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The Principal (1987)

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.


Christopher Cain


Frank Deese

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Rick Latimer (as James Belushi)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jake Phillips
Rae Dawn Chong ... Hilary Orozco
Michael Wright ... Victor Duncan
J.J. Cohen ... White Zac
Esai Morales ... Raymi Rojas
Troy Winbush ... 'Baby' Emile
Jacob Vargas ... Arturo Diego
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson ... Jojo
Kelly Jo Minter ... Treena Lester (as Kelly Minter)
Ruth Beckford Ruth Beckford ... Mrs. Jenkins
Julian Brooks Julian Brooks ... Kevin
Joan Valderrama Joan Valderrama ... Secretary
Rick Hamilton Rick Hamilton ... Mr. Harkley


Rick Latimer is a teacher who gets a job as the principal of a school with a very bad reputation. In fact, his transfer there is a kind of punishment because he beat his wife's boyfriend. So, Rick finds himself in a school where drugs, knives and guns are very usual things... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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He's teaching the students at Brandel High two words... NO MORE. See more »


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18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Prinzipal - Einer gegen alle See more »

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Alameda, California, USA See more »


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1.85 : 1
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The motorcycle that Rick Latimer rides throughout the movie is a 1985 Honda Shadow. See more »


Around the 19 minute mark, in a close-up of Gossett in Belushi's office, there is a boom mic reflection in the window behind him. See more »


Rick Latimer: [dealing with a couple of troublemakers in his new office, both of whom keep insulting - and trying to injure - each other in front of him] ... Like I said, we got all day...
Robert Darcy: [enters nervously] ... I was hoping to speak to you before this...
Rick Latimer: This wonderful welcoming party? Why don't we start my first day off with some expulsion papers for Mr. Shit and Mr. Fuck here? And call the police.
[to Jake Phillips who has just popped in]
Rick Latimer: Hi. Rick Latimer. I'm the new principal.
Jake Phillips: No kidding.
[moves on]
Robert Darcy: [...]
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Performed by Jellybean Benítez (as Jellybean)
Produced by: Jellybean Benítez
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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31 December 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The school teacher Rick Latimer (James Belushi) is drinking with friends in a bar when he sees his former wife dating her lawyer responsible for their divorce. Rick smashes up the car of the lawyer, is arrested and the school board sends him to the notorious Brandel High School as an alternative to be fired. Without any other option, Rick moves and finds a school dominated by gangs with students rejected from other schools. He joins the students and tells no more for that situation. The chief of the security Jake Phillips (Louis Gossett Jr.) believes Rick is crazy but soon he supports the principal attitudes. But the drug lord Victor Duncan (Michael Wright) is not happy with the new principal and promises to kill him.

"The Principal" is that type of movie for fans of films like "To Sir with Love", "Class of 1984" and "Dangerous Minds", where a teacher faces difficulties in a problematic high-school with the students dominated by gangs. James Belushi performs one of his best roles as Rick Latimer, a school teacher that has destroyed all opportunities in life and now has no other option but stay at the notorious Brandel High School. Louis Gossett Jr. is also excellent as the chief of the security guards in the dangerous high-school. The plot might be unrealistic in the present violent days but in the 80´s it would be credible. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Um Diretor Contra Todos" ("A Principal against Everybody")

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