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Dangerous Minds (1995)

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

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Cornelius Bates
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Toni Nichelle Buzhardt ...
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Storyline

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She Broke The Rules... And Changed Their Lives.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 August 1995 (USA)  »

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My Posse Don't Do Homework  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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$84,919,401 (USA)
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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer previously starred in another movie which had Dangerous as the first half of the title: Dangerous Liaisons (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Louanne walks in on the first day Nikki (girl in the overalls) is sitting, the next scene she is standing, then back to sitting. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Grandey: This wouldn't happened to have been their reward for reading poetry would it?
Louanne: In my classroom, poetry is its own reward.
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Connections

Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 25 November 1996 (1996) See more »

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HAVIN' THANGS
Written by Michael Barnett, Will Barnett, Chad Butler
Performed by Big Mike
Courtesy of Rap-A-Lot Records, Inc.
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Surprisingly Inspirational
27 September 2007 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I had no interest in seeing this movie when it came out in 1995. It just seemed to be another movie about angry inner city youth struggling to graduate from high school. So running into this tonight, I finally decided go give in and give it a watch.

My final assessment is that although this movie bears comparison to a long list of great-teacher-inspires-kids movies, I now embrace the movie because Michelle's portrayal brings it over the top, also, I was positively impressed with Renoly Santiago's honest and sensitive reading.

It is easy, as I am ample testament, to dismiss movies that appear to be clones, but since this was reportedly based on a true story of an ex-military woman, it either demonstrates that the story does not emerge from the minds of banal-thinking writers, but from fact, or that the stories like these repeat themselves daily in the fabric of America and need to be told under as many guises as there are stories. WHY? Because all of us need inspiration and hope in our lives.


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