One Eight Seven (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  30 July 1997 (USA)
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After surviving a brutal attack (Instrument used was a board with nails in it) by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Childress
Ellen Henry
Cesar Sanchez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Principal Garcia
Rita Martinez
Benny Chacon
Larry Hyland
Jonah Rooney ...
Stevie Littleton
Ebony Monique Solomon ...
Barsek (as Yannis Bogris)
Martha Velez ...
Mrs. Chacon


High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like students. Written by Anonymous

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When schools become war zones and both sides start taking casualties, what then?


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

187  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,912,400 (USA) (1 August 1997)


$5,716,080 (USA) (5 September 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Written by a real-life teacher. See more »


After Jack outs the dead dog into the car, dolly tracks are visible on the ground around Garfield. See more »


[first lines]
school official: Alright, let's go people, let's go. One minute until tardy lock-down... take your hat off, thank you... let's go, let's go. Everybody move inside, move inside... morning Trevor, good morning. Let's go, get inside... let her go! No smoking - I don't smoke, you don't smoke. Let's go people, today's a *good* day to learn.
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Crazy Credits

A teacher wrote this movie. See more »


References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


Written and Performed by Michael Stearns
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Good treatment of fascinating subject, and with a strong ending
17 December 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Violence in schools is the subject of this bleak, hard-hitting, drama, starring the always reliable Samuel L. Jackson in another great performance who plays a teacher who moves from a tough Brooklyn school after being stabbed repeatedly by a student in the back to an even tougher LA school. 187 is a vastly underrated thriller, intense and gripping throughout, and the ending is powerful and satisfying. 8.5/10.

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