Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Won't Back Down - Blu-ray Giveaway


Won’t Back Down will be available on Blu-ray and DVD January 15th.  Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) is one of those teachers who cares and strives to make a difference. Here, we’ll count down the Top 10 influential teachers in film including those in Mr. Holland’s Opus, Stand and Deliver and Music of the Heart.

Oscar® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in this empowering drama inspired by actual events. Hard-working single mom Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) is concerned that John Adams Elementary is letting her daughter down. Teaming with a caring teacher (Davis) who wants the best future for her own son, she sets out to improve attitudes and elevate the school’s academic standards. Despite the odds, with courage, hope and persistence, the women just might prevail in this uplifting film that also stars Rosie Perez and Academy Award® Winner Holly Hunter.

Inspirational Teachers In Film

Roberta Guaspari in Music of the Heart

Roberta Guaspari (portrayed by Meryl Streep) is a real violinist and teacher. Music of the Heart tells her story in which she takes on the task of teaching violin to group of students in Harlem. Though initially met by some resistance (from both of the students and their skeptical parents), Roberta is slowly able to make progress with the kids and the program becomes a success. However, 10 years later, the program is canceled due to budget cuts and Roberta loses her job. To fight back and keep music education going, Roberta and a group of supporters put on a concert to benefit the program and successfully reinstitute it.

Ms. Geist in Clueless

Ms. Geist (Twink Caplan) is one of Bronson Alcott High's teaching staff in 1995’s Clueless. Ms. Geist is a bit of a bleeding heart, and she tries desperately to get her stuck-up students to care about the rest of the world outside of Beverly Hills. Ms. Geist helps Cher (Alicia Silverstone) see that she can help others, and she ends up devoting her time to collecting goods for disaster relief.

Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver

Another real life teacher, Jaime Escalante (portrayed by Edward James Olmos) became a math teacher at a disadvantaged school in East Los Angeles. While his peers looked down on the kids at their school, Jaime believed that they could do more than the rudimentary math he had been teaching them, and began to prep his students for calculus. Ultimately, his students took the AP Calculus test and they all passed. However, their scores were called into question and they were accused of cheating. Jaime fought for his students to be able to retake the test to prove that their scores were based on hard work, not cheating. In the end, his students all pass a second time, proving that hard work and determination really does pay off.

Dewey Finn in School of Rock

Though not technically a teacher, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) impacts his students in School of Rock. After posing as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school, Dewey learns that his new pupils are talented musicians and decides to train them to be a rock band for an upcoming competition. He teaches them to love rock, and that there is more to life than school and grades.

Mr. Holland in Mr. Holland’s Opus

Mr. Holland originally becomes a music teacher in order to spend more time with his wife, and to compose a piece of music. However, as he spend more and more time in his school with the faculty and students, he begins to have a respect for teaching and really tries to get the students involved in classic music. He used rock and roll to teach them about classical compositions. After 30 years of service to his students, Mr. Holland and his music program are cut from the school’s budgets. However, his former students band together to give him a goodbye he’ll never forget: playing his orchestral piece (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”).

Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls

Ms. Norbury, played by the hilarious Tina Fey, is the sympathetic math teacher in the 2004 hit Mean Girl. Not only is Ms. Norbury unintentionally hilarious, but she also ushers Cady (Lindsay Lohan) away from the catty Plastics and into the Mathletes, and leads all the female students in a giant confession and apology to one another, and beseeches them to stop the girl on girl hate.

Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker

In 1962’s The Miracle Worker, Anne Bancroft plays Anne Sullivan in the true story of Helen Keller. Helen, frustrated by her inability to communicate due to being blind and deaf, was often prone to uncontrollable outbursts that her parents didn’t know how to manage. They called upon the Perkins School for the Blind, who sent Anne to work with Helen at her home. Through persistence and love, Anne is able to break down Helen’s walls and help her communicate.

John Keating in Dead Poets Society

John Keating (Robin Williams) is the radical new English teacher at the uptight Welton Academy Prep School. Through his unorthodox teaching methods, like standing on desks and tearing pages out of books, Keating is able to help his students discover and explore their true passions in life, like writing and acting, instead of succumbing to the lives their parents have prescribed for them.

Clément Mathieu in The Chorus

In The Chorus (or Les Choristes), Clément Mathieu is a new teacher at a school for boys who are ill behaved. The headmaster at the school ruthlessly punishes his pupils, but Mathieu attempts to win his students over with kindness and humor. Mathieu also starts a choir for the boys, which helps improve their behavior and makes the school a happier place to be overall.

Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter Series

Professor Dumbledore (portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon) is an astounding wizard who basically knows everything about everything. As a mentor to the young hero, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Dumbledore makes him learn many difficult lessons in order to prepare him for the challenges he will face, while still managing to crack a few jokes along the way.

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87 comments:

carolwegs said...

I loved Math when I was in school. thanks

Sacha Schroeder said...

I loved English!

Yona Williams said...

English and Art were my two favorite subjects.

Catie said...

My favorite subject was Spanish!

VickeC said...

Mine was history

DONNA CHEATLE said...

My favorite subject was math

Debby said...

My favorite subject was Algebra (and Art)

Elena said...

I liked history

Maria Gagliano said...

Biology

eclairre said...

English

Amanda Rauch said...

English, because i didn't have to put any effort into it.

katychick said...

i loved science
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Heather! said...

I loved English and Literature, and also Government.

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Jennifer T. said...

I liked English Languages.
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deanna said...

fave: math
xoxo

Stephanie said...

fav subject was math!

cjabdelnour said...

I LOVED HISTORY. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

Jessamine Dungo said...

I loved Algebra and Physics :)

alienxphile said...

Biology

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I loved math :)

bison61 said...

Math

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jakiesmom said...

history
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steve weber said...

Literature
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imbigwillie said...

Computer programming

Lisa R said...

Math

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AMY said...

My favorite was History. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Candie L said...

I loved history (but I am now a math teacher). Thank you

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kmcgrew213 said...

accounting was my favorite subject in school

Belinda M said...

English was my favorite subject

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theladya said...

I liked reading and writing. ~ Angie PreciselyMine

kathy pease said...

my favorite subject was science

MizVickik said...

I liked English best.
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Denise said...

Math, I'd say. Thanks for the giveaway!

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

was really good in English
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Natasha Dythia said...

Music

Mysharona said...

I loved math

Unknown said...

any computer class

Ryan said...

my favorite subject in school was english

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scottsgal said...

english - I loved reading and writing
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Kellie Terwin said...

English

Stephanie Larison said...

I always loved math!

Anastasia said...

Drama class was my favorite :)

Dianna said...

My favorite--and still is science and music--I can't imagine life without either

Sid said...

Maybe Journalism.

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Sarah Walker said...

My favorite subject in school was English.

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jlafount said...

Math but I wasn't good at it in later subjects

Erika P. said...

History and English

Think about it said...

my fav class was art.

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Sarh Snarski said...

My favorite subjects were Math and Science!

Racheal. said...

My favorite subject was English/language arts.

Adrienne said...

English

billwinsbig said...

art

Rebecca O said...

I always loved history and geography!!

Nickolay said...

I always liked English

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I loved math/

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Nicole C. said...

My favorite was History.

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Christine Jessamine said...

i loved history

Thomas Gibson said...

Health and Gym

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

My favorite subject in school was math.

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Debra said...

my favorite was history

Unknown said...

English all the way!!!

reddon30 said...

History for sure!!

deniseyweesy said...

History

Heidi Gray said...

History and English

saturdaynightfever said...

Geometry was my favorite subject!

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Kelly Nicholson said...

Leave a comment on this blog post with what your favorite subject was in school.

history..glad its in the history!

Charlene said...

Art was my fave subject :)

itsrob said...

anything to do with Math was my favorite

jandsfox_143 said...

English was my fav.
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Samii Alexxis said...

Art was always my favorite!

Betty C said...

I enjoyed English and Math because they were easy for me.

Alison said...

I always found History class fascinating.

Lisa Pecora said...

I liked Health

Michelle Dement said...

i loved biology

bac1 said...

psycology

Erica C. said...

I'd like science.
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Jennifer Q. said...

I liked Math class the most.

non_amos said...

My favorite subject was Science.

Susan Smoaks said...

my favorite subject is math
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Vikki Billings said...

My favorite was social studies
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Gianna said...

Earth science.

shanta spradlin said...

I disliked school until I got to high school and took food management

Penny B W said...

My favorite subject was English!

michedt said...

Anything science. I loved it all.
Michelle Tucker

rjcqh said...


Math was my favorite subject.

Breanne said...

Biology

Atreau said...

Sociology was my favorite.