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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 »





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Walmsley
Meason Wiley ...
Tony (as Kirk Kelley-Kahn)
Forest Denbow ...
Ms. Nunca
Steve Fromholtz ...
Teacher's Rep
Lee Ritchey ...
Principal Weaver
Rene Moreno ...
Jodi Leigh ...
Teacher's Aide


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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Rated R for strong language, some nudity and violence

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Learning Curve  »

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A-List Unknowns (The Cast) / with Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Potential
11 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I Had No Idea What To Expect of this Indie..But the Beginning was a little slow, but it was very important because that's where all of the clues are.Then Bang!!!!a turn of events that no one would expect and talking about a Cast of unknowns that Held their Own and should be some of the most sought after Talent in Hollywood..They were Extraordinary, Especially Compared to what you see @ Theaters Today and Boy does this cast have Guts... This Movie Deserves to Be Theatricality Released Nationally Soon...there is a truly Important message for all to be Learned in "Learning Curve". I am Myself Bi-Racial as the one cast Members "Tony" (Kirk Kelley-Kahn) or so I've Read, and I can totally relate to his Character..America Isn't so different Than France as far as the way the students were casted.Although I found that some important scenes of his work was in the deleted scenes (Wonder Why). He Has a "Star Presence" as we Call It Here. The other student "The Bitch Tracey"(Brandy Little) was so Typical but played with no Limits. Davey (Meason Wylie) was a total Looser but his performance was so believable, Everyone should own a copy of this Whirlwind of a film ,Buy this One!!!! It would Probably be a Cult type following Flick..I am Sure of It. The Best Film of 2004

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