Freedom Writers | 2007

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

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Main Plot

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


  • Hilary Swank plays the role of a teacher who inspires her students to overcome adversity through writing and education.
  • Imelda Staunton portrays the role of Margaret Campbell, a strict and skeptical teacher who eventually supports the students.
  • Patrick Dempsey plays the role of Scott Casey, a supportive husband to the main character Erin Gruwell in Freedom Writers.

Ending Explained

In the ending of Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell successfully transforms her high school students' lives through writing and empathy. The students graduate and pursue higher education, overcoming their troubled backgrounds and gang affiliations. Erin's dedication to her students helps them realize their potential and break free from the cycle of violence and poverty. The film concludes with a powerful message of hope, unity, and the transformative power of education.

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Richard LaGravenese Hilary Swank Imelda Staunton Patrick Dempsey