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The Principal (1987)

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

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Christopher Cain

Writer:

Frank Deese
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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At a high school where the students major in Rioting, Racketeering and Rumbling...one man who's never done ANYTHING by the book is about to lay down the law. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Prinzipal - Einer gegen alle See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,734,940
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Near the end, when Victor Duncan gets out of the car, walks on school grounds to kill Latimer He is wearing a black leather jacket and black leather pants. In the rest of the scene's Duncan is wearing blue jeans. See more »

Quotes

Rick Latimer: [awaiting Victor Duncan] We'll give him another minute. And then we'll go home.
Jake Phillips: [after only a few seconds] Okay, time's up.
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Our Own Eyes
Written by Jay Gruska and Paul Gordon
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"GET - OUT - OF - THE - F***ING - CAR - MOTHERF***ER!"
27 June 2001 | by King of PainSee all my reviews

This is a great 80's film - James Belushi and Louis Gossett, Jr. are excellent and you're with them all the way as they're so likeable.

Rick Latimer (Belushi) is great; he starts off as being a kind-of drunken, violent loser (but he's funny so we let him off) and then becomes a reluctant hero who realises why he's a teacher in the first place and makes an effort to SORT THINGS OUT.

This film is full of COOL bits; every scene with Latimer on his motorcycle ("Disneyland!" or 'El Principal'), the scene where the makeshift security team crack down ("...set it off on the left, y'all, set it off on the right..."), the assembly scene ("NO MORE!")...all great. Soundtrack's also TOP (if you like 80's music..!).

Recommended.

"I got my a** kicked for nothin', Ricky!"


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