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The Substitute (1996)

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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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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The most dangerous thing about school used to be the students. See more »


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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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$6,096,833, 21 April 1996, Limited Release

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$14,752,141, 4 August 1996
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Tom Berenger's character explains to the class he is teaching about his services and experiences in Vietnam. Berenger played a Sgt. (Barnes) in the Vietnam movie Platoon 10 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

At the gun range, the woman in the white shirt shooting a pistol behind Shale is not pulling the trigger, the gun's slide is not moving and there are no cartridges being ejected. She is only moving the gun slightly up and down to make it appear as recoil. See more »

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Jerome Brown: Mr. Smith, you lost any homeboys?
Shale: Yeah Jerome, I lost a few homeboys.
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Followed by The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998) See more »

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Boom Boom Boom
Written by Daz Dillinger (as Dillinger) and Juvenile
Performed by Juster
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Enjoyable Action flick
3 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

There are alot of different movies based upon school disruption, but the best ones I've seen thus far are The Substitute and 187.

187 has a bit more meaning to it, but a little less action. Tom Berenger has always made a believable tough guy (just look at Platoon) I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys action flicks.

*** 1/2 out of *****


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