Hallmark Hall of Fame
Previously Titled: Crew Six
Original Air Date: April 22, 2012
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... "DJ" Dwayne Johnson
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Caroline
DeWanda Wise ... Terry Easle
Sharon Morris ... Mrs. Hudlin
Maria Howell ... Mrs. Easle
Vickie Eng ... Mrs. Wang
Nicky Buggs ... Melanie Johnson
Bruce McKinnon ... Captain Kelly
Emily Tremaine ... Amy Scott
Michael H. Cole ... Math Teacher
Stephen David Calhoun ... Police Officer
John Crow ... News Anchor
Julie Ivey ... Adrienne Carter
Cindy L. Jefferson ... Correction Officer
Yakini Horn ... Keisha Daniels
from Press Release:
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Dwayne Johnson ("DJ"), a counselor at a youth correctional facility. The incarcerated girls and young women come from troubled - often violent -- backgrounds. Many of them belong to gangs and have been involved with illegal drugs - as users and/or dealers. In the words of DJ, "They come in [here] so broken... These are girls who've been abused and objectified their whole lives."
Salvation for many of the young women comes when they join an elite band of volunteers who battle forest fires, build hiking trails in remote areas and assist during natural disasters. The volunteers have to survive several weeks of rigorous training, they have to be in peak physical condition and have to learn how to work as a team, often in life-threatening situations.
DJ explains that he developed the volunteer force "because I wanted to change the way these girls see themselves. To feel strong. To see other people respecting their strength." In the words of Cuba Gooding Jr., "These women fought to save lives. They ended up saving their own."
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"There isn’t much you can do when a young person decides to throw away their life – even if it is a life riddled with broken hearts. As a counselor at a correctional facility, D.J. (Cuba Gooding Jr.) doesn’t have an easy job. Every day, he sees broken young people... "
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