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Dangerous Minds (1995)

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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.


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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£5,003,433 (UK) (23 February 1996)

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A running gag involves confusion between two lyrical men of words: Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan. The similarity between the two names is not coincidental, as the latter adopted his performance name as a tribute to the former. 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 »


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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Referenced in Studio C: Episode #2.10 (2013) See more »


Written by Dalvin DeGrate, Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott), Aaron Hall,
George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Glenn Goins, Bootsy Collins
Performed by Aaron Hall
Courtesy of Silas/MCA Records
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very inspirational movie
28 November 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

One thing I've learned through th years is that use your own opinion when it comes to movies. Just because someone says it a bad movie doesn't quite mean you wont like it. Dangerous Minds is an excellent movie. I've read reviews on this movie and saying that this was just another Hollywood movie. Their wrong! I watched this movie and I was really impressed by it. For me it was truly inspirational. Michelle Pfeiffer was excellent in this movie. There are some who says that Michelle isn't tough enough to play the character, but sorry to burst their bubble but it's called acting. You can be the weakest person on earth but if your truly a good actor then you can make anyone believe your a tough guy or girl. The music was awesome. The cast was great. The Plot and script was exceptional. I recommend this movie to anyone. You wont be disappointed. I sure wasn't.

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