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The Substitute (1993)

A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student who begins to suspect her true identity.

Director:

Martin Donovan

Writer:

David S. Goyer (as Cynthia Verlaine)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Donohoe ... Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington
Dalton James ... Josh Wyatt
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Jenny
Eugene Robert Glazer ... Ben Wyatt (as Eugene Glazer)
Patricia Gage ... Principal Beatty
Shelley Owens ... Amy Cooper
Mark Wahlberg ... Ryan Westerberg (as Marky Mark)
Brigitta Brigitta ... Margo
David Frankham ... Riggs
Christian Svensson ... Dave Korczuk
Cusse Mankuma Cusse Mankuma ... Bernard
Molly Parker ... Courtney
Lossen Chambers ... Kim
D. Neil Mark ... Rusty
Martin Martinuzzi Martin Martinuzzi ... Doug Richards
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Storyline

After high school teacher Gayle Richardson finds out her husband is cheating on her, killing him and his mistress in an outburst of rage, she sets the house on fire and flees. One year later we find her back in another town, at another school, under another name. Everything is running smoothly, until people start messing with her new life and her hidden past and she is forced to stop them... at all costs. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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Pray she doesn't call on you. See more »

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Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An Explosive Amanda Donohoe
8 April 2017 | by francozeffSee all my reviews

Wow! I had a lot of fun, I was taken and manipulated in the most delicious way. Amanda Donohoe creates a very human monster. She is spec-ta-cu-lar! That pain that you perceive in every one of her smiles is like an emotional ticking bomb that sooner or later is going to explode. I had to be reminded this movie was made for cable TV about two decades ago and that may explain its inconsistencies. Martin Donovan, the director, has an eye and an elegance so beautifully present in his Apartment Zero. There is a clear ambition, visual and dramatic in this surprising movie - look at that triangular moment at the school party. Father, son and teacher. Or the computer search with images and words taking over the screen. Also, the performances are totally cinematic. It bears repeating that Amanda Donohoe's performance deserves some kind of trophy. Dalton James, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Molly Parker and even Mark Wahlberg making his film debut have moments of beauty and power. All the characters even the smallest have a chance to shine. I've been trying to buy it in Amazon or Netflix - they never heard of it! I can't find it anywhere but I'm determined to see it again.


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