Half Nelson Movie


Half Nelson

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2006 | R | Drama | 1hr, 46m

The drama follows a unique relationship between a white schoolteacher, his African-American student and a local drug dealer.

U.S. Release Date

Half Nelson release date was Friday, August 11, 2006.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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Directed by

Ryan Fleck


Ryan Fleck
Anna Boden



Rating MPAA

R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality


Dan Dunne is an idealistic inner-city junior high school teacher. Although he can get it together in the classroom, he spends his time outside school on the edge of consciousness. He juggles his hangovers and his homework, keeping his lives precariously separated, until one of his troubled students, Drey, catches him in a compromising situation. From this awkward beginning, Dan and Drey stumble into an unexpected friendship that threatens either to undo them, or to provide the vital change they both need to move forward in their lives.

Trivia & Production Notes

  • The film is a full-length version of the previous Sundance-winning short "Gowanus, Brooklyn."

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