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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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At a high school where the students major in arson, extortion and assault, the new principal and the head of security just might be crazy enough to turn things around. See more »


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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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Phillips (Louis Gossett JR) talks about his days as a player for the New York Titians. The Titians were an original team in the American Football League. The team later was under new ownership, and renamed the Jets. 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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Courtesy of Jus Born Productions
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"GET - OUT - OF - THE - F***ING - CAR - MOTHERF***ER!"
27 June 2001 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a great 80's film - James Belushi and Louis Gossett, Jr. are excellent and you're with them all the way as they're so likeable.

Rick Latimer (Belushi) is great; he starts off as being a kind-of drunken, violent loser (but he's funny so we let him off) and then becomes a reluctant hero who realises why he's a teacher in the first place and makes an effort to SORT THINGS OUT.

This film is full of COOL bits; every scene with Latimer on his motorcycle ("Disneyland!" or 'El Principal'), the scene where the makeshift security team crack down ("...set it off on the left, y'all, set it off on the right..."), the assembly scene ("NO MORE!")...all great. Soundtrack's also TOP (if you like 80's music..!).


"I got my a** kicked for nothin', Ricky!"

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