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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 ... 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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He has a lesson to teach. And nobody's going to have a problem with it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Trivia

The Fruit stand where some of the filming took place is on Griffin Road near the Florida Turnpike in the Town of Davie Broward County FL. See more »

Goofs

The day after crashing his car after being shot at, Shale arrives at the Jai Alai court with the same car, with no signs of damage. See more »

Quotes

Hollan: Shale, I got four dead cowboys here, and one very fucked-up looking Indian Johnny Glades. Can I put him out of his misery pretty-please?
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: The Peter Principal (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Money, Power, & Women
Written by F. Nassar, G. Ruedaflores, A. Lee Tirvette
Performed by G-Spot-Geez
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Better than "Dangerous Minds"!
23 June 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

On a Friday, some weeks ago: the so-called television highlight for this evening was the "The Substitute", a film that got nothing but bad reviews by the TV guides. Nevertheless I decided to watch this flick - and after all it was really better than I had expected, because this movie contains enough action and suspense to keep you awake! The story is quite far-fetched but interesting in any case and actors like Tom Berenger, Diane Venora or Ernie Hudson do a solid job. Not as demanding as the brilliant "One Eight Seven" starring Samuel L. Jackson but definitely good entertainment!

6/10


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