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Freedom Writers / Paramount Pictures presents in association with MTV Films a Jersey Films/Double Feature Films production ; directed by Richard LaGravenese ; screenplay by Richard LaGravenese ; produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher ; produced in association with Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft mbh & Co

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Material Type
DVD
Uniform Title
Freedom writers (Motion picture)
Publication Info.
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2007]
Publication Info.
©2007

Details

Edition
Widescreen.
Description
1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Playing Time
020200
Physical Medium
4 3/4 in
Description
digital optical surround Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 rda
NTSC rda
DVD NTSC rda
video file DVD video region 1 rda
System Details
DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 Surround.
Language
In English or dubbed French with optional English subtitles ; closed-captioned in English.
Cast
Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Lee Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jaclyn Ngan, Sergio Montalvo, Jason Finn, Deance Wyatt, Vanetta Smith, Gabriel Chavarria, Hunter Parrish.
Credits
Director of photography, Jim Denault ; editor, David Moritz ; music, Mark Isham, RZA ; costume designer, Cindy Evans ; production designer, Laurence Bennett.
Note
Based on the book "The Freedom Writers diary: how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them" by the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell.
Originally released in 2007 as motion picture.
Summary
A true story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they've always needed, a voice. Erin Gruwell comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism. She quickly discovers that her unruly classroom is not 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, This assignment is something that the class can bite into with relish. This eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. Draws heavily from the published journals of the real students themselves.
Note
Special features: commentary by director Richard LaGravenese and actor Hilary Swank; deleted scenes (11 min.); "Making a dream" (6 min.); "Freedom Writers family" (20 min.); theatrical trailer (3 min.); "Freedom Writers: the story behind the story" (10 min.); photo gallery.
Access
For private home use only.
Audience
MPAA rating: PG-13; for violent content, some thematic material and language.
Contents
War has been declared -- Welcome to Freshman English -- Tribes -- Borders -- You don't know me -- The line -- War stories -- Permission -- Tolerance -- Home -- The diary -- Heroes -- Courage -- Who would you pick? -- Blessed with a burden -- Our own voices -- End titles.
Subject
Gruwell, Erin -- Drama.
Gruwell, Erin.
Education, Urban -- California -- Drama.
Teacher-student relationships -- California -- Drama.
Student publications -- California -- Drama.
High school students -- California -- Social conditions -- Drama.
Education, Urban.
High school students -- Social conditions.
Student publications.
Teacher-student relationships.
California.
Genre/Form
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Feature films -- Germany.
Feature films -- United States.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Drama.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author
DeVito, Danny,
Shamberg, Michael,
Sher, Stacey,
LaGravenese, Richard,
Swank, Hilary,
Dempsey, Patrick, 1966-
Glenn, Scott, 1942-
Staunton, Imelda, 1956-
Hernandez, April Lee,
Mario, 1986-
Herrera, Kristin,
Ngan, Jaclyn,
Montalvo, Sergio,
Wyatt, Deance,
Smith, Vanetta,
Chavarria, Gabriel,
Parrish, Hunter, 1987-
Gruwell, Erin,
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Freedom Writers. Freedom Writers diary.
Paramount Pictures Corporation,
Double Feature Films,
MTV Films (Firm),
Jersey Films,
Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & Company,
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm),
Added Title
Container of (work): Freedom writers (Motion picture)
Container of (expressoin): Freedom writers (Motion picture). French.
ISBN
141573111X
9781415731116
Standard No.
097363465041
883929310920
Music No.
34650 Paramount Home Entertainment
34650A Paramount Home Entertainment
34650B Paramount Home Entertainment