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The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)

R | | Action, Drama | Video 24 April 2001
Former mercenary Karl Thomasson returns once again as a substitute teacher, this time to infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.

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Brack
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Luther
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Devlin
Grayson Fricke ...
Ted Teague
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Lim
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Buckner (as Scott Miles)
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Frey
Samantha Thomas ...
Harmon
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Mauk (as Michael Weatherly)
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Cunningham (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
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Robson (as Mohamed T. El Emam)
J. Don Ferguson ...
Colonel Teague
K.C. Powe ...
Sissy
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A former mercenary joins a military academy as a teacher. He soon discovers a neo-Nazi group, code-named Werewolves, formed among the cadets. He also quickly finds that they have military leadership among the officers at the Academy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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

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The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option  »

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This is the only film in the Substitute series in which Karl is no longer a mercenary. This time, he is retired from the mercenary business and is now a police detective. See more »

Goofs

When Karl walks in on Jenny having sex with another man, the man clearly looks at Karl when he is standing in the doorway. However, shortly after Karl walks away, the character then asks Jenny what was the matter as if he didn't see Karl. See more »

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Buckner: We're prime for another civil war. This time its whites against blacks.
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Follows The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) See more »

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NO Substitute for Substitue IV
25 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Treat Williams is at his best in this, the fourth installment of the famous Substitute series. The plot twists are delectable, and the fight scenes are horrifyingly realistic yet perfectly intriguing. Fans of cerebral cinema will appreciate the undertones of racial tension and personal identity struggles, while the action buffs will enjoy the numerous explosions and gunfire. Yes, there is a little something for everyone in The Substitute IV- we can only hope and pray that Treat will sign on for the fifth and final installment of the series- Substitute V.


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