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Dangerous Minds (1995)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  11 August 1995 (USA)
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An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Carla Nichols
Beatrice Winde ...
Mary Benton
Irene Roberts
Callie Roberts
Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez ...
Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant ...
Durrell Benton
Marisela Gonzales ...
Toni Nichelle Buzhardt ...


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.


Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Posse Don't Do Homework  »

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Box Office


£5,003,433 (UK) (23 February 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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One of the last films worked on by producer Don Simpson. He helped pick songs for the film soundtrack. See more »


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 »


Emilio Ramirez: What, are you gonna give me some advice? Just say no? Well, forget it! How the fuck are you gonna save me from my life, huh?
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Written by S.W.A.T. Team
Performed by 24-K
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Goes next to "To Sir, with Love", "Stand & Deliver", etc.
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I really liked this movie very much, even if its nothing new. I think every generation should have a movie in this genre - there have been so many, going back to "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", that they must mean something to each new viewer. This is pretty realistic, too, although some of it is a little sugarcoated, it helps to remember that it is a movie. Pfeiffer is very good as the teacher struggling with several different things all at once. I must also mention that I appreciate the fact that there was no obligatory love interest for Michelle's character. I read somewhere that Andy Garcia was edited out of this movie, and as much as I like him, I was glad she didn't have a Supportive Boyfriend Who Understands.

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