Plain Clothes (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Romance  |  July 1989 (Peru)
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To prove his brother's innocence, undercover officer Nick enrolls in high school again, dealing with crushes, bullies, humiliations, popularity swings, and quirky teachers and staff to find the real murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Dunbar
Robin Torrence
Chet Butler
Jane Melway
Ed Malmburg
Dave Hechtor
Jackie Gayle ...
Coach Zeffer
Mr. Wiseman
Mr. Gardner
Dawn-Marie Zeffer
Kyle Kerns
Simon Feck
Matt Dunbar
Captain Graff


Trying to get his brother out of jail, Nick has to bump his way out again from high school, find the murderer, keep his job as a policeman and run away from crazy little girls. Written by JS

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An Undercover Nightmare.


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July 1989 (Peru)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em 2º Grau  »

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$289,323 (USA)

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The poem read by Nick in class is a classic poem by the famous poet e.e. cummings entitled "She Being Brand New." See more »


Ed Malmburg: You're supposed to be helping your brother Matt, not getting nippy with some cheerleaders!
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Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre
Performed by The Knack
Produced by Jim Lang
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No oscars, but fun
8 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw Plain Clothes was a coincidence. Changing channels on a Saturday night and finding (and sticking with) this movie. It is an eighties high school comedy with a funny little cross over to thriller.

Watching B-movies is fun and I do it lots. I have no high expectations and I don't pay a fee to go to the movies and end up wanting my money back. In the nineties there is a growing tendency of B-movies being etremely violent, groce and "bloody". Film makers are trying to be noticed among the hundreds of B-movies made every year by going over the top making their movie "special". My point? Well, not every movie will win an oscar or go into history as a classic, a box-office success or a cult-movie. My point is that this is fine! But people don't seem to understand that one can make a nice movie without having the greatest script or actors of all time, or the money to do Star Wars-like gimmicks. To me Plain Clothes is a perfect B-movie. A nice, simple story, nice actors, funny here and there and quite entertaining. I have watched it now a couple of times and it is still fun! With the cop entering the school as a "thug" (as his little brother calls him). His change into the cool guy. His methaphore-poetry. His romance with the teacher. George ("NORM!!!") Wendt as the insane teacher/bad guy. A good climax. I love the Godfather saga, One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. the Shawshank Redemption, Schindler's List, etc., but that doesn't mean that a movie that isn't in this category flunks. Plain Clothes is, plain and simple, a nice, ok movie. Average, may be, but fun average and that is more than I can say of zillions of movies (starring "stars" like Pamela Anderson or Arnold Schwarzenegger).

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