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The Principal (1987)

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

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


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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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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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Kimberly Latimer: ...A minute is all it takes for you to do insurmountable amounts of damage, Rick. I've put up with all the frat-brat, Peter-Pan bullshit I can take.
Rick Latimer: That's your therapist talking, not you.
Kimberly Latimer: At least SOMEBODY was talking; YOU weren't. *I* tried to make things work, Rick. *I* didn't run out and get plastered every time we had a problem. I didn't quit on us; *you* did. You let it go, the way you let EVERYTHING go. Three jobs you blew. Then your father got you in at Willoughby College, and you blew ...
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Revenge of the 80's: James Belushi Superstar.
2 February 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Principal (1987) was another star vehicle for James Belushi. This fun film is Blackboard Jungle mixed with Class of 1984. The film is filled with a lot of the minor stars of this era such as Lou Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong, Esai Morales and Kelly Jo Minter to name a few.

J.B.stars as a washed out High School Prep teacher who's personal life begins to fall apart. He snaps one day and his immediately canned. That is until he's given a second chance. He's appointed Principal at a local rundown high school. During his tour he plots out away to change not only the school but his own life around.

A nice movie in the vein of Lean On Me. Who am I kidding, this is a bone crunching exploitive film that features all of the things that we love about these type of movies. If this movie was made today it would be a P.G.-13 flick. Not a classic but a nice exploitive affair.

Recommended.


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