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The Substitute (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  19 April 1996 (USA)
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After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane ... See full summary »

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Joey Six
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Wellman
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After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane Hetzko, who is a history teacher at Columbus High School in Miami. Some of Jane's students happen to be members of a street gang known as the "Kings of Destruction" (KOD), led by Juan Lacas, who has been terrorizing Jane. After Jane's kneecap is broken by a big seminole named Bull, she tells Shale that she believes Lacas ordered the attack, so Shale goes undercover as Jane's substitute, and initially, Jane has no idea that Shale is doing this. At the school, Shale meets principal Claude Rolle, librarian Hannah Dillon, and english and drama teacher Darrell Sherman. It turns out that Lacas is one of Jane's students. As Shale investigates the attack on Jane, he discovers that drugs are being circulated into the school. Shale even investigates local drug kingpin Johnny Glades, who may or may not have someone... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated R for strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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19 April 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,167 (USA) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$14,752,141 (USA) (2 August 1996)
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The movie was shot during the summer months and kids enrolled in summer classes were extras on the film. Free Papa John's pizza was served to anyone who would stay after school. See more »

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Just before Shale gets shot at and crashes into the trailer, you can see the brace towing his vehicle See more »

Quotes

Hollan: Cuba wimped you out. You lost your mind and now you lost your balls.
Shale: [grabs Hollan by his crotch] Maybe I'll just borrow yours, on second thought they're too small.
Hollan: [about to walk away] FUCK YOU. Fucking queers.
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Followed by The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001) See more »

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All of Puerto Rico
Written by M. Rice and D. Rahming
Performed by Afro-Rican
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Not very good - though Berenger was excellent!
13 June 2004 | by (Lincoln England) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with the majority. This film is not very good; badly directed, sloppy script, tedious stereotypes, and cliched throughout. But in my opinion Tom Berenger just about saved it. He is an EXCELLENT actor & I don't understand why his career stalled. I guess that's just the nature of Hollywood. The scene where Berenger has just beaten up a pair of gangsters and the Principal asks him to apologise to them stands out in particular. "Oh, that'll be the $@#%£$& day." This is what a GOOD actor can do with even a throwaway line. My own Drama teacher was fond of saying: "Don't just DO something. STAND there." Berenger's been unfairly criticised for a "leaden" performance, but I think it was intentional - and perfect! It showed the gravity of Shale's personality. He's a dark & serious guy. I was also amazed to see that Berenger was 47 when this movie was made. I'm 20 years younger and in (much) worse shape. I was also glad to see Luis Guzman in this film, though he was completely wasted. Anyone who's seen him play "Pachanga" in Carlito's Way will know how fantastic he is in the hyperactive/psychotic supporting role; yet he hardly had a single line. Crazy! My biggest criticism of The Substitute is something I haven't noticed anyone else mention; so here goes. Where the Hell were the Miami Police!!!!!! Here you have a school absolutely awash with drugs and gangsters, assault rifles, unemployed kids driving BMW 735s, teachers being threatened, attacked and murdered etc etc - yet not a cop in sight? So, mega-disappointing. I recently saw Berenger in the latest series of Law & Order. He played an ageing FBI Agent trying to take the blame for his teenage daughter who commits a murder. Another stunning performance and it's a real shame he hasn't got the major roles he deserves.


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