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Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  January 1980 (USA)
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In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's ... See full summary »

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Max Brown
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Alice Field
Chris Wiggins ...
Lyle Bishop
Gary Reineke ...
Harris Montgomery
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Dave McDougall
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Bert Field
Kenneth Griffith ...
Inspector Woods
Scott Swan ...
Dan Trowbridge
Merrilyn Gann ...
Sheila Barnes
Norma West ...
Mrs. Bishop
Margery Hill ...
Mrs. Montgomery
Joanne McNeal ...
Mrs. McDougall
George Gwin ...
Dance Caller
Doug Blake ...
Percy Garfield
Alan Stebbings ...
Lester Sinclair
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In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's distant, superior, lonely, and bewildered; his students are rebellious. Over the course of the year, he is drawn to Alice Field, the wife of a farmer, in a love that can lead nowhere. But, he and his students connect, a connection that matters and lasts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Man schießt nicht auf den Lehrer  »

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Inspector Wood: This should be an easy one. What is the capital of Canada?
Inspector Wood: [pointing to a student in the classroom] Yes, boy.
Charlie Mc Dougall: [standing to attention] The capital of Canada is C.
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A teacher's work is never done.
6 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

The subject of "why shoot the teacher?" is a burning one,as much today as it was yesterday:the teacher,fresh from his training college ,who takes his first class ,in a dead-and-alive hole (or ,worse,in the wrong side of the town).The young man (or woman)understands that all that he learned in college ,all the highest theories can't help him with his thankless job.His pupils are not the one he was expecting.Any teacher,when he began,has been through all this. Bud Cort ,famous for his part of Harold in "Harold and Maude " is ideally cast as the young schoolteacher:his youthful looks ,his naive face and his resilience work wonders.For, in this part of Canada,mother nature is not really on his side.


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