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Detention (1998)

R | | Drama | March 1998 (USA)
After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and ... See full summary »

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William Walmsley
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Louise Germain
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Davey
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Tony (as Kirk Kelley-Kahn)
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Julie
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Tracey
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Maria
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Willie
Forest Denbow ...
Joey
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Ms. Nunca
Steve Fromholtz ...
Teacher's Rep
Lee Ritchey ...
Principal Weaver
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Moss
Rene Moreno ...
Gonzales
Jodi Leigh ...
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After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and teacher body; uncontrolled and abusive students in an environment of disrespect and lack of discipline. He becomes close to the arts teacher Louise and to the smart and abused student Joey. When he saves Louise from a sexual assault of the student Davey, Louise and him are sued by Davey's family lawyer; then Davey's girlfriend beats Louise. The upset Walmsley lures, drugs and kidnaps Joey and six troublemakers of his class and brings them to his isolate real estate in Alpine, Texas. When the seven students wake up, they are naked and caged in cages with electric fences. When Walmsley arrives, he advises that his class will begin, and any disrespect or lack of discipline will be duly punished, and shots Joey to make clear his intentions. And the class begins. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Goodbye Mister Chips, Hello Midnight Express

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Rated R for strong language, some nudity and violence

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Learning Curve  »

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Louise: What are they, crazy?
The Temp: : They prefer goofy.
Louise: So does Pluto, from what I hear.
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Diamond in the rough
27 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film was obviously made on the cheap, but its low production values didn't prevent me from enjoying it. It is a dark comedy that is quirky and funny, but has enough of a hard edge to keep it out of the mainstream.

The movie is about a man that has accepted a teaching job at a high school where the students are out of control. What he decides to do about it is technically child abuse, but is fun and fascinating to watch.

"You my be right, but I may be crazy..."


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