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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 ...
Secretary
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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An educator who never plays by the rules. A high school where the only law is survival. Will he break it before it breaks him? 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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Several times through out the film, White Zac is referred to as the only white student in the school. However, several times throughout the film, you can see multiple other white students in the halls of the school. See more »

Quotes

Rick Latimer: I'll be here tomorrow.
Jake Phillips: I'll be here too.
Rick Latimer: We are very stupid men.
Jake Phillips: Yeah, I know. But what can you do?
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Our Own Eyes
Written by Jay Gruska and Paul Gordon
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Closest thing to a modern John Wayne.
23 April 2002 | by (Tacoma Wa. USA) – See all my reviews

One of the things I like to ponder is what modern stars would fill the shoes of actors of the past or parts they played. For instance, if they did a remake of Bonanza, John Goodman would fill Dan Blockers shoes pretty well as Hoss, & I think Michael J Fox may be a passable Little Joe. Also of course, Cheryl Ladd did well as Grace Kelly. Some stars have been so one of a kind though that one would be hard pressed to imagine who would be up to the task. John Wayne is one such figure. While James Belushi may not quite have the physical stature of the Duke, his performance in The Principal comes the closest in my impression to reminding me of the "cut the crap" individualism of the screen legend. Public schools could probably learn a lot from this feature.

Of the many comedians of early Saturday Night Live who have gone on to movies, Belushi appears to be the one who has most successfully transcended the comedian stereotype. While Bill Murrey may do well as a comic role being serious, the few pictures I've seen James Belushi in suggest that he's more like a serious actor who's also funny.

Good feature for those of us who are tired of irresponsible youth getting a free pass.


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