Won't Back Down

September 28th 2012
  • Drama,
  • PG,
  • 98 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ving Rhames, Viola Davis, Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac, Lance Reddick, Rosie Perez, Emily Alyn Lind, Bill Nunn, Sara Lindsey, Liza Colón-Zayas, Dante Brown, Jennifer Massey, Stephen Weigand, Franklin Ojeda Smith, John W. Iwanonkiw, Rebecca Harris, Keith Flippen, Sarab Kamoo, Joe Coyle, Jaishon Fisher, Dionne Audain, Teri Clark, Elisa Perry, Jack Walz, James Werley, Phil Nardozzi, Reavis Graham, Toni Romano, Kevin Jiggetts, Juan-Pablo Veza, Richard Barlow, Lucia Forte, Nancy Bach, Sharyn Kmieciak, Susan Kiskis, Chad Church, Jane Mowder
  • Director: Daniel Barnz
  • Writers: Daniel Barnz, Brin Hill
  • Producer: Mark Johnson
  • Executive Producers: Ron Schmidt, Tom Williams
  • Art Direction: Gary Kosko
  • Castings: Julie Madison, Laura Rosenthal
  • Costume Design: Luca Mosca
  • D.O.P.: Roman Osin
  • Editor: Kristina Boden
  • Makeup: Rachel Kick
  • Music: Marcelo Zarvos
  • Production Design: Rusty Smith
  • Set Decoration: Diana Stoughton


Two determined mothers with children who are failing in an inner city school in Pittsburgh join forces to take back the school, and turn it into a place of learning. But before they can change the school for the better, they must first battle the parents, the school board, and the teachers union. Because this is for their children, they won't back down from this enormous challenge.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Pittsburgh, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements and language
  • Production Budget: $25 million
  • Production Companies: Walden Media
  • Production Schedule: May 23 2011 - July 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "With Davis a likely Oscar nominee and potential Oscar winner for her work in "The Help", opening this inspirational drama a month later seems like a smart move on the part of Walden Media and Fox.

Previously titled "Still I Rise" and "Learning to Fly", the based on a true story tale follows two strong mothers - one lower class, one upper class - who channel their frustration into action and join forces to transform an inner-city school to make a difference in the education and the lives of their children.

"Beastly" and "Phoebe in Wonderland" helmer Barnz directs the Pittsburgh-set sub-$20 million film which is also said to focus on America's educational crisis as a whole. But it's the presence and promise of Davis, Gyllenhaal and Hunter together that makes this sound more appealing than the Lifetime movie it probably would otherwise appear to be."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 4 October 2012: Kuwait
  • 19 October 2012: Taiwan
  • 25 April 2013: Germany