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The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999)

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At a college visit to a war buddy's professor daughter, mercenary Treat Williams finds her brutally beaten. He then poses as a teacher to teach a lesson to the football jocks responsible.

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David Jensen ...
Macy
Barbara Jane Reams ...
Albanian Girl
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Prof. Nicole Stewart
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Terri
Michael Shane Davis ...
Josh Silver
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Rahmel
Ed Cameron ...
Bo Robinson
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Thad
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Muscle
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Head Coach Bill Braden
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Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson, his friend Macy, and an albanian girl are being held in a brutal Kosovo prison where Macy is severely beaten. Just before he dies, Macy gives Karl a medal to give to Macy's daughter Nicole Stewart, who is a professor of english at Eastern Atlantic University on Long Island in New York. Karl and the Albanian girl then escape, and Karl kills their two captors. Three months later, Karl shows up at the university and visits Nicole, who is reluctant to accept Macy's medal because due to his military obligations, Macy was out of Nicole's life more than he was in it. Soon after Karl visits Nicole, she is brutally beaten up. When Karl hears of this, he has his friends Ed Lincoln and Rahmel help him take over as Nicole's substitute under a false name, then Karl brings another mercenary friend named Andy in on the investigation of the beating so Andy can work with Karl, Ed, and Rahmel. Karl believes it was a member of the football team who did it then he ... Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@mis.net>

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality, | See all certifications »

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A félelmek iskolája 3: Dupla vagy semmi  »

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The movie is set in Long Island but was shot in Salt Lake City so the director had to make sure that no mountains appeared in any shot. See more »

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A bad guy gets his arm cut off. By the look of the arm, the arm is severed below the shoulder but when we see the guy, it appears that the cut was made at the shoulder. (And it is obvious that his arm tucked into his shirt.) See more »

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Macy: I don't feel anything below my neck. Why don't you just make me a little more comfortable and then you skip town by yourself?
Karl Thomasson: What and give up my favorite dance partner? Not a chance.
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Teaches a Valuable Lesson
21 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Substitute trilogy adopts a noble cause. All three films endeavour to teach their audience the great value of violence. The technique is very subtle. The films begin with a school where it seems that humourless criminal thugs have taken control. They bully students and even the teachers, to the point of making their lives a living hell.

Substitute 3 sticks to the formula. That's where Treat Wiliams steps in, fresh from serving as an honourable mercenary on the good side, of course, in some war. (His salary is never mentioned. Perhaps he just does it for the satisfaction of knowing that he is killing bad people. I always feel satisfied when I kill bad people, so it would make sense.)

His problem is not the bad thugs in the school. He can smash them to a pulp with very little effort, and he takes every opportunity to do so. The trouble is that the pretty blond English professor isn't yet convinced that the solution to violence is more brutal violence. It's probably all those arty books she's read. Therefore Treat has to demonstrate by punching, kicking, knifing and shooting as many of the bad guys as possible.

I won't spoil the ending. You'll have to watch the film yourself to find out whether the prof sees how misguided she was.


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