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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Carla Nichols
Beatrice Winde ...
Mary Benton
Irene Roberts
Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez ...
Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant ...
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.


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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


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,931,503, 13 August 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Louanne: What should i tell them? If they dont want to die remember to knock?
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Referenced in Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #3.8 (2017) See more »


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I Really Liked this Movie
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie gives us a little hope that there are people in the world prepared to go to extreme lengths for the good of others. This is a heart warming story, and although at times it's quite tragic, it shows a growing bond between a group of socially discarded students and a very special teacher.

Michelle Pfeiffer's performance is simply wonderful, she captures the passion and warmth of her character perfectly. The rest of the cast are a little mixed, but there is plenty of strength in their performances to cover any cracks.

Overall this is a highly emotional and educational journey, that is enjoyable to watch.

8/10 If you enjoyed this watch 187, its even better.

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