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Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story (2005)

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TV Movie | 120 min | Biography, Drama

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...See moreBased 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. See less
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Gordon Wilding (as Gord Wilding)
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Aug 22, 2005 (United States)

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Jami Gertz
Marilyn Gambrell Marilyn Gambrell   See fewer
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Ernie Hudson
Perry Beasley Perry Beasley   See fewer
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Eugene Clark
Reginald Spivey Reginald Spivey   See fewer
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Sicily Johnson
Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell) Lisa Jones (as Sicily Sewell)   See fewer
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Stacy Meadows
Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.) Cody (as Stacy Meadows Jr.)   See fewer
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Edwin Hodge
Darnell Darnell   See fewer
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Zak Santiago
Ed Rivera Ed Rivera   See fewer
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Regine Nehy
Valerie Valerie   See fewer
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Michasha Armstrong
Frank, Jamal's Stepfather Frank, Jamal's Stepfather   See fewer
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Ron Carothers
Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers) Jamal's Father (as Ronald Carothers)   See fewer
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Kaya Coleman
Little Kid Little Kid   See fewer
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Jorge Vargas
Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.) Miguel (as Jorgito Vargas Jr.)   See fewer
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Pamela Crawford
Grandmother Grandmother   See fewer
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Andrea D'Amours
Waitress Waitress   See fewer
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Skerivet Daramola
Defense Attorney Defense Attorney   See fewer
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Karen Glave
Annette Huges Annette Huges   See fewer
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Stephen Hair
District Attorney District Attorney   See fewer
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Adrian Holmes
Lawrence - Lisa's Father Lawrence - Lisa's Father   See fewer
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Karen Holness
Alice Craig Alice Craig   See fewer
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Shaun Johnston
Mr. Pettit Mr. Pettit   See fewer
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Joyce Kim
Chrissie Chrissie   See fewer
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Terry King
Prison Warden Prison Warden   See fewer
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Tim Koetting
Mr. Lazar Mr. Lazar   See fewer
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Terrance Morris
Prisoner #1 (as Terrence Morris) Prisoner #1 (as Terrence Morris)   See fewer
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Celine Nyange
Young Black Girl Young Black Girl   See fewer
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Pamela Parker
Jamal's Mother Jamal's Mother   See fewer
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Klodyne Rodney
Valerie's Mother Valerie's Mother   See fewer
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Ron Selmour
Ronald, Valerie's Stepfather Ronald, Valerie's Stepfather   See fewer
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Tefari Thompson
Street Guy Street Guy   See fewer
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Lucia Walters
Janelle - Lisa's Mother Janelle - Lisa's Mother   See fewer
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Keith White
Neighbor Neighbor   See fewer
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Robert 'Moses' White
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Gerrick Winston
Prisoner #2 Prisoner #2   See fewer
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Marilyn Gambrell
Ms. Carter - Assembly Teacher Ms. Carter - Assembly Teacher   See fewer
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Michael-Ann Connor
Venus (as Michael Ann Connor) Venus (as Michael Ann Connor)   See fewer
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Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 284 votes