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Detention (I) (1998)

 -  Drama  -  March 1998 (USA)
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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 ... 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 ...
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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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Louise: What are they, crazy?
The Temp: : They prefer goofy.
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A brilliant dark comedy, not to be missed.
29 April 1999 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

"Detention" is a film that's as smart as it is entertaining. The dialogue puts the contrived clichés of the average Hollywood films to shame, while the cleaver plot twist keep the audience guessing right to the pictures end. (Stay for the credits) Andy Anderson and his mostly young cast confront the question of school violence and the crisis in our schools head-on in this dark comedy. The role of Bill Walmsley, played by John S. Davies, is a signature performance of a teacher who still manages to care in an impossible situation, maybe way too much. This is truly independent film, made for all the right reasons. Anderson is a teacher, and his passionate concern for students and education comes shining through in this brilliant comedy. This film places him solidly at the fore-front of current independent writer/directors and hopefully this film will be given the audience it richly deserves.


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