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Half Nelson (3-Aug-2006)

Director: Ryan Fleck

Writers: Anna Boden; Ryan Fleck

Music: Broken Social Scene

Producers: Jamie Patricof; Alex Orlovsky; Lynette Howell; Anna Boden; Rosanne Korenberg

Keywords: Sports Drama, Wrestling, Drug Addiction

A drug-addled Brooklyn middle school teacher forms a friendship with a student aware of his troubled personal life.

Dan Dunne is the picture of perfection at his workplace, captivating his history students in a troubled inner-city school while coaching the girl's basketball team. Dan's personal life leaves much to be desired, however; mired in an on-again, off-again relationship with hard drugs, he struggles to maintain regular contact with his family, perpetually teetering on the brink of checking into a rehab facility. Drey, a student of Dan's and member of his basketball team, catches her "perfect" teacher and coach smoking crack in a school bathroom one day, opting to form a friendship with him borne out of sympathy owing to similar troubles within her own family.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ryan Gosling
12-Nov-1980   Murder by Numbers
Anthony Mackie
23-Sep-1979   The Manchurian Candidate
Denis O'Hare
17-Jan-1962   Larry Harvey on American Horror Story
Jay O. Sanders
16-Apr-1953   Steve Kordo on Crime Story
Tristan Wilds
15-Jul-1989   Dixon Wilson on 90210


Ryan Gosling   ...   Dan Dunne
Jeff Lima   ...   Roodly
Shareeka Epps   ...   Drey
Nathan Corbett   ...   Terrance
Tyra Kwao-Vovo   ...   Stacy
Rosemary Ledee   ...   Gina
Tristan Wilds   ...   Jamal
Bryce Silver   ...   Bernard
Kaela C. Pabon   ...   Lena
Erika Rivera   ...   Erika
Stephanie Bast   ...   Vanessa
Eleanor Hutchins   ...   Simone
Sebastian Sozzi   ...   Javier
Tina Holmes   ...   Rachel
Karen Chilton   ...   Karen
Kitty   ...   Dave The Cat
Starla Benford   ...   Principal Henderson
Anthony Mackie   ...   Frank
Denis O'Hare   ...   Jimbo
Monique Gabriela Curnen   ...   Isabel
Deidre Goodwin   ...   Tina
Collins Pennie   ...   Mike
Thaddeus Daniels   ...   Referee
Susan Kerner   ...   Motel Slow Dancer
Ray Anthony Thomas   ...   Earle
Stanton Davis, Jr.   ...   Trumpet Player
Ron Cephas Jones   ...   Mr. Dickson
Christopher Williamson   ...   Charles
Leslie Eva Glaser   ...   Rose
Sharon Washington   ...   Suzanne
Deborah Rush   ...   Jo Dunne
Jay Sanders   ...   Russ Dunne
Nicole Vicius   ...   Cindy
David Easton   ...   Jeff Dunne
Adepero Oduye   ...   Crack Smoker
Katie Nehra   ...   Woman with Camera
Steve Kursh   ...   Man on Bed
Matt Kerr   ...   Mr. Light


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