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Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Erin Gruwell's best-seller The Freedom Writer's Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wasn't about to go down without a fight. Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well. Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:January 5, 2007


Hilary Swank
as Erin Gruwell
Scott Glenn
as Steve Gruwell
Imelda Staunton
as Margaret Vail
Patrick Dempsey
as Scott Casey
as Andre
Robert Wisdom
as Dr. Carl John
John Benjamin Hickey
as Brian Gelford
Pat Carroll
as Miep Gies
Hunter Parrish
as Ben
Kristin Herrera
as Gloria
Sergio Montalvo
as Alejandro
Deance Wyatt
as Jamal
Vanetta Smith
as Brandy
Gabriel Chavarria
as Tito
Antonio Garcia
as Miguel
Angela Alvarado
as Eva's Mother
Anh Nguyen
as Sindy's Boyfriend
Liisa Cohen
as Brandy's Mother
Tim Halligan
as Principal Banning
Lisa Banes
as Karin Polachek
Giselle Bonilla
as Young Eva
Blake Hightower
as Olive
Angela Sargeant
as Marcus' Mother
Robin Skye
as PTA Mom
Chil Kong
as Store Owner
Juan Garcia
as Defense Attorney
Larry Cahn
as Prosecutor
Sharaud Moore
as Hall Monitor
Abel Soto
as Gang Member
Randy Hall
as Cop #2
Carl Paoli
as Cop #3
Dominic Daniel
as Drug Dealer
Cody Chappel
as Bookstore Clerk
Renee Firestone
as Herself (Holocaust Survivor)
Eddie Ilam
as Himself (Holocaust Survivor)
Elisabeth Mann
as Herself (Holocaust Survivor)
Gloria Ungar
as Herself (Holocaust Survivor)


Richard LaGravenese
Stacey Sher
Danny DeVito
Michael Shamberg
Erin Gruwell
Book Author
Richard LaGravenese
Jim Denault
Mary Ramos
Musical Direction/Supervision
Composer (Music Score)
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
David Moritz
Laurence Bennett
Production Designer
Peter Borck
Art Director
Jordana Glick-Franzheim
Associate Producer
Nan Morales
Executive Producer
Tracy Durning
Executive Producer
Hilary Swank
Executive Producer
Thomas Betts
Set Designer
Linda Sutton
Set Decorator
Cindy Evans
Costume Designer
David Parker
Sound/Sound Designer
Donald Sparks
First Assistant Director
Geoff Haley
Camera Operator
Margery Simkin
William Morts
Stunts Coordinator
Tom Mertz
Special Effects Coordinator
Mike Nowak
Louis di Cesare
Chief Lighting Technician
Tena Austin
Yvonne DePatis Kupka
Hair Styles
Miri Ben-Ari
Musical Performer
Tina Anderson
Post Production Supervisor
Marisa Aboitiz
Costumes Supervisor
Peter Maunu
Musical Performer
Per Hallberg
Supervising Sound Editor
Nan Morales
Second Unit Director
Leigh Shanta
Unit Production Manager
Debra Denson
Edson Williams
Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Millan
Re-Recording Mixer
Mary Lum
Hair Styles
Theraesa Rivers
Hair Styles
Kentaro Yano