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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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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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As Alex and Eddie discuss the stolen car and Eddie returning to take a remedial reading class, Alex's coat and hair change from zipped and combed, to unzipped and messy in one series of dialog, then back to zipped and combed at the end of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Roger Rubell: [to Troy] How can you be so stupid, huh? Would you tell me how you can be so damn stupid? As if we don't have enough problems. We're in the middle of a lawsuit, buddy. Three girls - three of our own students. Why don't you go to some other school and get their girls pregnant? You know what this is gonna do to the school? You know how it's gonna look? Teamwork, Troy, does not mean going out and starting your own team.
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References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

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Can't Stop The Fire
Performed by Eric Martin
Produced by Kevin Elson
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Good film, flawed, but good.
27 June 2011 | by dapriz6See 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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