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Won't Back Down (2012)

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Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

Director:

Daniel Barnz
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jamie Fitzpatrick
Viola Davis ... Nona Alberts
Oscar Isaac ... Michael Perry
Holly Hunter ... Evelyn Riske
Rosie Perez ... Breena Harper
Emily Alyn Lind ... Malia Fitzpatrick
Dante Brown ... Cody Alberts
Lance Reddick ... Charles Alberts
Ving Rhames ... Principal Thompson
Bill Nunn ... Principal Holland
Ned Eisenberg ... Arthur Gould
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Olivia Lopez
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Yvonne
Nancy Bach Nancy Bach ... Deborah
Keith Flippen ... Ben
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Storyline

Two determined mothers with children who are failing in an inner city school in Pittsburgh join forces to take back the school, and turn it into a place of learning. But before they can change the school for the better, they must first battle the parents, the school board, and the teachers union. Because this is for their children, they won't back down from this enormous challenge. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Taglines:

If you can't beat the system... change it

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luta Por Um Ideal See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,603,370, 30 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,308,553, 18 November 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Holly Hunter and Viola Davis; and three Oscar nominees: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Rosie Perez. See more »

Quotes

Jamie Fitzpatrick: I've just never been able to talk smart people into doing things before.
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Connections

References The Stepford Wives (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

"San Francisco Moon'
Written and Performed by Adam Saunders
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Just because it's based on facts, doesn't make it a good movie.
1 October 2012 | by raisleygordonSee all my reviews

The opening scene suggests this could be a satisfying movie. Sadly, that is not the case. The problem is, Davis and Gyllenhaal lack chemistry, the characters are shallow, and while the movie isn't unbelievable, it's not believable either. There are some powerful moments, but nowhere near enough for a recommendation. It's also extremely low-key, and most of it feels like a filmed rehearsal. There's no real acting here, because everyone in the movie seems like they're just going through the motions and phoning it in. Because I didn't have high hopes for it, I can't really call it a disappointment. Reversing the two leads' roles, having stronger writing, and a stronger screenplay might have helped.

** out of ****


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