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Treat Williams ... Karl Thomasson

Angie Everhart ... Jenny

Patrick Kilpatrick ... Brack

Bill Nunn ... Luther

Tim Abell ... Devlin
Grayson Fricke ... Ted Teague

Simon Rhee ... Lim

Scott Miles ... Buckner

Brian Beegle ... Frey
Samantha Thomas ... Harmon

John Michael Weatherly ... Mauk (as Michael Weatherly)

Lori Beth Sikes ... Cunningham (as Lori Beth Edgeman)

Moe Michaels ... Robson (as Mohamed T. El Emam)
J. Don Ferguson ... Colonel Teague
K.C. Powe ... Sissy
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Yulee (as Lonnie Smith)
Laura-Shay Griffin ... Dixie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alton Glass ... Cadet (uncredited)

Shanda Lee Munson ... Cadet Chaney (uncredited)
Jonathan Thompson ... Faculty Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Radler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Frumkes  characters
Dan Gurskis 
Alan Ormsby  characters
Rocco Simonelli  characters

Produced by
Thomas J. Busch .... executive producer
Robert Radler .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Edwards  (as Steve Edwards)
Cinematography by
Richard M. Rawlings Jr.  (as Richard Rawlings)
Film Editing by
Lou Angelo 
Casting by
James F. Tarzia  (as James Tarzia)
Production Design by
Joseph Litsch 
Set Decoration by
Ellen L. Kerr 
Melinda Sanders 
Costume Design by
Peggy Stamper 
Makeup Department
Teresa Foshee .... key makeup artist
Teresa Foshee .... makeup effects artist
Darwin Hensley .... key makeup artist
Darwin Hensley .... makeup effects artist
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist (as Phillip 'Mr. P' Ivey)
Jeff Goodwin .... special makeup maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager (as Tom Busch)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Davis .... second assistant director
Rhonda Guthrie .... second second assistant director
Martin Jedlicka .... first assistant director (as Marty Jedlicka)
Art Department
Joe Branton .... on-set dresser
Michael Choyce .... set dresser
Joe Connolly .... property master
David Dreyer .... lead man
Sound Department
John Bailey .... adr recordist
Freddy Chancellor .... boom operator
Ben Davis .... intern
Brendan Davis .... boom operator
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Peach .... sound recordist
John Sisti .... supervising sound editor
Liz Sroka .... sound re-recording mixer
James Wright .... Dolby Consultant
Special Effects by
Chris Mills .... special effects technician
Richard E. Perry .... special effects technician
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Randy Southerland .... special effects assistant
David Leitch .... stunts
Simon Rhee .... stunt coordinator
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Crowley .... gaffer
Guy D'Alema .... still photographer
Michael Fedack .... camera operator
Donny Fowler .... electrician
Rory Robert Knepp .... Steadicam operator
Rory Robert Knepp .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mark McKinney .... electrician
David McLean .... electrician
Jordan McMonagle .... assistant camera
Nancy Segler .... assistant camera
Fred Thomas .... second assistant camera
Joseph Thomas .... assistant camera
Stephen F. Thomas .... camera intern
Grady Upchurch .... second assistant camera
Steve Zigler .... best boy electric (as Steve 'Ziggy' Zigler)
Casting Department
Chad Darnell .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fred Lloyd .... costume supervisor
Linda N. Robinson .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Ron Orenstein .... dailies colorist
Music Department
Peter Senchuk .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Oranz Walker .... transportation captain
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Alfeo Dixon .... location scout
Seth Fortin .... assistant: Robert Radler
Jalyn Henton .... office assistant
Shanda Lee Munson .... stand-in
Day Permuy .... assistant coordinator
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Sydney Stone .... stand-in
Tara Tovarek .... office assistant
Katie Willard Troebs .... production coordinator

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and some language
91 min
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In the first three Substitute films the antagonists are gangsters; in this film, the antagonist's are white supremacists.See more »
Karl Thomasson:[to Jenny] I hope you like this wine. If you don't, its your fault, 'cause you baught it.
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Movie Connections:
Follows The Substitute (1996)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Average fare, 18 December 2007
Author: caa821 from Tulsa OK

With the exception of "The Godfather," "Rocky," and "The Jolson Story," I can't think of any movies in the history of the art of film which have been worth watching with a "II" or a "2" after the title - much less the successors with even higher digits. (I'm aware "Jolson" didn't employ a number - but this principal applies to sequels without them as well.) "Godfather III," Rocky's IV and V," the "Batman" successors, sequels to earlier successes such as "Romancing the Stone" -- none lived-up to their originals, and most were basically awful,

The "Subsistute" series of dramas has gone farther than it probably should have, especially reaching the "4" level, but at least the settings and scenarios have had some variance.

Treat Williams is a good actor - he's portrayed both decent guys and horses' asses capably. But these flicks, when all is said and done, present the types of proceedings which Steven Seagel would deliver but for two things Williams has and he doesn't: classic good-looks, and acting ability.

Of all the scenes, the most amusing and redeeming was where the military institution is having a formal ball, with one of the duded-up officers and his lady waltzing like competitors at a dance contest in Vienna -- while the sociopathic Colonel heading the facility, and his hand-picked group of cadets in his nefarious racist cadre, slink out to engage in some KKK-type hi-jinks.

Just about every line of prejudiced dialog involving the evil Colonel (whose sole agenda seems to be what David Duke's would be in this position) while delivered in the most sinister and vile manner, seems more like something Belushi and his group on SNL, or the folks on MAD TV, might have dreamed-up and performed with their tongues virtually protruding from their cheeks.

Still, a "campy" piece of entertainment, purely average, on an afternoon if you have nothing pressing for a couple of hours. 5* on this basis, 1 additional for Williams' presence.

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