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Half Nelson full movie is released on Sep 22, 2006. Watch Half Nelson online - the English Drama movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $4,660,481. Half Nelson is directed by Ryan Fleck and created by Ryan Fleck with Ryan Gosling and Jeff Lima. Half Nelson is available online on fuboTV and Peacock.

Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. To the chagrin of his superiors, Dan bucks the outlined curriculum of historical facts in favor of the philosophy of historical events, generally discussing the concept of dialectics. As such, he captures the imagination of his students, at least in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Although his former girlfriend Rachel was able to clean up her drug habit, Dan believes that rehab will not work for him. Due to a combination of these issues, he treats women poorly. Thirteen-year-old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Her parents are divorced, with her father a virtually non-existent figure in her life and her EMT mother generally absent as she is always working to provide for Drey. Her older brother Mike is incarcerated for selling drugs for a local dealer named Frank. Mike took the fall for Frank, who in turn protects Drey whether she wants to be associated with him or not. Dan and Drey's relationship changes when Drey catches Dan, believing he is alone, smoking crack in the girl's locker room bathroom. He is totally stoned. Their resulting friendship, which is seen as inappropriate by the few who know, is based on each being unable to deal with their own life, but feeling like they can be at least a minor salvation in the other's life.

As know as:

Half Nelson - Encurralados, Tepetaklak Nelson, Puse Nelsono, Полу-Нельсон, Yarim öğretmen

Release Date:

Jan 23, 2006

Release Date (Streaming):

Feb 13, 2007


United States



Production Companies:

Hunting Lane Films, Journeyman Pictures, Silverwood Films

Gross worldwide:



Secrets don't let go.


Bob Mondello
Ryan Gosling's self-destructive teacher is easily the year's most mesmerizing character study. And he's hardly the only reason to see this film. Shareeka Epps anchors her scenes as Drey with a self-possession way beyond her years.
by rottentomatoes, Oct 18, 2008
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
It's hardly a film which trumpets its virtues but that's part of the pleasure to be had from it. It doesn't know how good it is.
by rottentomatoes, Apr 27, 2007
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
It's impressively adult, sure-footed filmmaking, and that Best Actor nod was definitely deserved.
by rottentomatoes, Apr 20, 2007

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