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One Eight Seven (1997)

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 ... See full summary »

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Dave Childress
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Ellen Henry
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Cesar Sanchez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Principal Garcia
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Rita Martinez
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Benny Chacon
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Larry Hyland
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Stevie Littleton
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Paco
Ebony Monique Solomon ...
Lakesia
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Barsek (as Yannis Bogris)
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Victor
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Mrs. Chacon
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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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Drama | Thriller

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

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30 July 1997 (USA)  »

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187  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$5,716,080 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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Samuel L. Jackson and Antwon Tanner reunited in Coach Carter (2005). See more »

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Caesar's hat switches from forward to backward to forward to backward immediately before and during Mr. Garfield's inquiry as to who is responsible for vandalizing bungalow 86. See more »

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[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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A teacher wrote this movie. See more »

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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Spying Glass
Written by Nellee Hooper, Robert Del Naja (as Robert Del Naja), Andrew Vowles (as Andrew Vowles),
Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall) and Horace Hinds
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Circa Records Ltd./Virgin Records
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A nice, thoughtful alternative to all those countless DANGEROUS MINDS clones made during the time.
7 January 2003 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

Kevin Reynolds' 187, although billed as another "straight-laced-teacher-turns-troubled-urban-highschool-teens-into-well-rounded-individuals" movie, goes above and beyond this tired premise. The provocative story (which was apparently written by an actual highschool teacher) breathes new life into the otherwise stale highschool-drama subgenre.

Samuel L. Jackson's performance as Trevor Garfield is fantastic, and his many emotional scenes and powerfully delivered lines of dialogue work well at allowing the audience to sympathize with the disenchanted Garfield and relate to his humdrum life. Also, the characters are much more dynamic and developed here than in most movies of this kind. The student as well as the faculty roles are all given unique personalities, backgrounds, and adequate motivation for their actions, which is a refreshing departure from the typical "the reason they're bad kids is because they grew up in the 'hood"-style characterizations.

Although a few of the supporting performances are somewhat stilted (mainly because they are overshadowed by Jackson's excellence), the highly original story is clever enough keep anyone's interest piqued until the heartrending (although arguably contrived) ending. 187, aside from being smart, touching, and one-of-a-kind, really shows off Reynolds' ability to successfully convert a good, solid screenplay into a good, solid film. And since this movie was made directly after his abominable WATER WORLD, we should all by doubly impressed by his efforts!


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