend the book even more. I thought it was a shame that the film kept returning to Erin Gruwell's relationship with her husband when it is not even mentioned once in the book. However, the film really did bring the line game and the characters to life.
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This movie would make a great discussion project for youth age 12 - and older and high school aged. Also a useful tool for jr high and high school teachers to incorporate into their curriculum around social issues and marginalization.
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Le produit était exactement ce que j'avais commandé. Je l'ai apprécié grandement et j'en ai même commandé un deuxième afin de l'offrir en cadeau à une amie qui n'avait jamais vu ce film.
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