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Teachers (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 October 1984 (USA)
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A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Jurel
Lisa Hammond
Roger Rubell
Eddie Pilikian
Carl Rosenberg
Dr. Donna Burke
Herbert Gower
Ditto Stiles
Madeleine Sherwood ...


A teacher overcomes his frustration in a high-school full of flunkies. As he attempts to educate his students, his attempts to help them gets him into trouble with the school board, which only adds to his problems. With the support of his students he beats the school board and his frustration. Written by K. Rose <>

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They fall asleep in class. Throw ink on each other. Never come in Mondays. And they're just the teachers. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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5 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Aufsässigen  »

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According to trade paper 'Variety', the story was conceived by brothers producer Aaron Russo and executive producer Irwin Russo, the latter of whom was able to draw on ten years real life experience as a teacher in New York. See more »


When questioning one of the students on how her name is pronounced, Rosenbloom refers to the fact that just yesterday, she said it was something different. It had already been established that this scene was taking place on a Monday, which would have made Sunday the previous day. Highly doubtful that school was in session on a Sunday. See more »


Alex Jurel: [determined] I'm not going to resign, Roger.
Dr. Donna Burke: [angry] You're finished! You're out!
Alex Jurel: Ah hell, Burke! I'm going to tell you something. I haven't even started! If you try and fire me, I'm going to be suing you.
Roger Rubell: What's that going to solve, Alex?
Alex Jurel: I don't know, Roger - let's try and find out. The damn school wasn't built for us, Roger. I wasn't built for your unions, your lawyers and all your other institutions. It was built for the kids! They're not here for us, we're here for them. That's what it's ...
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A wasted opportunity
11 June 2013 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

„Teachers" is a interesting forgotten movie from the 80's . It's a movie that wants to be more than just a comedy set in school , but also doesn't want to become another serious movie about school . It tries to be something in-between . I appreciate the effort , because it makes the movie quite unique. Still , in the end the movie fails . It's too silly for most of the time to be treated seriously and to serious to watch it as a comedy. The movie also suffers from chaotic screenplay which puts too many things in the movie and is not focused on the main subject . For example – the car subplot , the crazy guy subplot , the drugs subplot. All those things are distracting , cheesy and quite unnecessary.

The movie isn't afraid to criticize the system and is right with many things it points out . "Teachers" were made in 1984 in USA . When I'm writing this words it's year 2013 and many things hasn't changed at all . Not only in USA , but also in my country. The movie also captures the relationships between students and teachers really well . I also like the message it sends – being a teacher is a big responsibility , because it can change lives of both student and teacher. It's not a work in the fabric , because we're talking about people here , not products. It takes passion and courage to teach despite bad payment.

The movie has some big names in it – Nick Nolte as the main hero , Ralph Macchio ("Karate Kid") and Morgan Freeman (with cool hairstyle). There is quite a lot of 80's trademark comedy and some nice pop songs . All those things are good , but can't change the final verdict.

With a much better screenplay this could have been a classic. It's still definitively worth watching , but I just can't rate it high. It's one of those wasted opportunities .

I give it 5/10.

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