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Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | January 1980 (USA)
In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's ... See full summary »

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

James Defelice (screenplay), Max Braithwaite (based on the book "Why Shoot The Teacher" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... Max Brown
Samantha Eggar ... Alice Field
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Lyle Bishop
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Harris Montgomery
John Friesen ... Dave McDougall
Michael J. Reynolds ... Bert Field
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Inspector Woods
Scott Swan Scott Swan ... Dan Trowbridge
Merrilyn Gann ... Sheila Barnes
Norma West ... Mrs. Bishop
Margery Hill Margery Hill ... Mrs. Montgomery
Joanne McNeal Joanne McNeal ... Mrs. McDougall
George Gwin George Gwin ... Dance Caller
Doug Blake Doug Blake ... Percy Garfield
Alan Stebbings Alan Stebbings ... Lester Sinclair
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Storyline

In the 1930's, Max Brown is an urban young man from an Eastern province, fresh from college, whose only job offer is in a one-room school house in the Canadian prairie. At first he's distant, superior, lonely, and bewildered; his students are rebellious. Over the course of the year, he is drawn to Alice Field, the wife of a farmer, in a love that can lead nowhere. But, he and his students connect, a connection that matters and lasts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1935 wasn't all his fault

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man schießt nicht auf den Lehrer See more »

Filming Locations:

Hanna, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD810,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1935. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Wood: This should be an easy one. What is the capital of Canada?
Inspector Wood: [pointing to a student in the classroom] Yes, boy.
Charlie Mc Dougall: [standing to attention] The capital of Canada is C.
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Personal Opinion of Why Shoot The Teacher
22 October 2005 | by that_guylyfeSee all my reviews

I think that the movie, "Why Shoot the Teacher," was pretty accurate in displaying what really went on during the 1930s. It showed many difficulties people had during the Great Depression, such as unemployment. The movie focuses on one man, Max Brown who decides to go to the Prairies to work as a teacher. We watched with anticipation and curiosity to see how he would do with the new children. I believe the movie was effective because they displayed Mr. Brown as a very innocent man. During hard times, we feel sorry for him, because he is such a nice man and is struggling to stay on his own feet with people trying to walk all over him. In the end, I think the movie wasn't bad. I think it was very helpful in giving us some insight to what really happened during such harsh times.


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