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Writers (WGA):
Lois Duncan (novel)
Michael Angeli (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 April 1997 (USA) See more »
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The high school students didn't mean to kill Mr. Griffin. They wanted to make him suffer. But when their mean English teacher turns up dead... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Scott Bairstow ... Mark Kinney

Amy Jo Johnson ... Susan McConnell

Mario Lopez ... Dave Ruggles

Chris Young ... Jeff

Michelle Williams ... Maya
Jennifer Hammon ... Bree Gunderson
Mindy Spence ... Tori

Maitland Ward ... Candice Lee
Cordelia Richards ... Kathy Griffin

Jay Thomas ... Mr. Griffin
Joan McMurtrey ... Janet McConnell

Scott Jaeck ... Vince McConnell
James McDonnell ... Willy Kinney
Rhonda Dotson ... Dolly Luna

Joey Zimmerman ... Nicholas McConnell
Laura Owens ... Amy Kinney

Dennis Redfield ... Substitute

Denise Dowse ... Det. Pruitt
Richard Marion ... Mr. Bontley

Paul Linke ... Coach
Lucy Lin ... Newscaster
Katie Johnston ... Pajama Queen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roy Samuelson ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Bender 
Writing credits
Lois Duncan (novel)

Michael Angeli (teleplay) and
Kathleen Rowell (teleplay)

Produced by
Suzy Beugen .... produced by
Willard Carroll .... executive producer
Bonnie Raskin .... executive producer
Thomas L. Wilhite .... executive producer (as Tom Wilhite)
Chris Young .... co-producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
David Geddes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Melnick 
Casting by
Robin Lippin 
Production Design by
Richard Sawyer 
Set Decoration by
Linda Allen 
Costume Design by
Judy Truchan 
Makeup Department
Emily Katz .... key make up artist (as Emily E. Katz)
Susan Kelber .... key hair stylist
Roseanne McIlvane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lisa Rocco .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Rick Blumenthal .... unit production manager
Joseph Dervin Jr. .... executive in charge of post production
James R. McGee .... executive in charge of production
Richard Winnie .... post production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.C. Barnes .... second second assistant director
Matthew J. Clark .... first assistant director (as Matthew Clark)
W. Thomas Snyder .... second assistant director (as Tom Snyder)
Art Department
Barbara Benz .... property master
Christopher Kennedy .... leadman
Roger Kelton .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Mari Phillips .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Walter Anderson .... production sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
David E. Fluhr .... re-recording mixer (as David Fluhr)
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor
Oliver Barth .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Bob Costanza .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator
Shawn Crowder .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Davidson .... camera operator
Rick Davidson .... steadicam
Chris Morley .... gaffer
Paul Threlkeld .... key grip
William E. Fitch .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Brian Kinzey .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronald A. Miller .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kris Loughlin .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant editor (as Randy Harrison)
Music Department
Nino Centurion .... music editor
Robert J. Kral .... additional music by
Jonathan Palmer .... music supervisor
Mary Oatman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Alicen Catron Schneider .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ed Tucker .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Laura Boland .... assistant: Ms. Raskin
SueEllen Clair .... assistant production coordinator
Robert C. Decker .... location manager (as Robert Decker)
Penny Franks .... production coordinator
Hilary Momberger .... script supervisor
Susan Pearce .... production accountant
Louis Farah .... supervising medic (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and some sensuality
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Crew or equipment visible: Right after the kidnapping, when Susan goes into the candy store; the Boom Mike and its operator can be seen right over Maya's left shoulder in the reflection on the right side of the stores window.See more »
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References Animal House (1978)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Adequate, but read the book instead, 8 January 2006
Author: S Bradford from New York, NY

Poor Lois Duncan. She's written many good-to-excellent thrillers aimed at the teen set, but their video adaptations almost never do them justice. "I Know What You Did Last Summer" was turned into a teen slasher flick; "Gallows Hill" was butchered into "I've Been Waiting for You", and "Don't Look Behind You" (one of Duncan's best, about a girl whose family enters Witness Relocation) was turned into a vehicle for "Dallas" has-been Patrick Duffy! Only "Summer of Fear", aka "Stranger in Our House", managed to survive intact (though you still have to put up with the dog/horse plot switch, as well as Linda Blair's scary perm).

The "Killing Mr. Griffin" movie, sad to say, is a middling effort, not at all worthy of the excellent source material. Most of the characters survive the transition to the screen, but are watered down and robbed of their distinctive traits. Mr. Griffin himself, a well-meaning guy who has trouble relating to kids in the book, is simply a jerk here. But worse is what happens to Mark Kinney. In the book, it is slowly and frighteningly revealed that Mark is actually a sociopath, whose history of violence and ability bend the group to his will is even more troubling than what happens to Mr. Griffin. But in the movie, Mark is just another troubled kid who is reacting to the pressure his parents have put on him to succeed. Too bad, because his original incarnation is much, much scarier.

If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it, as well as the other books I've mentioned above. It would be a much better use of your time.

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