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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)

Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of ... See full summary »

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Andy Wolk

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Andy Wolk, Peter Wolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jami Gertz ... Marilyn Gambrell
Ernie Hudson ... Perry Beasley
Eugene Clark ... Reginald Spivey
Sicily Johnson ... Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell)
Stacy Meadows Stacy Meadows ... Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.)
Trent Cameron Trent Cameron ... Jamal
Edwin Hodge ... Darnell
Zak Santiago ... Ed Rivera
Regine Nehy ... Valerie
Michasha Armstrong ... Frank, Jamal's Stepfather
James Baker James Baker ... Cop
Ron Carothers Ron Carothers ... Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers)
Kaya Coleman ... Little Kid
Jorge Vargas ... Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)
Pamela Crawford Pamela Crawford ... Grandmother
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Based on a true story, former parole officer Marilyn Gambrell and a colleague set up a pioneer trial-based program in one of America's toughest high schools to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their own lives and not expect the same thing to happen as it did to their parents. To the surprise of everyone, the program works, but the administration warns the duo that it will not last unless every senior student is able to pass his or her final exams and graduate with the class. As the end of the school year approaches, Gambrell faces a crisis to save everything she believes in or lose it all.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No More Victims See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Cody: Don't you *ever* talk about my mother!
[shouts]
Cody: Ever!
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Soundtracks

Soar
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Written by Christina Aguilera, Rob Hoffman and Heather Holley
Courtesy of RCA
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Recommended
28 August 2005 | by FKrouseSee all my reviews

This movie is good. Strong script and well acted. Must see especially if you liked Dangerous Minds. Marilyn Gambrell is an inspiration and strives to make a difference in the community she comes from. Gambrell a former parole officer, and a former co worker, gets involved with the students from Smiley High School. Gambrell a white female, is seen as an outsider and has to earn the respect of the students. Her main focus is on children of parent or parents whom are in jail. She is hoping to break the chain, so future children will not end up in prison. She strives to show each child they are loved and no longer victims. She has started a foundation, No More Victims. Emotional scenes in this movie were portrayed very well. I highly recommend.


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