The Principal (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  18 September 1987 (USA)
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A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violence and crime ridden high school.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Latimer
Jake Phillips
Hilary Orozco
White Zac
Raymi Rojas
Troy Winbush ...
'Baby' Emile
Arturo Diego
Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson ...
Treena Lester (as Kelly Minter)
Ruth Beckford ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Julian Brooks ...
Joan Valderrama ...
Rick Hamilton ...
Mr. Harkley


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Prinzipal - Einer gegen alle  »

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$19,734,940 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[addressing teachers]
Rick Latimer: Lighten up! Have some courage. Brave it through a little bit. Knives only hurt if they go through you. Urine only smells if you don't clean it up. Come on!
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Referenced in Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990) See more »


Performed by Jellybean Benítez (as Jellybean)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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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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