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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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Mrs. Carla Nichols
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Mary Benton
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Irene Roberts
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Callie Roberts
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Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez ...
Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant ...
Durrell Benton
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Nikki
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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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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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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

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$84,919,401 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

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

Louanne: You asked me once how I was gonna save your life. This is it. This moment.
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Referenced in Kiss My Act (2001) See more »

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RESPECT
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Written by Otis Redding
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A simple and basic statement to its viewers.
30 October 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

As a critic, I have no basis for saying a movie is aesthetically sound or not. However, I believe there is a quality to this movie that deserves to be acknowledged. The fact that so many people are willing to trash the film based on the fact that an Inspirational Teacher Movie just is not real. Says a great deal for the need of a few teachers who fit that bill. Yes there are a few things that are old hat about the movie but you have to appreciate the fact that this movie has an honesty in its simple and basic statement to its viewers.

If you like the choices or not they have to be made. Maybe if a few more people, not just teachers, realized that we don't all live in Emerald City, of Wizard of Oz fame. Some of us actually survive each and everyday. Only to do it all over again in the morning.


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