Won't Back Down
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  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2012
English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Surround
English, French, Spanish


OSCAR® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis* lead a stellar cast in this rousing drama inspired by actual events. Frustrated by her dyslexic daughter’s struggles at a failing inner-city school, Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) tries to enroll her somewhere else. When this fails, Jamie recruits a disillusioned but caring teacher (Davis) to try to fix the broken school. Soon, the women find themselves in a tense battle against apathy, hopelessness, and powerful interests. OSCAR® Winner Holly Hunter and OSCAR ® Nominee Rosie Perez** also star in this inspiring story that shows how profoundly parents can affect their kids’ education.

*Maggie Gyllenhaal: 2009, Supporting Actress, Crazy Heart; Viola Davis: 2011, Actress, The Help; 2008, Supporting Actress, Doubt. **Holly Hunter: 1993, Actress, The Piano. Rosie Perez: 1993 Supporting Actress, Fearless.

Disc Information

**Theatrical Feature

**Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Daniel Barnz
**A Tribute to Teachers
**The Importance of Education
**Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Barnz
**Theatrical Trailer
**Sneak Peek

Cast & Crew

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jamie
Jamie Fitzpatrick
Viola Davis ... Nona
Nona Alberts
Lance Reddick ... Charles Alberts
Oscar Isaac ... Michael Perry
Rosie Perez ... Breena Harper
Holly Hunter ... Evelyn Riske
Emily Alyn Lind ... Malia Fitzpatrick


Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor | September 28, 2012

Social-issue movies can have real societal impact. That's why Won't Back Down, which presses a lot of hot buttons, deserves to be taken seriously, and criticized seriously, on its own terms.

Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle | September 28, 2012

"Won't Back Down" details a bureaucratic process, and yet it plays more like an intense, emotional movie about parents and children.

Kyle Smith New York Post | September 28, 2012

The film makes a serious effort to present the other side's points.

Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service | September 27, 2012

The big moments work, the big scenes pay off and the big emotions are earned in this plucky movie about a couple of people realizing that they can make a difference.


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