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Title Freedom Writers [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures, Double Feature Films, MTV Films, Jersey Films, Kernos Filmproduktiosgesellschaft & Company ; produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher ; screenplay by Richard LaGravenese ; directed by Richard LaGravenese.

Imprint Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    FRE    Available
Description 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.
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.
Special features: Feature-length commentary by director Richard LaGravenese and actor Hilary Swank; deleted scenes; featurettes; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.
Credits Director of photography, Jim Denault ; editor, David Moritz ; music, Mark Isham, RZA ; costume designer, Cindy Evans ; production designer, Laurence Bennett.
Cast Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Lee Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jacklyn Ngan, Sergio Montalvo, Jason Finn, Deance Wyatt, Vanetta Smith, Gabriel Chavarria, Hunter Parrish.
Summary 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.
Audience MPAA rating: PG-13; for violent content, some thematic material and language.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Language English or dubbed French dialogue, optional English subtitles ; closed-captioned.
Subject Gruwell, Erin -- Drama.
Freedom Writers -- Drama.
Education, Urban -- California -- Drama.
Teacher-student relationships -- California -- Drama.
Student publications -- California -- Drama.
High school students -- California -- Social conditions -- Drama.
Genre/Form Melodramas (Motion pictures)
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, 1953-
Hernandez, April Lee.
Herrera, Kristin.
Ngan, Jacklyn.
Montalvo, Sergio.
Wyatt, Deance.
Smith, Vanetta.
Chavarria, Gabriel.
Parrish, Hunter, 1987-
Gruwell, Erin
DeVito, Danny Producer.
Shamberg, Michael Producer.
Sher, Stacey Producer.
LaGravenese, Richard Screenwriter. Director.
Freedom Writers
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Double Feature Films
MTV Films (Firm)
Jersey Films.
Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & Company.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN 141573111X
Standard No. 097363465041
Music No. 34650 Paramount Home Entertainment

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