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Dangerous Minds (1995)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louanne Johnson
... Hal Griffith
... Mr. George Grandey
... Mrs. Carla Nichols
... Mary Benton
... Waiter
... Irene Roberts
... Raul Sanchero
... Emilio Ramirez
... Callie Roberts
... Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez ... Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant ... Durrell Benton
Marisela Gonzales ... Angela
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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She Broke The Rules... And Changed Their Lives.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Posse Don't Do Homework  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Garcia's scenes as Louanne's love interest were filmed but cut. See more »

Goofs

When Raul gets dragged away by the police from his fight with Emilio you can see that his ponytail is ruined, but in the next shot when they got out of the school his ponytail was back. See more »

Quotes

Louanne: You asked me once how I was gonna save your life. This is it. This moment.
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Connections

Referenced in Pinky and the Brain: Dangerous Brains (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

LET ME DIE IN MY FOOTSTEPS
Written by Bob Dylan
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12 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Many comments insist that the plot of this movie is overdone. While the "Inspirational Teacher" outline has been used many times before, Dangerous Minds approaches it from an entirely different angle. Michelle Pfieffer's character's connection with the students is strong and a pleasure to watch. The issues covered in the film are shown in a straight and realistic way, and are not glazed over by Hollywood magic. Maybe it isn't my favorite movie, but I recommend you give it a chance. Worth seeing.

***1/2 out of *****


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