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Plain Clothes (1987)

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

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Nick Dunbar
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Robin Torrence
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Chet Butler
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Jane Melway
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Ed Malmburg
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Dave Hechtor
Jackie Gayle ...
Coach Zeffer
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Mr. Wiseman
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Mr. Gardner
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Dawn-Marie Zeffer
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Kyle Kerns
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Simon Feck
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Matt Dunbar
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Captain Graff
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Carter
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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 »

Quotes

Captain Graff: Dunbar, get me a cup of coffee, two sugars.
Nick: Yes, sir.
Punk Girl: Easy to see who has all the status around here, Dunbar.
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Written by Doug Fieger
Performed by The Knack
Produced by Jim Lang
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Quite a Pleasant Surprise!
19 June 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that I watched on a Saturday afternoon when there was nothing else on, & man, am I glad I did.

Arliss Howard plays a young detective who must go undercover at a high school in order to clear his younger brother of a murder accusation. Seems straightforward enough, but this film actually tosses in some plot twists that make the viewer have to pay attention. The movie is punctuated by its quirky sense of humour (look for the quick visual gag "Free at Last!" in Robert Stack's office!!) & a refusal to take itself seriously. Adding to the charm of this are excellent performances by Robert Stack, Suzy Amis, Diane Ladd, George Wendt, Seymour Cassel, Reginald VelJohnson, & a howlingly deadpan performance by the great Abe Vigoda!

This film will never win any awards, but the cast are solid & the script is funny. It's a tad more grown-up & far less preachy than most of the '80s pap that garnered all the attention, & if anyone's looking for a good popcorn-muncher that'll give a few good laughs, try this one on for size.


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