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The Substitute (1993)

A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student who begins to suspect her true identity.

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Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington
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Josh Wyatt
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Jenny
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Ben Wyatt (as Eugene Glazer)
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Principal Beatty
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Amy Cooper
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Ryan Westerberg (as Marky Mark)
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Margo
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Riggs
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Dave Korczuk
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Bernard
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Courtney
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Kim
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Rusty
Martin Martinuzzi ...
Doug Richards
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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 <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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Pray she doesn't call on you. See more »

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22 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Die Wahrheit führt zum Tod  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Feature film debut of Mark Wahlberg. See more »

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Hitchcock all around
17 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

A viewer praised the score by Gerald Gouriet (never heard of him, I guess he is a Canadian). Question is: If the music was supposed to be a homage to Bernard Herrmann (the composer of Hitchcock's Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, Marnie) then Mr Gouriet did a great job. Otherwise, it is just too much musically a copycat. Perhaps director Donovan prescribed the similarity on purpose, as many visual passages in this film have been resolved in the non-realistic -almost oneiric- way Hitchcok staged some scenes in his films. A case in point: when Josh is reading the newspaper microfilms at the library, titles (in red) are superimposed over the pages of the newspaper. When Josh is dreaming, color turns red. When the camera shoots down on the smiling and hopeful faces of students is another moment where viewers realize a professional director is holding the reins. All in all, as a TV movie is clearly above average. Watchable, well acted by everybody.


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