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The Substitute (1996)

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After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Jonathan Shale
Raymond Cruz ... Joey Six
William Forsythe ... Hollan
Luis Guzmán ... Rem
Richard Brooks ... Wellman
Ana Azcuy Ana Azcuy ... TV Announcer
Diane Venora ... Jane Hetzko
Glenn Plummer ... Mr. Darrell Sherman
Shar-Ron Corley ... Jerome Brown (as Sharron Corley)
Vincent Laresca ... Rodriguez
Maurice Compte ... Tay
Marc Anthony ... Juan Lacas
Ernie Hudson ... Principal Claude Rolle
Beau Weaver ... Janus Showreel Narrator
Cliff De Young ... Matt Wolfson
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After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane Hetzko, who is a history teacher at Columbus High School in Miami. Some of Jane's students happen to be members of a street gang known as the "Kings of Destruction" (KOD), led by Juan Lacas, who has been terrorizing Jane. After Jane's kneecap is broken by a big seminole named Bull, she tells Shale that she believes Lacas ordered the attack, so Shale goes undercover as Jane's substitute, and initially, Jane has no idea that Shale is doing this. At the school, Shale meets principal Claude Rolle, librarian Hannah Dillon, and english and drama teacher Darrell Sherman. It turns out that Lacas is one of Jane's students. As Shale investigates the attack on Jane, he discovers that drugs are being circulated into the school. Shale even investigates local drug kingpin Johnny Glades, who may or may not have someone... Written by Todd Baldridge

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The most dangerous thing about school used to be the students. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El sustituto See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,096,833, 21 April 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,752,141, 4 August 1996
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot during the summer months and kids enrolled in summer classes were extras on the film. Free Papa John's pizza was served to anyone who would stay after school. See more »

Goofs

Before Shale throws the last gang member out of the library window, his shirt is dry. After he throws him, the entire shirt front is saturated. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Darrell Sherman: You're a liar!
Principal Claude Rolle: [calmly] I know. It upset me too.
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Spoofed in High School High (1996) See more »

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Guerilla Funk
Written by Paris
Performed by Paris
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Possibly the Best Film of All Time?
20 November 2004 | by KazwellSee all my reviews

Maybe, maybe not. But as far as the action flick genre is concerned this might just rank up there as at least one of the best. Sorry FT. Berenger gives the performance of his life here as a mercenary who goes undercover as a teacher at a school run by drug dealing thugs. Additional kudos go to Ernie Hudson who gives a riveting performance as the high school principal on the brink. Even J Lo's present squeeze Marc Anthony gets into the act as the surly gang leading nemisis to Berenger's good guy portrayal. Director Robert Mandel of School Ties fame does a phenomenal job tying up all the loose ends presented throughout Roy Frumkes and Rocco Simonelli's brilliant screenplay and treating the viewer to a climax that is both intensely shocking as well as entertaining. The beach scene where Berenger's girlfriend played by the lovely Diane Verona a perfect example of why this movie is a real standout. Verona is first seen jogging along the beach while the viewer is treated to the soundtrack's Mongo Jerry's "In the Summertime". Then out of the blue, in broad daylight, in front of dozen's of onlookers, a thug runs up and whacks her knee with a lead pipe ala Nancy Kerigan's Olympic ordeal. Tom Berenger then comes (out of the blue) to her aid and carries her off to the hospital. My only complaint was that were not more scenes in the movie like this one.


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