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Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | January 1980 (USA)
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
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Sheila Barnes
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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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1935 wasn't all his fault

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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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CAD 810,000 (estimated)
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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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One of my favorite performances by Bud Cort!
11 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Such a sweet, sweet movie...and so, so underrated... I'll never understand why some of the worst movies make it to DVD, but the gems sit around and wait for their turn.

I adored the story line! Bud Cort plays an innocent, scattered, simple/warm-hearted man who tries to teach students in a small town in Canada. At first the students are disrespectful loud-mouths, but grow to become compassionate individuals when Cort's character (Max Brown) inspires them.

I cannot get over how endearing Bud Cort is in this film. All he wants is to be loved, and to love someone else, but he has a failed romance with an already-married woman, who is also lost in her own troubles. All you want to do is sympathize with his character, especially in the beginning, when he was trying to become adjusted to this unfamiliar town with people who couldn't understand him.

I would say that this is one of Bud Cort's top 5 best film roles. (Along with Harold and Maude, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Brave New World, and Ted and Venus).


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