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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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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Within a week, she got an entire classroom of "unteachable" punks to respect her...trust her...and even admire her. That was the easy part. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer was pregnant during production. Although shot out of sequence like most films, it becomes apparent when methods are used to hide the actress' stomach. Methods such as long skirts and bulky sweaters along with scenes where Pfeiffer is shown carrying large objects were used. 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

Emilio Ramirez: What, are you gonna give me some advice? Just say no? Well, forget it! How the fuck are you gonna save me from my life, huh?
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Connections

Referenced in Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #3.8 (2017) See more »

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Feel the Funk
Written by Skip Scarborough and Chris Stokes
Performed by Immature
Courtesy of MCA Records
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convincing drama & wonderful story
30 March 2003 | by patagonia_moviemaniaSee all my reviews

Last year I saw this film at our English class which was written by LouAnne Johnson and directed by John Smith.

In the film, Michelle Pfeiffer starred LouAnne Joihnson, a teacher who starts working in a high school where students don't listen to their teachers and only do the things that they like. So LouAnne has to break the rules and by doing so, she changes their lives. For all this students start to love her.

Dangerous Mind is an excellent and common film which doesn't need special effects to catch our attention, because only with the characters, the simple clothes they wear and the wonderful story, as well as a nice sound track, we can get hooked.

I recommend people to see this film because it has things that can happen in our lives and the drama the film has is very convincing.

Gisella Villarreal, Cutral Co, Neuquen, Argentina.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Posse Don't Do Homework See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,931,503, 13 August 1995

Gross USA:

$84,919,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,519,401
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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