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The Principal (1987)

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A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violence and crime ridden high school.

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Rick Latimer
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Jake Phillips
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Hilary Orozco
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White Zac
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Raymi Rojas
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'Baby' Emile
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Arturo Diego
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Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson ...
Jojo
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Treena Lester (as Kelly Minter)
Ruth Beckford ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Julian Brooks ...
Kevin
Joan Valderrama ...
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Rick Hamilton ...
Mr. Harkley
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Rick Latimer is a teacher who gets a job as the principal of a school with a very bad reputation. In fact, his transfer there is a kind of punishment because he beat his wife's boyfriend. So, Rick finds himself in a school where drugs, knives and guns are very usual things... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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school | teacher | gun | drugs | high school | See more »

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Rick Latimer had nothing to lose...until he was given the one job nobody else dared take. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Prinzipal - Einer gegen alle  »

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$19,734,940 (USA)
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In the movie James Belushi (Ricky Latimer) is supposed to be much older than Michael Wright (Victor Duncan). In actuality they are less than 2 years apart in age. Belushi was born in June of 1954 and Wright was born in April of 1956. See more »

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In the scene when Rick Latimer and Jake Phillips first meet, Jake takes his hat off, then in the next shot his hat is on, and finally in a third shot his hat is off again and we see him put it back on. See more »

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Jake Phillips: ["Screwdriver" Phillips barges into the office of a napping "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" Latimer] ... You're ever-vigilant, I see.
Rick Latimer: Where I come from, we knock.
Jake Phillips: Where *I* come from, we pick locks. With your permission, I'll replace your old rusty one with a new deadbolt. The kind only .357 Magnums can open up.
Rick Latimer: Thanks, Jake; that's real encouraging. I feel much better now.
Jake Phillips: Do you mind if I ask you a question I ask all imported principals?
[without waiting for an answer]
Jake Phillips: ... What is a fine, white-bread boy ...
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25 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Belushi stars as a teacher with a short fuse who gets to become the principal of the roughest high school in the city. He turns out to be just what the doctor ordered and just what the students and employees needed. "The Principal" is a very violent film that could be best described as "Lean on Me" or "Stand and Deliver" gone stark-raving mad. Belushi is solid here and so is high school security guard Louis Gossett, Jr. in a supporting role. 4 stars out of 5.


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