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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


Michelle Pfeiffer previously starred in another movie which had Dangerous as the first half of the title: Dangerous Liaisons (1988). 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: There are no victims in this classroom.
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Featured in Bad Teacher (2011) See more »


Written by Bob Dylan
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very inspirational movie
28 November 2002 | by 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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