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(1984)

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This movie was filmed at Central High School in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus City Schools had closed Central High, and several others, due to declining enrollment, after the court-ordered desegregation of its school system, which took effect in 1979, and resulted in many families moving to the suburbs, to avoid having their children bused to schools not in their neighborhoods. Since then, Central High School has been renovated, to become the new site of the Center for Science and Industry.
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The first film, in which Ralph Macchio appeared, after his box-office hit The Karate Kid (1984).
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According to "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 City.
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The movie features Nick Nolte and Anthony Heald, who are sometimes confused for one another in other films, due to their resemblance.
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The movie featured Morgan Freeman, in an early film role, as school defense lawyer Al Lewis. Freeman would go on to play a teacher in Lean on Me (1989).
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Richard Mulligan's character impersonates several historical figures, including General George Armstrong Custer. Mulligan had previously portrayed Custer in Little Big Man (1970).
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Actress Laura Dern is featured in an early movie role.
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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.
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The movie was shot, during the winter, in Ohio.
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The only produced screenplay of W.R. McKinney.
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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).
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One of two movies, released in 1984, that were directed by Arthur Hiller. The other picture was The Lonely Guy (1984).
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Lee Grant's role of school Superintendent Donna Burke was originally written as a man.
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The name of the secondary school had three variations. These were J.F.K. High School, John F. Kennedy High School, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School.
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The movie's radical black comedy story elements made the students in the film another Class of 1984 (1982). Teachers (1984) has also been considered as being a modern 1980s version of Blackboard Jungle (1955).
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