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The Principal (1987)

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writer:

Frank Deese
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Rick Latimer (as James Belushi)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jake Phillips
Rae Dawn Chong ... Hilary Orozco
Michael Wright ... Victor Duncan
J.J. Cohen ... White Zac
Esai Morales ... Raymi Rojas
Troy Winbush ... 'Baby' Emile
Jacob Vargas ... Arturo Diego
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson ... Jojo
Kelly Jo Minter ... Treena Lester (as Kelly Minter)
Ruth Beckford Ruth Beckford ... Mrs. Jenkins
Julian Brooks Julian Brooks ... Kevin
Joan Valderrama Joan Valderrama ... Secretary
Rick Hamilton Rick Hamilton ... Mr. Harkley
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Storyline

Rick Latimer is a teacher who gets a job as the principal of a school with a very bad reputation. In fact, his transfer there is a kind of punishment because he beat his wife's boyfriend. So, Rick finds himself in a school where drugs, knives and guns are very usual things... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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To get this job, he had to be crazy. To survive it, he'll have to get even crazier. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Prinzipal - Einer gegen alle See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,297,710, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$19,734,940

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,734,940
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bar where Latimer sees his wife was the now-defunct Johnny B. Goode's on Webster St. in Alameda. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Rick Latimer and Jake Phillips first meet, Jake takes his hat off, then in the next shot his hat is on, and finally in a third shot his hat is off again and we see him put it back on. See more »

Quotes

Police Officer: [processing Latimer for attacking Kim's divorce attorney] Occupation?
Rick Latimer: [sarcastic grin] School teacher!
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Connections

References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Woman's Touch
Performed by John Waite
Courtesy of EMI America Records, A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Belushi at his best...
27 May 2000 | by Robert_WSee all my reviews

'The Principal' is one of those films where Belushi could have been nominated for Best Actor, and Louis Gossett Jr. for Best Supporting Actor...

The film has some great scenes, a good story and character development, and a decent soundtrack...

The film is pretty hard-edged, though has elements of comedy...overall - an under-rated film (ones which I love to review) worth seeing...

[7/10]


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