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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)
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Mrs. Jenkins
Julian Brooks ...
Kevin
Joan Valderrama ...
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Rick Hamilton ...
Mr. Harkley
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Storyline

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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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 »

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[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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Livin' in the Line of Fire
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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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