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 <rcs@texas.net>

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Monday morning at JFK High. See more »


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Die Aufsässigen  »

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


In the opening credits it's snowing, stops and snows again. Lisa is seen walking toward the school in the snow and when she's at the front door its stopped snowing. 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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The Hospital this ain't
18 December 2005 | by (The Man-Cave) – See all my reviews

Except for the shock of JoBeth Williams idiot-level strip tease, plus a few other sharp digs about school teachers you and I have hated or loved, I can't think of a single reason to pay any attention to this Arthur Hiller glob of pretentiousness. Whatever Hiller did to elicit what Judith Crist said was "arguably George C. Scott's finest screen performance" in The Hospital, he didn't do it here for Nick Nolte or Williams or anyone else involved. What we're left with is a stale attempt to expose the darker workings of an American high school, but unlike The Hospital and its wonderfully scorched-earth approach to the runnings of a major healing center, Teachers just makes you want to vote for vouchers--and get your money back from the place you rented this dreck.

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