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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)
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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At a high school where the students major in Rioting, Racketeering and Rumbling...one man who's never done ANYTHING by the book is about to lay down the law. 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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Trivia

Phillips (Louis Gossett JR) talks about his days as a player for the New York Titans. The Titans were an original team in the American Football League. The team later was under new ownership, and renamed the Jets. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Latimer has the upper-hand in a scuffle with Duncan]
Victor Duncan: Please! No more!
Rick Latimer: You got that right!
[Latimer throws Duncan out of the school via a double-door]
Rick Latimer: [shouts] No more!
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References Scum (1979) See more »

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Livin' in the Line of Fire
Written by Jay Gruska, Bruce Roberts and Andy Goldmark
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Worth seeing more than once
3 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

A washed-up teacher is offered a principal position, but it is at the worst school in the district. Belushi confronts the school druglord and kingpin as he tries to save the few decent kids that are stuck in this environment. A bit humorous at times, but what do you expect from a James Belushi role? Louis Gossett Jr turns in a decent performance as the school security chief.

Violence, language, adult subject matter


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