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(1984)

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The movie featured actor Morgan Freeman in an early film role as a school defense lawyer Al Lewis. Freeman would go on to actually play a teacher in Lean on Me (1989) around five years later.
Actress Laura Dern is featured in an early movie role.
This movie was filmed at Central High School in Columbus, Ohio. Since that time, Central High School was renovated to become the new site of COSI (Center for Science and Industry).
The name of the secondary school had three variations. These were JFK High School, John F. Kennedy High School and John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School.
One of two movies, both comedies, released in 1984 that were directed by Arthur Hiller. The other picture was The Lonely Guy (1984).
The only ever produced screenplay of writer W.R. McKinney.
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.
First released in theaters in 1984, the movie's radical black comic story elements made the students in the film another Class of 1984 (1982). Teachers (1984) has also being considered as being a modern 1980s version of The Blackboard Jungle (1955).
In an unusual move at the end of the film, the picture cuts to an advertisement for the movie's soundtrack album just before the rest of the closing credits roll.
The first film that then teen actor Ralph Macchio' appeared in after his box-office hit movie The Karate Kid (1984) which had been first released in the same year of 1984. Macchio's Rebel Without a Cause (1955)-like character in this film connected with his screen persona from his previous picture The Outsiders (1983).
The movie was shot during a mid-western winter in Ohio, USA.
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.
The movie features both Nick Nolte and Anthony Heald, actors who sometimes are confused to each other in other films due to their strong resemblance.
Lee Grant's role of school superintendent Donna Burke was originally written as a man.
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