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Won't Back Down

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Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz (2012)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This cheesily heart-warming tale of American parent power stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as chalk-and-cheese mums who team up to take on the entrenched and toxic bureaucracy at their kids' failing inner-city elementary school. Their plan: to assume control of the establishment, give it a revamp, then run it themselves along more enlightened lines. The film is a little heavy-handed, more than a little corny and a touch too long, not to mention being rooted in an education system that is very different to ours this side of the pond. But it has its heart in the right place and is passionately acted, while the themes explored are universal enough to make this worth the watch.


The mother of a dyslexic child is unable to get her daughter transferred out of her failing inner-city school, so instead resolves to improve its standards. She finds an ally in a teacher, and together they take on bureaucracy and the apathy of their fellow parents to give their children a better education. Fact-based drama, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.

Cast & Crew

Jamie Fitzpatrick Maggie Gyllenhaal
Nona Alberts Viola Davis
Michael Perry Oscar Isaac
Evelyn Riske Holly Hunter
Breena Harper Rosie Perez
Malia Fitzpatrick Emily Alyn Lind
Cody Alberts Dante Brown
Charles Alberts Lance Reddick
Principal Thompson Ving Rhames
Principal Holland Bill Nunn
Director Daniel Barnz
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Walt Disney Guidance: Some swearing. Released on: 25 Jan 2013


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