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Genre Drama
Running Time 121 min
Release Date Sep 28, 2012
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Won't Back Down

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers­, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. This powerful story of parenthood, friendship and courage mirrors events that are making headlines daily.

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September 28, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

Is there an actress able to do bone-deep exhaustion better than Viola Davis? In “Won’t Back Down,” she plays Nona Alberts, a third-grade teacher in a crumbling Pittsburgh elementary school. Her marriage is on the rocks and her son (Dante Brown) is struggling in class for reasons that are initially mysterious. She is the very face of the Burned-Out Educator, but, as she did in “The Help,” Davis is able to take a cliché and render it unexpectedly human. Nona’s so spiritually depleted, I wanted to lie down and take a nap. You can tell she once cared, and that it once hurt her to stop caring. Now she no longer even cares about that.

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