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

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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

Red-capped pen when Shale is first meeting the black teacher and the librarian in the lounge. See more »

Quotes

Rodriguez: Move that briefcase, I wanna see that beautiful ass.
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Connections

Followed by The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998) See more »

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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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Tremendously satisfying!
1 June 2009 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

Here's one of those immensely satisfying albeit somewhat unlikely flicks in which the scumbags really get their just deserts. Think Dangerous Minds crossed with Death Wish and you'll have a pretty good gist of things here.

The ever excellent Tom Berenger stars as a tough as nails mercenary who seeks retribution after his teacher girlfriend is viciously assaulted on the orders of a high school gang calling themselves the Kings Of Destruction. And what better way for our hero to get up close and personal with his quarry than to take the now vacant teaching position his girl friend has left at school and to pose as a substitute. In this assumed role our man quickly weeds out the problem students with some no nonsense discipline which will be sure to raise a smile on most viewers faces. Matters turn out to be a bit more complex however when it is revealed that the school principle is not quite such a genial chap as he at first appears.....in fact far from it as he is orchestrating the gang within his school and trafficking drugs via them. Subsequently our hero enlists the aid of his mercenary buddies to lend a hand and all merry hell subsequently breaks out including in one hilarious scene, one of our boys firing off a rocket launcher down a school corridor(!!!!!) Yes, whilst realism this may be woefully lacking, in fun it more than makes up for!

Go on, treat yourself to this wonderful slice of carefree and highly satisfying escapism - you know you want to.


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