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The Substitute (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  22 September 1993 (USA)
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A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student whom begins to suspect her true identity.



(as Cynthia Verlaine)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Wyatt (as Eugene Glazer)
Patricia Gage ...
Ryan Westerberg (as Marky Mark)
Brigitta ...
David Frankham ...
Cusse Mankuma ...
Martin Martinuzzi ...


After high school teacher Gayle Richardson finds out her husband is cheating on her, killing him and his mistress in an outburst of rage, she sets the house on fire and flees. One year later we find her back in another town, at another school, under another name. Everything is running smoothly, until people start messing with her new life and her hidden past and she is forced to stop them... at all costs. Written by Swie Tio <>

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She loves her students... to death. See more »


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Release Date:

22 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wahrheit führt zum Tod  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Feature film debut of Mark Wahlberg. See more »

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29 April 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

As awkward as this film is, there are moments that can only be described as, sublime. The moments are pinpointed by faces. If you read the film through the faces of its characters you'll have a memorable experience. The pain and anger in Amanda Donohue's face is as entertaining and shattering as anything Bette Davis has ever done. Mark Whalberg ambles down into the film scene with a bang, looking straight into the camera, inviting us to "get busy". The faces of the students, Molly Parker and Martin Cummins among them, tell us, in beautiful close ups, how much their murderous teacher has done for them. Then the teacher tells them how much they mean to her, we see the kids faces from above as her point of view. It is just wonderful. Last but not least is the amazing score by Gerald Gouriet (Madame Souzatska, Seeds of Tragedy) All in all I had the feeling that a genial mind was at work here, but chained to some kind of wall of mediocrity. As rarities go, this is the "rariest". Worth the trip.

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