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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 overview, first billed only:
Nick Dunbar
Robin Torrence
Chet Butler
Jane Melway
Ed Malmburg
Dave Hechtor
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An Undercover Nightmare.


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Release Date:

July 1989 (Peru)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em 2º Grau  »

Box Office


$289,323 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Loren Dean. See more »


Nick: You're a teacher?
Robin Torrence: Surprise, surprise.
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By Sarah Taylor, Bill Mumy (as Billy Mumy) and Robert Haimer
Performed and Produced by Sarah Taylor
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Back to school
23 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Undercover cop Arliss Howard is used to Plain Clothes assignments, but usually those are indeed assigned. He goes undercover on his own to find out the murderer of one of the high school faculty. The victim falls dead in his classroom and the cops have arrested student Loren Dean for the murderer.

But Dean is Howard's brother and Howard starts his own investigation by going back to high school where he becomes popular when he accidentally punches out Principal Robert Stack. There's a treasure trove of suspects among the faculty which includes Diane Ladd, Abe Vigoda, George Wendt, and Suzy Amis. The students also have suspects such as school bully Peter Dobson.

Plain Clothes will yield a few laughs for most moviegoers. The climax which was staged at a carnival seems to have been borrowed in part from Some Came Running and Abbott&Costello Go To Hollywood.

I'll let you watch and see who the real murderer is and which film you think inspired the final chase scene.

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