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The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)

R | | Action, Drama | Video 24 April 2001
An undercover policeman must infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grayson Fricke ...
Ted Teague
Scott Thomas ...
Buckner (as Scott Miles)
Samantha Thomas ...
Mauk (as Michael Weatherly)
Cunningham (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
Robson (as Mohamed T. El Emam)
J. Don Ferguson ...
Colonel Teague
K.C. Powe ...


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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In the first three Substitue films, the protagonist works with a team of mercenaries that he served with in combat. In this film he doesn't work with his mercenary team, but he does work with one an old member of his team who is a martial arts teacher at the military academy. See more »


Karl Thomasson: Jenny, hey.
Jenny: Hey.
Karl Thomasson: I'm sorry.
Jenny: For last night?
Karl Thomasson: Yeah.
Jenny: That's OK, its not the first time someone walked out on me.
Karl Thomasson: Yeah.
Jenny: But usually they walk out after we've had sex.
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Follows The Substitute (1996) See more »

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5 March 2008 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Karl Thomasson is back, this time posing as a history teacher at a military academy that is being taken over by a secret white supremacy group. This unnecessary, and mercifully final, entry in THE SUBSTITUTE series sees Treat Williams in his third time around as the ass-kicking righter of wrongs, and he's terrific as always. But the film is more talk than action, and nothing much happens until the end, when Williams faces off against a sinister Asian henchman. They have a heckuva close-in fight, the likes of which I haven't seen since a similar fight in MARKED FOR DEATH. Bill Nunn is on hand as another undercover agent who teams up with Williams for the final showdown. Angie Everhart is William's love interest. She makes great eye candy but as usual cannot act worth a damn.

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