Won’t Back Down Blu-Ray Giveaway!

by Alli on January 15, 2013

Won't Back Down Blu-Ray Did you see the movie Don’t Back Down? Here, Fox helps us count down the Top 10 influential teachers in film:

Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) is one of those teachers who cares and strives to make a difference. 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.

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 (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.

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.

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 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 ban together to give him a goodbye he’ll never forget: playing his orchestral piece (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”).

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.

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 (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.

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 (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.

To help everyone appreciate the teacher in their life, I am giving one lucky winner a copy of the movie “Won’t Back Down” on Blu-Ray!

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1 Julie Wood January 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I like the teacher Nona Alberts played by Viola Davis. This movie looks so interesting, and I would love to see it. Thanks for the chance to win!

2 Puja January 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Jaime Escalante

3 steve weber January 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

mr holland from mr holland’s opus

4 Kim C January 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Mr Holland

5 Cheryl Abdelnour January 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I liked Anne Bancroft who played Anne Sullivan in the true story of Helen Keller.

6 Ger January 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Robin Williams as John Keating.

7 Amy W. January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Dewey Finn is my favorite.

8 Debby Chandler January 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

my favorite is Anne Sullivan.

9 Marissa M January 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Ms. Norbury

10 Louis January 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

John Keating :)
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
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11 Denise beeman January 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Mr. Holland!

12 C.j. January 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Jaime Escalante!

13 Eileen Gassman January 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Tough choice! Mr Holland was quite wonderful.

14 Jennifer January 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Ms. Norbury

15 Lori Thomas January 16, 2013 at 1:26 am

Mr. Holland

16 Stephanie January 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

Ms. Norbury

17 Jennifer T. January 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

Ms. Norbury is my favorite.
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18 shannon oelrich January 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

I cant believe the teacher from clueless made the list and the Dangerous minds teacher did not. So from the list I would have to say Jack black.

19 Amy Orvin January 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Ms. Geist (Twink Caplan)

20 sandra davis January 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Nona Alberts (Viola Davis)

21 ryan minton January 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Roberta Guaspari because meryl streep did a wonderful job portraying her

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22 Daniel M January 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

John Keating (Robin Williams)

23 Patricia Wojnar Crowley January 17, 2013 at 7:11 am

John Keating (Robin Williams)

24 Rhonda January 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

Would love to own a copy of this Movie. for my movie night

25 Brittney House January 17, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Mr. Holland

26 Rebecca R January 18, 2013 at 1:47 am

Definitely Robin Williams as John Keating. I loved Dead Poets Society, and still do.

27 diane Baum January 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

robin Williams being John keatings

28 Edie R January 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Roberta Guaspari

29 Charlene S January 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

Mr. Holland

30 Christy Anderson January 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Dewey Finn from School of Rock! I love that movie!

31 cheryl January 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

I’d pick mr holland

32 Jennifer Rogers January 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

Mr. Holland would be my favorite from the list above!

33 Jill Myrick January 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Mr. Holland was my favorite .

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34 Susan Redfearn January 21, 2013 at 12:08 am

Mr. Holland from Dead Poets Society was the most influential movie I’ve seen before Won’t Back Down!

35 Lindsay January 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Dangerous Minds

36 Michelle Tucker January 22, 2013 at 1:43 am

Jaime Escalante

37 Rosey January 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

Jaime Escalante

38 Susan Smith January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

John Keating (Robin Williams)

39 Lori P January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Anne Sullivan

40 Chris January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I like the teacher Nona Alberts played by Viola Davis. Would love to see it!

41 Jackie January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Jaime Escalante (portrayed by Edward James Olmos)

42 Natalie January 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Jack black as
Dewey Finn

43 Samii Meyer January 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Ms. Geist from Clueless.

44 Vikki Billings January 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Jaime Escalante

45 Cindy Sto January 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I am a student teacher, and my fellow students and I wanna get together for a night in with this movie!! :D

46 Danielle Wood January 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

dewey finn!

47 Laurie Emerson January 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Anne Sullivan

48 Charlene Kuser January 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

John Keating (Robin Williams) is my favorite

49 Joy Q January 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

John Keating

50 Sand January 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Anne Sullivan.

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