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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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Alex Jurel
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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
Madeleine Sherwood ...
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_ 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 »

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In the sequence where Lisa Hammond undresses in the hallway, her underwear color changes from black to white to black. See more »

Quotes

Roger Rubell: [to Troy] How can you be so stupid, huh? Would you tell me how you can be so damn stupid? As if we don't have enough problems. We're in the middle of a lawsuit, buddy. Three girls - three of our own students. Why don't you go to some other school and get their girls pregnant? You know what this is gonna do to the school? You know how it's gonna look? Teamwork, Troy, does not mean going out and starting your own team.
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References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

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Edge of a Dream
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better than I remembered
13 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie shortly after it came out I thought it was a little over-the-top, despite the many memorable comic moments. Having had a chance to see it again many years later on cable I find it has more depth than I had seen in it originally. It is definitely a critique of public education, but it does not set up any easy enemies. Everyone here is complicit in a failing system - the unions, the school board, the lawyers, parents, complacent teachers, go-along- to-get-along administrators, &c &c. It is also touching to see how many of these people are not bad people, but are just trying to make a flawed system work (in this respect I find Judd Hirsch, as the put-upon assistant principal, the hidden gem of the movie). Having seen it again after all these years I find it provocative and, surprisingly, touching, especially Nolte's final peroration. And the best part,after all these years, is still Richard Mulligan, as the certifiable lunatic who turns out to be the best teacher in the whole damn school (a brilliant touch on the part of the writers) !!!!!


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