Freedom Writers (2007)

Director
Richard LaGravenese

Main cast
Hilary Swank; Patrick Dempsey; Scott Glenn; Imelda Staunton; April Lee Hernandez

Genres
Crime, Drama

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


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