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Dangerous Minds (1995)

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director:

John N. Smith

Writers:

LouAnne Johnson (book), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Louanne Johnson
George Dzundza ... Hal Griffith
Courtney B. Vance ... Mr. George Grandey
Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Carla Nichols
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Mary Benton
John Neville ... Waiter
Lorraine Toussaint ... Irene Roberts
Renoly Santiago ... Raul Sanchero
Wade Dominguez ... Emilio Ramirez
Bruklin Harris ... Callie Roberts
Marcello Thedford ... Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez Roberto Alvarez ... Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant Richard Grant ... Durrell Benton
Marisela Gonzales Marisela Gonzales ... Angela
Toni Nichelle Buzhardt Toni Nichelle Buzhardt ... Nikki
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Storyline

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

She Broke The Rules... And Changed Their Lives.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Posse Don't Do Homework See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlingame, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,931,503, 13 August 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$84,919,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,519,401
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released under Michelle Pfeiffer's production company, the movie's success bolstered Pfeiffer's reputation as an actress/producer. See more »

Goofs

When Raul gets dragged away by the police from his fight with Emilio you can see that his ponytail is ruined, but in the next shot when they got out of the school his ponytail was back. See more »

Quotes

Louanne: You asked me once how I was gonna save your life. This is it. This moment.
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Connections

Referenced in 30 Rock: Hard Ball (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I WANT YOU BACK
(SAMPLE)
Written by Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell (as Alphonzo Mizell), Deke Richards
Performed by The Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Record Company L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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I Really Liked this Movie
29 December 2006 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

This movie gives us a little hope that there are people in the world prepared to go to extreme lengths for the good of others. This is a heart warming story, and although at times it's quite tragic, it shows a growing bond between a group of socially discarded students and a very special teacher.

Michelle Pfeiffer's performance is simply wonderful, she captures the passion and warmth of her character perfectly. The rest of the cast are a little mixed, but there is plenty of strength in their performances to cover any cracks.

Overall this is a highly emotional and educational journey, that is enjoyable to watch.

8/10 If you enjoyed this watch 187, its even better.


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