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Teachers (1984)

A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex Jurel
... Lisa Hammond
... Roger Rubell
... Eddie Pilikian
... Carl Rosenberg
... Dr. Donna Burke
... Herbert Gower
... Ditto Stiles
... Horn
... Troy
... Diane
... Danny
... Lewis
... Grace
... Sloan
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A teacher overcomes his frustration in a high-school full of flunkies. As he attempts to educate his students, his attempts to help them gets him into trouble with the school board, which only adds to his problems. With the support of his students he beats the school board and his frustration. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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Monday morning at JFK High. See more »

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Die Aufsässigen  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,013,366, 8 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,774,237
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1.85 : 1
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The first film, in which Ralph Macchio appeared, after his box-office hit The Karate Kid (1984). See more »

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When Lisa and Alex are having dinner, Lisa's wine glass goes from full to half full and back again. See more »

Quotes

[Paramedic checks for Ditto's pulse]
Paramedic: This guy's dead.
School Nurse: [holding a lit cigarette] Really? How can you tell?
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References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

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Foolin' Around
Performed by Freddie Mercury
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Good film, flawed, but good.
27 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie again recently and even though it was exaggerated a little, I thought it was pretty good. I went to both public and private schools in the 70s-80s and saw many of the same sort of teachers and administration in both types of school. I had teachers who didn't care, who just couldn't teach, and those who actually did try to engage the students and do a good job, and all of those types, although exaggerated a little, are portrayed here. I've also seen clueless principals who just hid out in their offices all day and were in their car driving away 5 minutes before the final bell rang.

Around the time the movie was released, I read a news story about a girl who was valedictorian of her school, in the National Honors Society, but flunked out of college due to being unable to read because of dyslexia and she ended up suing her school.

This wasn't clearly the case in the film, but should a student who can't perform to a minimum academic standard or doesn't even show up for class and turn in work still pass and get a diploma?

The fact the school was more concerned with with its image than with addressing the issue is something I also saw in school growing up and even now. In my area recently, a local doctor sued his son's former school over unrefunded tuition money. He claimed his son was bullied there for a couple of years and complaints and meetings with school officials didn't help, so he enrolled his son elsewhere. When he unenrolled his son, the school would only refund the unused portion of tuition if the father signed a confidentiality agreement stating he wouldn't discuss what went on there. Sound familiar?

Although a bit over the top, Teachers is an example of what went on, and probably still goes on, in schools and is worth seeing.


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