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Killing Mr. Griffin (1997)

PG-13 | | Thriller, Drama | TV Movie 7 April 1997
The high school students didn't mean to kill Mr. Griffin. They wanted to make him suffer. But when their mean English teacher turns up dead, they have to find out who killed them before the... See full summary »

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Jack Bender

Writers:

Lois Duncan (novel), Michael Angeli (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bairstow ... Mark Kinney
Amy Jo Johnson ... Susan McConnell
Mario Lopez ... Dave Ruggles
Chris Young ... Jeff
Michelle Williams ... Maya
Jennifer Hammon Jennifer Hammon ... Bree Gunderson
Mindy Spence Mindy Spence ... Tori
Maitland Ward ... Candice Lee
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ... Kathy Griffin
Jay Thomas ... Mr. Griffin
Joan McMurtrey ... Janet McConnell
Scott Jaeck ... Vince McConnell
James McDonnell James McDonnell ... Willy Kinney
Rhonda Dotson Rhonda Dotson ... Dolly Luna
Joey Zimmerman ... Nicholas McConnell
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The high school students didn't mean to kill Mr. Griffin. They wanted to make him suffer. But when their mean English teacher turns up dead, they have to find out who killed them before the police arrests them all. Written by Adam Hakari <spotlite@disocver-net.net>

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prise d'otage sanglante See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The outside scenes of the high school and the quad/lunch area were filmed at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California ... real juniors and seniors from the school were used as extras (volunteer) on a Saturday and Sunday during the filming ... See more »

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When Susan and Dave are talking after rock climbing, Dave's cup changes from his right hand to his left, and back again, between shots. See more »

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References The Way We Were (1973) See more »

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Cheesy High-School Thriller.
13 November 2001 | by famousgir1See all my reviews

Mr. Griffin is an English teacher at a high school. None of the students like him as he always seems mean and horrible, so to teach him a lesson some of the students from his English class, plan to kidnap him for a little while. When they end up leaving him for a couple of hours though, Mr. Griffin dies and now they have the police on there trail, to find out what really happened to him.

The cast in the movie includes, Amy Jo Johnson, Mario López and Michelle Williams (Who looks a little strange here.) and they give okay performances.

Killing Mr. Griffin is a lot like the Kevin Williamson movie Teaching Mrs. Tingle, which I actually liked more. (More exciting.) Killing Mr. Griffin came out first though and is based on the novel by Lois Duncan (I know what you did last summer films, etc.) and it's not to bad. It's not a proper thriller really, it's more like a cheesy thriller with not much suspense. If you like teen thrillers then you may just enjoy this. It sure isn't brilliant, but I guess it's quite good.


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