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Plain Clothes (1987)

To prove his brother's innocence, undercover officer Nick enrolls in high school again, dealing with crushes, bullies, humiliations, popularity swings, and quirky teachers and staff to find the real murderer.

Director:

Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Scott Frank (screenplay) (as A. Scott Frank), Scott Frank (story) (as A. Scott Frank) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arliss Howard ... Nick Dunbar
Suzy Amis ... Robin Torrence
George Wendt ... Chet Butler
Diane Ladd ... Jane Melway
Seymour Cassel ... Ed Malmburg
Larry Pine ... Dave Hechtor
Jackie Gayle Jackie Gayle ... Coach Zeffer
Abe Vigoda ... Mr. Wiseman
Robert Stack ... Mr. Gardner
Alexandra Powers ... Dawn-Marie Zeffer
Peter Dobson ... Kyle Kerns
Harry Shearer ... Simon Feck
Loren Dean ... Matt Dunbar
Reginald VelJohnson ... Captain Graff
Max Perlich ... Carter
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Storyline

Trying to get his brother out of jail, Nick has to bump his way out again from high school, find the murderer, keep his job as a policeman and run away from crazy little girls. Written by JS

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An Undercover Nightmare.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1989 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Glory Days See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$289,323
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The poem read by Nick in class is a classic poem by the famous poet e.e. cummings entitled "She Being Brand New." See more »

Quotes

Captain Graff: Dunbar, get me a cup of coffee, two sugars.
Nick: Yes, sir.
Punk Girl: Easy to see who has all the status around here, Dunbar.
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AIN'T GOT NOBODY
Written by Billy Sherwood, Bruce Gowdy and Jodie Cortez
Performed by Billy Sherwood and Katey Sagal
Produced by Billy Sherwood
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Quite a Pleasant Surprise!
19 June 2005 | by doctorwholittleSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that I watched on a Saturday afternoon when there was nothing else on, & man, am I glad I did.

Arliss Howard plays a young detective who must go undercover at a high school in order to clear his younger brother of a murder accusation. Seems straightforward enough, but this film actually tosses in some plot twists that make the viewer have to pay attention. The movie is punctuated by its quirky sense of humour (look for the quick visual gag "Free at Last!" in Robert Stack's office!!) & a refusal to take itself seriously. Adding to the charm of this are excellent performances by Robert Stack, Suzy Amis, Diane Ladd, George Wendt, Seymour Cassel, Reginald VelJohnson, & a howlingly deadpan performance by the great Abe Vigoda!

This film will never win any awards, but the cast are solid & the script is funny. It's a tad more grown-up & far less preachy than most of the '80s pap that garnered all the attention, & if anyone's looking for a good popcorn-muncher that'll give a few good laughs, try this one on for size.


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