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Ryan Gosling gives an award-winning performance as a young teacher leading a double life in Half Nelson, arriving on DVD February 13, 2007 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. By day, Dan Dunne (Gosling) struggles to reach the underprivileged, predominantly African-American students in his Brooklyn classroom. By night, he struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction. When the walls between those two lives crumble and a troubled student (Shareeka Epps) discovers his secret, the two form an unlikely friendship that could have potentially life-altering consequences for them both. Starring Ryan Gosling (The Notebook), introducing Shareeka Epps in a brilliant debut performance and Anthony Mackie (Million Dollar Baby), Half Nelson is directed by Ryan Fleck and will be available for the SRP of $26.96.
Praised as "terrifically compelling" (New York magazine) and given "two big thumbs up" (Richard Roeper and guest critic, "Ebert & Roeper"), Half Nelson won Best Film at the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival, Best Actor (Gosling) at the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and most recently was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director (Fleck), Best First Screenplay (Fleck along with co-writer Anna Boden), Best Male Lead (Gosling) and Best Female Lead (Epps).
Dan Dunne (Gosling) struggles every day to reach the middle-school students he teaches in a rough section of Brooklyn. His unconventional methods seem to work, but they also draw the ire of his principal. Outside the classroom, Dunne's alcoholism and drug use continue to escalate, and the walls between his two lives crumble when one of his students, Drey (Epps), discovers his secret. As the two develop an unlikely friendship, Dan warily dates a fellow teacher and Drey navigates life with a deadbeat father, a jailed brother, and Frank (Mackie), a drug dealer with a troubling connection to her family. Half Nelson is an intense, gritty drama with powerful, heralded performances from Ryan Gosling and newcomer Shareeka Epps.
Half Nelson was directed by Ryan Fleck, who co-wrote the screenplay with producer Anna Boden, and stars Ryan Gosling (The Notebook), and introducing Shareeka Epps and Anthony Mackie (Million Dollar Baby). Half Nelson has a run time of 107 minutes, and is rated R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality.
- Commentary with the filmmakers
- Deleted scenes
- Run Time: 107 minutes
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Half Nelson was released August 11th, 2006 and stars Ryan Gosling, Jeff Lima, Shareeka Epps, Nathan Corbett, Tyra Kwao-Vovo, Rosemary Ledee, Tristan Wilds, Bryce Silver. The film is directed by Ryan Fleck.