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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.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

W.R. McKinney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Alex Jurel
JoBeth Williams ... Lisa Hammond
Judd Hirsch ... Roger Rubell
Ralph Macchio ... Eddie Pilikian
Allen Garfield ... Carl Rosenberg
Lee Grant ... Dr. Donna Burke
Richard Mulligan ... Herbert Gower
Royal Dano ... Ditto Stiles
William Schallert ... Horn
Art Metrano ... Troy
Laura Dern ... Diane
Crispin Glover ... Danny
Morgan Freeman ... Lewis
Madeleine Sherwood ... Grace
Steven Hill ... Sloan
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Storyline

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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They fall asleep in class. Throw ink on each other. Never come in Mondays. And they're just the teachers. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Aufsässigen See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed at Central High School in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus City Schools had closed Central High, and several others, due to declining enrollment, after the court-ordered desegregation of its school system, which took effect in 1979, and resulted in many families moving to the suburbs, to avoid having their children bused to schools not in their neighborhoods. Since then, Central High School has been renovated, to become the new site of the Center for Science and Industry. See more »

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When Diane goes into the coaches office he pulls down the shade, however, when they leave during the fire drill, the shade is back up. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: [Lisa has just handed Alex a subpoena while he is in the men's room]
Lisa: It really is good to see you, Mr. Jurel.
Alex Jurel: Considering how much you've seen, who don't you call me Alex?
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References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

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Edge of a Dream
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The Hospital this ain't
18 December 2005 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

Except for the shock of JoBeth Williams idiot-level strip tease, plus a few other sharp digs about school teachers you and I have hated or loved, I can't think of a single reason to pay any attention to this Arthur Hiller glob of pretentiousness. Whatever Hiller did to elicit what Judith Crist said was "arguably George C. Scott's finest screen performance" in The Hospital, he didn't do it here for Nick Nolte or Williams or anyone else involved. What we're left with is a stale attempt to expose the darker workings of an American high school, but unlike The Hospital and its wonderfully scorched-earth approach to the runnings of a major healing center, Teachers just makes you want to vote for vouchers--and get your money back from the place you rented this dreck.


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