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Teachers (1984)

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

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Lisa Hammond
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Roger Rubell
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Eddie Pilikian
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Carl Rosenberg
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Dr. Donna Burke
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Herbert Gower
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Ditto Stiles
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Horn
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Troy
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Diane
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Danny
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Lewis
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Grace
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Sloan
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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 <rcs@texas.net>

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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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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5 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Die Aufsässigen  »

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The film has been considered an American high-school education version of Network (1976) and The Hospital (1971), which were both written by Paddy Chayefsky, and were both biting black comedy satires on the American media and health systems respectively. Teachers (1984) was directed by Arthur Hiller, who had directed The Hospital (1971). See more »

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The newspaper Roger shows Alex with the pictures Eddie took is smooth when seen from one angle but crumpled when seen from the opposite angle. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: [Lisa has just handed Alex a subpoena while he is in the men's room]
Lisa: It really is good to see you, Mr. Jurel.
Alex Jurel: Considering how much you've seen, who don't you call me Alex?
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References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

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Can't Stop The Fire
Performed by Eric Martin
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More realistic than people think
18 May 2011 | by (Mason WV) – See all my reviews

I'm finishing up my 7th year as a an 8th grade teacher at a typical rural public junior high/high school, and I watch this movie at the end of each school year. It does a few things for me: 1. Helps me realize just how f'd up the people I work with/for really are. 2. Gives me something to laugh about to take the edge off of a long school year. 3. Motivates me to keep teaching year after year even when I've just finished teaching some rough classes.

As for the movie itself, it's up and down. Nolte is his typical mid-80's drunken self. Laura Dern was outstanding as the slutty student, and the rest of the cast fills in the gaps. What I like about the movie is that the teachers, even as stereotypical as they are portrayed, are so real. I can name a fellow faculty member for each role, as most teachers probably could.


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