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The Principal (1987)

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

Director:

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 arson, extortion and assault, the new principal and the head of security just might be crazy enough to turn things around. See more »


Certificate:

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In this movie, James Belushi (Ricky Latimer) is supposed to be much older than Michael Wright (Victor Duncan). In actuality, they are less than two years apart in age. Belushi was born in June of 1954 and Wright was born in April of 1956. 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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Livin' in the Line of Fire
Written by Jay Gruska, Bruce Roberts and Andy Goldmark
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Revenge of the 80's: James Belushi Superstar.
2 February 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

The Principal (1987) was another star vehicle for James Belushi. This fun film is Blackboard Jungle mixed with Class of 1984. The film is filled with a lot of the minor stars of this era such as Lou Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong, Esai Morales and Kelly Jo Minter to name a few.

J.B.stars as a washed out High School Prep teacher who's personal life begins to fall apart. He snaps one day and his immediately canned. That is until he's given a second chance. He's appointed Principal at a local rundown high school. During his tour he plots out away to change not only the school but his own life around.

A nice movie in the vein of Lean On Me. Who am I kidding, this is a bone crunching exploitive film that features all of the things that we love about these type of movies. If this movie was made today it would be a P.G.-13 flick. Not a classic but a nice exploitive affair.

Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,297,710, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$19,734,940

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,734,940
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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