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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

Tom Berenger's character explains to the class he is teaching about his services and experiences in Vietnam. Berenger played a Sgt. (Barnes) in the Vietnam movie Platoon 10 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Janus is screening the commercial for his "services," the rolling text describing his abilities lists "Helicopter Repelling" instead of "Helicopter Rappelling". See more »

Quotes

Principal Claude Rolle: You don't teach history anymore Smith. You ARE history!
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Head Up
Written by A. Patterson, T. Mundy, C. Cary, T. Prince, L. Windham, T.Sanders, G. Tilman, P.Pitts
Performed by Y.M.S. Featuring Sh'killa
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Always Satisfying To See Punks Get It
16 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Even though it was kind of a low-class type of story and movie with mostly bad, profane people tossing the f-word around like it was candy, it still was an enjoyable movie in a lot of parts and certainly had a satisfying ending. Perhaps that's why it was successful enough to spurn a sequel (albeit, a weak one.)

Tom Berenger is good to watch. He's convincing as a tough guy substitute teacher "Jonathan Shale" who won't put up with the punks in the classroom. And, boy, you see the worst group of high school students I've ever seen on film. Tough to imagine kids harder to encounter than these slime-balls but satisfying to see them dealt with accordingly.

You have to love it.


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