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The Substitute (1996)

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Mercenary Shale's team is retired after a (not so) covert mission in Cuba. He becomes substitute teacher at his teacher fiancee's Miami high school to get those behind kneecapping her. His team helps him.

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Robert Mandel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... 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 ... Sherman
Shar-Ron Corley ... Jerome (as Sharron Corley)
Vincent Laresca ... Rodriguez
Maurice Compte ... Tay
Marc Anthony ... Lacas
Ernie Hudson ... Rolle
Beau Weaver ... Janus Showreel Narrator
Cliff De Young ... Wolfson
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The shooting range was filmed at Markham Park in the city of Sunrise in Broward County, Florida. See more »

Goofs

At the Jai Alai court when the rival merc is trying to hit Shale, the pelota (jai alai ball) falls out of the cesta on his wind up, but the it is still thrown. See more »

Quotes

[Claude Rolle tells Shale about how the drugs are shipped to the school via bus]
Shale: And they said busing would never work.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Meanest Movie Teachers (2014) See more »

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Licorice Stiks
Written by D. Weldon, C. Givings, S. Bell
Performed by Intense Method
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,096,833, 21 April 1996

Gross USA:

$14,818,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,818,176
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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