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A heroic high school teacher leads a band of students trapped in school by violent drug-runners.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Lamb
Gloria Waylon
Mick Ashton
Willy Lopez
Hogie Hogarth (as Chris Collins)
Jay Tee Barrow
Earl Hendorf
Margo Conroy
Danielle Hampton ...
Alicia Roberts
Nicole Dicker ...
Charlee Turkle
Roy Lewis ...
Lyle Neeson
Corey Washington


Hamilton High is no place for a teacher who cares. Teacher Sam Decker doesn't care anymore. He's quitting. Sam marks his last day in the battleground of public education by getting saddled with the detention class after hours, playing warden to a pack of rebellious students, the worst troublemakers in school. But Hamilton High is about to become an all too real battleground when a well-organized group of killers armed with automatic weapons and explosives invade the supposedly deserted school after hours to use it as an operating base for meticulously planned armored car robbery. Led by the brilliant and sadistic Chester Lamb, the invaders are surprised to discover Sam and the kids from the detention room are still inside the school. The hunt is on as the killers ruthlessly stalk the teacher and students through the school's halls and classrooms, while Lamb tracks them on the surveillance cameras, turning the school's security system against his prey. Sam and the kids band together ... Written by Anonymous

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






Release Date:

5 September 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Detention - Die Lektion heißt Überleben!  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

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The screenplay had originally been written in 1993, with Paul Lynch intending to direct. See more »


Chester Lamb: Shoot them, Viktor! Shoot them in the bum!
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Written by Orion Curiel and Justin Philips
Published by The Union Label Group
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Don't be fooled by its rating.
30 November 2003 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting a lot from a film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Dolph Lundgren but I was surely expecting more than a got. A one-liner user comment - 2nd rate action movie - didn't seem too depreciative to me for a Lundgren film. On the other hand, I wouldn't have bothered to watch this film if its rating was below 5.0 but hey, the movie had a 5.9 out of 10 score, which seemed pretty acceptable to me for this kind of production.

Now I understand that the 37.5% of people who rated this film a 10 (excellent) was clearly a publicity stunt because DETENTION is the regular Nu Image garbage you have seen before, over and over.

Lundgren does not convince as an ex-military turned a history teacher assigned to a rough school. His acting is just plain terrible, emotionless and contrived. Lundgren's inability to act becomes more visible in the scenes with the juvenile delinquent kids. Either they are great actors or, compared to Lundgren, they seem great actors - just because they seem natural and believable.

DETENTION has some elements that could have been potentially interesting for this low budget movie - a closed-for-weekend high-security high school, four teens in detention with a war-veteran teacher and a group of ruthless criminals trying to get in - but the story (something like THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets DIE HARD, or is it PANIC ROOM?) is full of unbelievable situations, lots of clichés and stereotypical characters. And let's not forget Dolph Lundgren is the main actor.

Alex Karzis and Kata Dobó play a Bonnie and Clyde couple in love and they deliver the most acceptable performances of the movie, even if he seems a low-budget version of Sam Rockwell and she, a Milla Jovovich wanna-be. In a movie where everything fails, their craziness and style supplied enough fresh air to prevent my interest from dropping to ground zero.

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