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Dangerous Minds (1995)

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director:

John N. Smith

Writers:

LouAnne Johnson (book), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Louanne Johnson
George Dzundza ... Hal Griffith
Courtney B. Vance ... Mr. George Grandey
Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Carla Nichols
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Mary Benton
John Neville ... Waiter
Lorraine Toussaint ... Irene Roberts
Renoly Santiago ... Raul Sanchero
Wade Dominguez ... Emilio Ramirez
Bruklin Harris ... Callie Roberts
Marcello Thedford ... Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez Roberto Alvarez ... Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant Richard Grant ... Durrell Benton
Marisela Gonzales Marisela Gonzales ... Angela
Toni Nichelle Buzhardt Toni Nichelle Buzhardt ... Nikki
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Storyline

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

She Broke The Rules... And Changed Their Lives.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Posse Don't Do Homework See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlingame, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,931,503, 13 August 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$84,919,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,519,401
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released under Michelle Pfeiffer's production company, the movie's success bolstered Pfeiffer's reputation as an actress/producer. See more »

Goofs

When Louanne walks in on the first day Nikki (girl in the overalls) is sitting, the next scene she is standing, then back to sitting. See more »

Quotes

Louanne: What should i tell them? If they dont want to die remember to knock?
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Connections

Referenced in Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

MESSAGE FOR YOUR MIND
Written by Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell (as Alphonzo Mizell), Berry Gordy, Deke Richards, Rappin' 4-Tay
Performed by Rappin' 4-Tay
Courtesy of Chrysalis/EMI Records/Rag Top Records
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very nice
12 February 2007 | by manflesheaterSee all my reviews

Well..for me it was very interesting to watch a movie like because it shows how a bright person can change a ''dangerous mind'' and make them active rather than rejecting them and drive them to the streets selling drugs and the likes...the ideas is this movie were very awesome and hitting on the core of the American society in the early 90's,so that it criticizes the whole daily life in an inner city as a prototype...family,relationships,fear,fights,power,those are some of the crucial themes the movie .Actually, the teacher did a good job with the collaboration and curiosity of those students,because they feel that there is something special about the new teacher which they lacked with the previous one and also because she gave them more freedom and behaved toward them as friends not students,,,:) well done teacher!!!


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