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

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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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11 August 1995 (USA)  »

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My Posse Don't Do Homework  »

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£5,003,433 (UK) (23 February 1996)
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Michelle Pfeiffer previously starred in another movie which had Dangerous as the first half of the title: Dangerous Liaisons (1988). See more »

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When Raul gets dragged away by the police from his fight with Emilio you can see that his ponytail is ruined, but in the next shot when they got out of the school his ponytail was back. See more »

Quotes

Hal Griffith: How'd they get you to stay?
Louanne: They gave me candy and called me their light.
Hal Griffith: That'll do it.
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MESSAGE FOR YOUR MIND
Written by Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell (as Alphonzo Mizell), Berry Gordy, Deke Richards, Anthony Forte
Performed by Rappin' 4-Tay
Courtesy of Chrysalis/EMI Records/Rag Top Records
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Great movie!...
4 November 2003 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm not about to call this movie a "feel-good movie" or a "coming-of-age-tale." What am I gonna do is call it what it really is - a great movie.

Michelle Pfeiffer is at her best. She is absolutely fantastic in this movie. The actors in the classroom hold their own against her as well.

Basically, the plot is as follows: White teacher enters a mostly-minority "alternative" (read: group of kids that act out) classroom and commands respect. In turn, she changes their lives as they change hers. It's basically the story of Raul, Emilio, and Carrie, and how they cope with life as a result of Ms. Johnson.

The movie has some really good lines (my favorite: "You asked me how I was gonna save your life. This is it. This moment.") and really good drama. Sure, some of it is hokey-it-only-happens-in-the-movies, but the majority of it is good. I'm a guy, and I shed a few tears.

Overall: 9/10.


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